Remember after the election of Donald Trump when pundits kept wondering when Trump would GO TOO FAR for establishment Republicans? Well funny story about that! He’s getting impeached and Mitch McConnell is completely open to Trump golf club polisher Sean Hannity that the only purpose of the Senate trial will to be as politically beneficial to Trump as possible while acquiting him:
The interview showcases how Trump’s propagandists have succeeded in creating a universe that is as hermetically sealed off from this scandal’s widely and firmly established set of facts as one half of a divided cell is from the other.
In this universe, it’s simultaneously the case that everything Trump said on his corrupt call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was absolutely fine and that the key elements of Trump’s pressure on Zelensky simply never happened.
And in this universe, it’s not just fully understood that Trump’s acquittal is assured in advance and that the trial will be gamed to Trump’s maximum benefit. It’s also understood that this is how it should be. Indeed, the interview appears designed to reassure audiences of all this.
That was plainly evident in McConnell’s quotes about how this process will unfold. As McConnell said: “Everything I do during this, I’m coordinating with the White House counsel. There will be no difference between the president’s position and our position as to how to handle this.”
McConnell also said: “We’ll be working through this process … in total coordination with the White House counsel’s office and the people representing the president in the well of the Senate.”
Many have sharply criticized McConnell for telegraphing that the trial will be gamed in advance to assure Trump’s acquittal and to make it as politically painless as possible.
That’s true, but it’s worse than this. Note that Hannity treated this not just as utterly unremarkable, but as how things ought to be.
Anyway, don’t worry, if Biden wins the fever will break!