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Impeachment is worth shedding tears over

Gregory B. Craig

Going into former President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, I wondered how and whether Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., would deal with the issue of his son’s suicide. In his remarks on Tuesday, the trial’s opening day, he told a story about sharing grief with his family and bringing his family to the House of Representatives for the certification of President Joe Biden’s victory, and then having to deal with the violence of the insurrection. 

He broke into tears when he told the Senate that his daughter informed him that, because the events of the day, fear and violence, had been so unsettling, she never wanted to come back to the Capitol, ever again. Raskin held himself together, but the tears were memorable.

Then — as if required to match tear for tear and sob for sob — David Schoen, counsel for the Trump team, appeared to break into tears as he recited — in the closing moments of his presentation — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem, “The Building of the Ship.” He, too, was emotional. Totally understandable.

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