Many people find themselves discovering their true identity later in life and Bruce Castor looks to be one of them. His new identity is going to be Dunce Lawyer and at the rate he’s going, he may give Rudy Giuliani a run for the championship. At the very least, Castor is now Giuliani’s sidekick as court jester.
When asked about yesterday’s compelling presentation by the House impeachment managers, which had Bill Cassidy shaking his head and James Lankford breaking down in tears, Castor told reporters,
“I didn’t learn anything that I didn’t already know. “We know a mob breached the Capitol and wreaked havoc in the building. I’m waiting for them to connect that up to President Trump and so far that hadn’t happened.”
Castor can’t see the causal connection here. The rest of us, anybody with a normal mind, is seeing overwhelming evidence, but not Bruce.
Now, unless he was seeing different video footage from what the rest of us saw, it was abundantly clear that Trump:
- Lied about the election since before the election, saying “the only way they can win is to cheat;”
- Asked the mob to come to Washington on January 6, said “will be wild;”
- Incited the assault on the Capitol, telling the crowd to “fight like hell” and “we’re going to walk down the street;”
- Did not condemn the violence and did nothing to stop it;
- Tweeted attacks on Mike Pence, even as the mob was going down the street, one of which was read on camera;
- Refused to call off the mob, NOR call out the National Guard;
- Afterwards celebrated the insurrection and doubled down, yet again, on how the election had been stolen.
But Bruce Castor can’t find a causal connection. To him it was merely “emotional” footage — akin to the House managers showing the forest fire scene from Bambi, we imagine. There’s no connection to Trump there, but it is emotional footage.
And speaking of fire analogies, Jamie Raskin nailed it totally when he said, “This case is much worse than when someone falsely shouts ‘fire’ in a crowded theater. It’s more like a case where the town fire chief, who’s paid to put out fires, sends a mob, not to yell ‘fire’ in a crowded theater, but to actually set the theater on fire.” Thank you, Congressman Raskin.
The videos, which included Capitol security footage of senators narrowly evading the rioters, showed insurrectionists breaking windows, chanting “stop the steal,” and rushing through the hallways into normally closed-off areas of the House and Senate wings. Senators and then-Vice President Mike Pence had to be whisked to a secret safe area—missing the mob by mere minutes.
But Castor said the footage was meant to play on emotions.
“All it did was create presumptions,” he said. “We deal with evidence, not guesses.”
“I believe it would have an emotional impact on any jury but, [there are] two sides of a coin. Haven’t played ours,” he added.
And we can’t wait for that. About the only thing missing is that Castor hasn’t asked if he could do a remote presentation from the Four Seasons Landscaping Company in Philadelphia — or a local D.C. equivalent. Is there a crematorium and dildo shop anywhere near by? This is all Castor needs to lend a truly Trumpian air to the proceedings, and maybe he could associate in Giuliani to help him.