The Impeachment Trial of Donald Trump is still underway as I write this. It seems that the trial will reach its conclusion in a few days with no witnesses being called or newly, available evidence being admitted. Of the three impeachment proceedings (Johnson, Clinton, and Trump) only Trump’s impeachment will fail to call any witnesses or allow any new evidence to be introduced. History will judge all the actors including Elizabeth Warren, who’s question to Chief Justice Roberts might be the moment that history remembers above all else. She asked, “At a time when large majorities of Americans have lost faith in government, does the fact that the chief justice is presiding over an impeachment trial in which Republican senators have thus far refused to allow witnesses or evidence contribute to the loss of legitimacy of the chief justice, the Supreme Court, and the Constitution?” You can hear Chief Justice Roberts read the question out loud here. The chagrin on his face is quite noticeable.
There are moments when History beckons a person onto its stage and this was one of those moments. Senator Warren rose to the occasion and delivered a performance in the form of a simple question that will echo down the halls of history. She took a stand for the Constitution and the gravity of these events, the Senate trial of Donald J Trump. History will remember this trial and will remember Senator Warren as a Senator who stood up against the partisanship which disgraced these proceedings. This was her moment to be Presidential and she seized the moment. I have a newly found respect for her.
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While hers was a well-constructed, if manipulative, question, it did nothing to redeem Elizabeth Warren in my eyes. Just about anyone can ask a noteworthy, intelligent question, if given the time and possessing the will to think it out. Elizabeth Warren watched Bernie Sanders construct his platform and strengthen his base in the run-up to the 2015 Democratic convention, and realized that, in order to compete with him this time around, she had to emulate him closely enough to seem like him but not quite so closely as to be open to accusations of being an out and out copy cat or, god forbid, a socialist/communist. It is hard work keeping up but not overstepping the fine line, and I believe that it has made her a bit reckless – to wit, her patent pandering on 01/30/2020, when she said that her Secretary of Education would have to be vetted first by a young trans person, and the question we speak of here.
The DNC ripped the nomination from Bernie in 2015 but he is still the standard to which every other Democratic contender must rise, even if they are slightly to the left of the middle of the road, as she is. She is still Elizabeth Warren, casting aspersions on the Republican party in the person of the Chief Justice, and Bernie Sanders is still himself, asking how we can be expected to believe anything Donald Trump says, which was much more to the point of the proceedings. Even Adam Schiff would not slide down that slippery slope to impugning the Chief Justice who, after all, is nothing more than a captive figurehead in this “trial”, whatever his leanings may be.