Nearly all the Republican Senators signed off on Trump’s unsuccessful attempt to overturn an election by force and violence. They sanctioned mob rule. If there is any doubt as to whose pulling the strings in the Republican Party, today’s vote by Senate Republicans settled that matter and revealed once again their political DNA.

Their politics are steeped in lies and disinformation – outright and unapologetic – and turn on undemocratic, white supremacist, minority rule, enforced where necessary by violence and bloodshed.

Today they heard compelling arguments from the Democratic House managers for an impeachment trial and impeachment, but those arguments landed on deaf ears.