Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) had a creative solution for Senate Republicans growing weary of the marathon impeachment trial: “If you don’t want to do your job Senators, then you should quit.”
The Democratic lawmaker erupted in response to reports that Republican senators had left the chamber during Rep. Adam Schiff’s (D-CA) opening arguments on Wednesday.
Evidently, Tlaib is not sympathetic to senators struggling to pay attention through back-to-back days of speeches and rehashed presentations.
Tlaib: Republican senators should “quit”
Tlaib is among the most vocal advocates for President Donald Trump’s impeachment. She became known to many Americans for the first time when a viral video spread that showed her promising to “impeach the motherf—-r.”
Although Tlaib, Schiff, and other Democrats have finally gotten their wish, the impeachment trial is widely seen as a formality by both parties at this point. Trump is all but assured to remain in office, leaving the 100 senators who must decide his fate to sit through hours and hours of tedious monologues and cable news talking points.
Some senators have been spotted dozing off, reading books, and pacing around to stay awake. As Schiff made his case Wednesday afternoon that Trump was trying to “cheat” in the 2020 election by pressuring Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, some 20 Republican senators and two Democrats were counted as missing by journalist Michael McAuliff.
Dems: Republicans are traitors if they don’t convict Trump
Although Senate Republicans have no plans to dismiss the charges outright, they have made no secret of their desire to move on from the trial as soon as possible. Democrats, doing what they can to make the most of a losing situation, have dialed up a shame campaign to frame Republicans as co-conspirators of a corrupt president.
They entered the third and final day of opening arguments with a new talking point — “right matters” — as Schiff pleaded with Republicans to do the right thing by voting to convict Trump and remove him from office. The tone of phony moral uplift made for a contrast with the more accusatory language Democrats have used of late, like “cover-up,” to impugn Republicans for seeking to limit witnesses.
“Let me tell you something. If right doesn’t matter, it doesn’t matter how good the Constitution is,” Schiff said. “If you find him guilty you must find that he should be removed. Because right matters.”
Trump Team ready to fight
In essence, Democrats are making the argument that Republicans who do not support Trump’s conviction, or for that matter letting more witnesses testify in the trial, are traitors. But such language has failed to move Republicans after three years of bare-knuckled “Resistance” left the impression that Democrats simply don’t like the president, and will do anything to remove him from power.
The trial began in earnest Wednesday afternoon after a 13-hour debate that stretched into the early morning the night before, and the senators were back Thursday and Friday for more arguments. Democrats will argue Friday that Trump obstructed Congress by resisting their subpoenas.
The president’s legal team will begin their rebuttal Saturday, and the trial will continue next week after a break on Sunday. Then a vote on witnesses will determine whether the trial wraps up quickly or drags on into February. “We will be putting on a vigorous defense of both facts, rebutting what they said,” promised Trump attorney Jay Sekulow.