There was a variety of information since Final Week Tonight with John Oliver final aired in November such because the launch of the vaccine rollout, Wall Road’s Recreation Cease extravaganza and a week-long obsession with sea shanties — no matter that was about. That stated, Oliver determined to usher in season 8 with some of the urgent information tales from final week: Donald Trump’s impeachment trial.
“Democrats placed on a compelling forensic case about Trump’s clear function as an instigator of the January 6 riots and in response, his attorneys mounted a protection that might charitably be characterised as ‘incoherent’ with lowlights starting from one lawyer reminiscing about his childhood document assortment to a different subjecting the senate to an 11 minute video of Democrats merely utilizing the phrase ‘battle’,” stated Oliver. It might need appeared that they could weren’t making an attempt very laborious however that is likely to be as a result of they didn’t actually need to.” He identified that Ted Cruz even met with Trump’s attorneys whereas the case was nonetheless happening to inform them that the end result was already virtually decided and that they already received.
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“The factor is, he was proper,” admitted Oliver. He added that Republicans have been going to acquit the previous Celeb Apprentice host it doesn’t matter what is a “miserable signal of how deep Trumpism runs of their occasion.” Nevertheless, on the state degree, it’s even worse.
Greater than a dozen state legislators participated within the “Cease the Steal” rally previous the riots and considered one of them, Derrick Evans, a newly elected West Virginia state legislator truly made it inside and claimed he was a member of media to “movie historical past”, the footage he filmed appeared to talk in any other case as he was seen yelling “Trump!” and delightfully collaborating within the revolt.
Evans has since resigned — however there are extra.
Oregon’s GOP put out an announcement saying that the riots have been a “false flag” operation designed to discredit Trump whereas Michigan’s high elected Republican Mike Shirkey went on tape to unfold false claims saying that the lethal riots have been a hoax and it was prearranged by somebody funding it though Trump who repeatedly tweeted concerning the January 6 protest saying issues like “Be there, will likely be wild”.
In the meantime, Arizona’s Republican occasion censured three members for not sufficiently supporting Trump together with Cindy McCain. Additionally they retweeted and tweeted out messages that helped gasoline the hearth that might later erupt on January 6 together with a quote from the 2008 Rambo film that learn: “That is what we do, who we’re. Reside for nothing, or die for one thing” regarding the Cease the Steal marketing campaign.
As well as, Republican Senators in Arizona have additionally tried to carry the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors in contempt for refusing to show over voting ballots and machines for inspection. A GOP lawmaker in Arizona additionally filed a invoice that might enable the legislature to revoke election certification. In different phrases, if this have been a regulation in November, the state would have given the electoral votes to Trump.
Republicans throughout the nation have nonetheless responded to what has been referred to as the “most safe election in U.S. historical past” by pushing legal guidelines that may proceed to make voting harder. Arizona has introduced 19 restrictive payments to voting rights whereas 33 states have launched over 165 restrictive payments this 12 months.
Fortunately, there’s H.R.1 and the John Lewis Voting Rights Development Act that may curb all this voter suppression — however there’s a catch. These payments have a very good probability of getting enacted in the event that they finish the filibuster. To do that, all Democrats should be on board — Joe Manchin doesn’t wish to kill the filibuster. That makes issues troublesome.
“It’s unhealthy sufficient [he’s] defending the filibuster to defend the legacy of Robert C. Byrd, a person who actually used to attempt to block the unique Voting Rights Act in 1964,” Oliver stated. Byrd used the factor Manchin is advocating for within the worst doable means.
“It’d be like selling Zoom by reminding everybody that Jeffrey Toobin used it,” quipped Oliver.
Along with Manchin, Oliver factors out that Democrats like Kyrsten Sinema and Dianne Feinstein have defended the filibuster whereas President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have remained “lukewarm” on the difficulty.
“Democrats merely can’t afford to relaxation on their laurels proper now — Republicans positively aren’t!” he insisted. “They made it abundantly clear they’re keen to take issues to drastic ranges and Democrats simply don’t appear remotely ready to fulfill that menace proper now.”
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