I cannot possibly ignore the fact that we have just come to the end of the impeachment trial of Donald Trump for inciting an insurrection.
His actions over the course of his presidency culminated on 6 January with the lawless attack on the Capitol, which led to several deaths.
I was glued to live coverage of the trial in the U.S. senate and struck by the forceful and convincing arguments, backed up by video evidence, of the prosecutors.
They presented the horrific facts well - sometimes with the understandable emotions of someone who had been there at the time, in realistic in fear of losing their lives.
The two lawyers representing Trump, on the other hand, produced a defence that was hardly worthy of the word. It was pitiful and did little or nothing to answer the charge, much less refute it. Instead, they relied on claims that the trial wasn’t constitutional and accused the Democrats of delaying the trial process when, in fact, that was caused by then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
To any right-minded, independent, non-partisan juror, based purely on the evidence presented at the trial, there could be only one verdict: guilty.
But, unfortunately, the jury was not impartial. It was an equal 50-50 split of Democrats and Republicans, and a two-thirds majority, 67 votes, is needed to convict.
Regretfully, the vote ignored the facts as well as the evidence given at the trial, and was drawn largely along party lines.
Yes, seven Republicans voted honestly to convict but that was ten fewer than needed. The final vote was 57-43 in favour of conviction, far short of the 67 needed.
I am sorry but in no way surprised at the results of the trial. That is what I expected.
The magic 67 deserved to be reached. I saw the evidence. Trump urged his thug army to walk down Pennsylvania Avenue to the Capitol. In the same speech he called on them to “fight like hell”.
Remember, the majority of senators said he was guilty.
Pro-Trump senators effectively stole the trial vote.