Bruce Castor's opening statement in defense of former President Mr . trump was one of the worst presentations I have ever seen by a public speaker, in any context.
On style, he was similar to a checked-out, tenured college professor who did no preparation for a lecture that had been designed by his TA. His manner was listless and utterly devoid of charisma-halting mumblecore, with Castor frequently pausing for applause. He would have had more gravitas had he been replaced with the filter of a regal kitten.
Castor's argumentation was so indolent that it made Sleepy Joe Biden seem like the Energizer Bunny on meth.
His substance wasn't much better, which Castor seemed to acknowledge in this admission against interest after his statement:
\”We changed what we should were going to do on account that people thought the House impeachment managers' presentation was congratulations and I wanted you to realize that we have responses to those things,\” he explained.
Maybe he should have stuck with the initial, because it is hard to summarize just what Castor's argument in defense of Trump was.
Don't take my word for this. Trump supplicant Alan Dershowitz literally told the gentle viewers of Newsmax, \”There isn't any argument. I have no idea what he's doing.\” Newsmax cut away from the proceedings to spare their audience. Though it's not clear from what. Maybe it was Castor's ineptitude? Or his referring to Mr . trump as \”former president\”? Or his admission that Trump was \”removed from office by voters\”-voters who were \”smart\”?
None of that could have made former President Trump happy. Maybe he should come and defend himself?
According to Google, Castor is simply 59 years old-a spring sloth, through the standards of the legal profession. However, you might have thought he was a nonagenarian with declining mental acuity. He started anecdotes only to abandon them. He took meandering digressions-remember what a record player was? His allegories were hard to decipher. At one point at the start of the argument, he appeared to imply that Trump's crimes were more similar to manslaughter than murder. He expressed outrage within the censure of Ben Sasse by the Nebraska GOP. but didn't appear to understand why or by whom Sasse have been censured, bizarrely suggesting that the Nebraska judiciary had something related to it.
Castor started one sentence by stating that he originally planned to make use of the phrase \”release the whirlwind\” but then realized it had already been taken. Castor repeatedly spoke to his friend \”Pat\” off camera, making asides he himself acknowledged weren't to the stage.
In the end Castor's case for Trump might be generously described as follows:
- Punting around the specifics of the constitutionality question that Rep. Joe Neguse skillfully obliterated during the House managers' presentation.
- Lecturing the senators about comity and friendship.
- Arguing that the voters already removed Trump from office despite the truth that the insurrection was premised on the Big Lie that Trump himself still maintains.
- Reminding people repeatedly that he is pals with Pat Toomey.
- Ignoring the merits of the case against Trump altogether.
And so, when you get right down to it, it really isn't Bruce Castor's fault, could it be?
If Trump could be defended on the merits, he would be. And if he'd been a less hazardous demagogue, then he would have been able to get a better lawyer to take his case.
The the truth is that almost none of Trump's defenders are attempting to defend him on the merits. Marco Rubio is pretending to become upset that the Senate isn't focusing on other things. Lindsey Graham and Sean Hannity are pretending that equally impeachable things were made by Eric Holder, Cory Booker, and Maxine Waters . Rob Portman says what Trump did was bad, simply not bad enough to do anything about.
So what we should have is an impeachment trial where each side are more or less stipulating that Trump's actions are indefensible. But Republicans can't state that out loud, because they live in fear of their own voters.
And that's how you obtain the inept, incompetent, ill-fitting, hapless, ineffectual, meandering, bumbling Bruce.
UPDATE: CNN reports that President Trump shared this assessment and was screaming at his television throughout the presentation. Castor’s failings also cost Trump the support of Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy who voted against the former president on the question of constitutionality citing the legal team’s poor arguments.
“If someone disagrees with my vote and would really like an explanation I ask them to pay attention to the arguments presented by the House Managers and former Pres. Trump's lawyers. The home managers had much stronger constitutional arguments. The president's team didn't.” Sen. Cassidy