MAGA diehards often described Donald Trump as a 'historic' president, even though he was the 44th white president, and the 2nd failson president in the 21st century alone... Trump's one great historic achievement was becoming the first president to get impeached twice, with his second impeachment trial moving forward today.
Evan Hurst of Wonkette took on the unenviable task of liveblogging the impeachment proceedings. The main defense strategy of Trump's defense team is asserting that he cannot be impeached because he is a private citizen, even though the initial impeachment process was started in the House while he was still squatting in the White House.
Representative Jamie Raskin, of Maryland's testimony was an emotional tour de force, detailing the fear that his family members felt as they hear the sound of insurrectionists, incited by Trump, battering on doors in the Capitol. This is the testimony which will be remembered from this day, from this impeachment trial.
The other memorable moment from today's proceeding was Trump lawyer Bruce Castor advising the Democrats to have Trump arrested by the DoJ, rather than impeached. This is the kind of legal representation that you get when you have a history of not paying his legal bills.
At the end of the day, fifty-six senators voted to proceed with the impeachment trial, though I am not optimistic about a two-thirds majority of the Senate voting to convict Trump. It's going to be a long week, though.