A few hours [after the trial session ended], van der Veen erupted into the Senate well around the day he had. “We’re not having fun here,” he said. “This is the most pathetic experience I’ve had here in Washington, DC.”
I watched that party of self-pity from my own house and thought: How on earth could the former president of the United States hire a team of tits that are so bad by law?
Trump advertises himself as a billionaire. He certainly raised tens of millions of dollars for his legal fund. Why didn’t he have good lawyers at the second recall trial? Yes, he is in many ways an unattractive defendant. But good lawyers regularly accept unattractive defendants. The problem seems to be that Trump affirmatively prefers bad taxation. More precisely, that he values a good law less than an aggressive and insecure law.
For more than 20 hours, the trial offered a stark contrast between people who stood out in their jobs and people who fidgeted in their jobs. In doing so, the trial aptly symbolized so much of what happened during Trump’s four years.
With corruption and authoritarianism, brutality and stubbornness, the Trump presidency has excelled in persevering to drip,, to drip,, to drip sloppiness and carelessness: they are just as important as frequent spelling mistakes in White House press releases and as deadly as the frightening mismanagement of the coronavirus pandemic. The Trump administration employs from top to bottom people who were bad at things.