Throughout the monumentally important impeachment trial of President Donald J. Trump, his Republican sycophants in the Senate have been behaving like spoiled children. They’re falling asleep in their chairs, getting distracted and wandering off, and endlessly complaining about how unfair and boring the whole process is.
The comparison was made even more acute this afternoon when Sen. Richard Burr of Virginia began handing out fidget spinners to his colleagues to help keep them entertained during the long hours of debate that they have no interest in paying attention to, the opening of a trial whose conclusion they have already predetermined. His colleagues followed suit in the childish behavior; Rand Paul (R-KY) began drawing a pretty picture while Sen. Blackburn (R-TN) read a nice little storybook.
A United States senator is giving his colleagues fidget spinners to stay busy during the impeachment trial
— Jennifer Shutt (@JenniferShutt) January 23, 2020
— Garrett Haake (@GarrettHaake) January 23, 2020
They then had — not making this up — hamburgers and hotdogs for lunch with ice cream for dessert!
While we realize that it is sometimes difficult to sit listening to hearings for eight hours a day, they are being paid almost $200,000 in taxpayer dollars a year to do so — a year in which they have to “work” only for 160 or so days.
It is beyond infuriating to see the men and women who have been charged with governing this nation behaving like toddlers in a daycare center out of petulance and spite.
By refusing to hold anything resembling a fair trial and then having the nerve to complain about it while behaving in such a manner they are metaphorically wetting themselves on the Constitution and daring their voters to do something about it, safe and secure in their gerrymandered high chairs.
We must make them pay for this in November.
Opinion columnist and former editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.