The United States consists of more than just the 50 states allowed to send voting representatives to Congress.
People tend to forget that the five major self-governing territories are even a part of our nation, despite the fact that the inhabitants of American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands are officially considered citizens of the United States.
Even though they lack any power to vote on legislation, U.S. territories are allowed to send non-voting delegates to Congress to keep an eye on their citizens’ interests and, as was on display in today’s edition of the Trump impeachment trial, even serve as managers of the prosecution of the impeachment.
In that role, the delegate representing the U.S. Virgin Islands, Stacey Plaskett, put in a sterling performance today as she laid out details in the case against the former president accused of inciting a violent insurrection at the Capitol Building on January 6th.
Delegate Plaskett explained how it was only after staffers associated with the Trump administration got involved in the planning of the Stop The Steal rally that it transformed from an event that took place solely on Washington DC’s ellipse to having a march to the Capitol added to its agenda.
Plaskett: "The truth is President Trump spent months calling his supporters to a march on a specific day in a specific time in a specific place to stop the certification … that is why he must be convicted and disqualified." pic.twitter.com/I3BBg7SOU7
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 10, 2021
Plaskett did a superb job of connecting the dots between Trump’s combative rhetoric and the violent actions of the insurrectionists, although the very fact that she had to walk through these connections for the Republican Senators among the jurors like an elementary school teacher explaining math to a second grader is a stinging indictment of the sincerity and mentality of that segment of her audience today.
People following the trial action on Twitter responded enthusiastically to this little known delegate from one of America’s Caribbean treasures.
All of the Democratic impeachment managers have been presenting an airtight case that casual observers of the proceedings will find difficult to argue with in terms of fact-finding and assigning responsibility.
Delegate Plaskett deserves the kudos she is receiving for her performance as much as the other members of her impeachment team who actually have the right to vote on Congressional matters.
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Vinnie Longobardo is a 35-year veteran of the TV, mobile & internet industries, specializing in start-ups and the international media business. His passions are politics, music and art.