Live Blog: Democrats Make the Case for Convicting Trump

Welcome back to Mother Jones‘ live coverage of Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial.

Day 2 will see Democrats lay out the case for a Senate conviction of the former president over his role in fomenting the January 6 Capitol insurrection. Things kick off at noon, and you can expect more footage taken inside the Capitol during the attack after House impeachment managers started the first day with an unflinching video montage chronicling that violence.

If you missed Day 1, we’ve got an excellent podcast episode breaking down what happened, including lead House impeachment manager Rep. Jamie Raskin’s deeply emotional remarks on the personal stakes of the trial. (Raskin brought his daughter and son-in-law to the Capitol on the day of the attack, and had buried his 25-year-old son the day before.) The opening day of Trump’s second impeachment trial was also noteworthy for the rambling, widely-panned performance from Trump’s defense team. Follow along for live updates:

10:00 a.m. ET: So how is Trump taking this so far? Not great! According to the Washington Post, Trump is reportedly livid over defense lawyer Bruce Castor’s debut outing on Tuesday, taking issue with not only Castor’s bizarre and rambling remarks but also his clothes:

Tuesday’s opening arguments did not unfold as Trump or his allies had hoped. Trump was especially disappointed in the performance of his lawyer Bruce Castor, who gave a rambling argument, wore an ill-fitting suit and at one point praised the case presented by the Democratic House impeachment managers, two people involved in the effort said. The former president—monitoring the trial on television from Florida—had expected a swashbuckling lawyer and instead watched what was a confusing and disjointed performance.

Several Trump advisers also described Castor’s performance in harsh terms as underwhelming, as did a number of senators, including Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), who said the shoddy defense spurred him to change his vote on the constitutionality of the proceedings.

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