Bruce Castor's performance in the Senate chamber yesterday was so abysmal that even Republicans think it's a joke.
After Castor rambled nonsensically for what seemed like hours, he was invoking Twitter-wide comparisons to the likes of My Cousin Vinny and was reportedly "screamed at" by Trump afterwards.
Bill Mitchell, a Trump fan active on Parler, even suggested that Castor was a Deep State plant designed to throw Trump's trial.
Trump superfan Bill Mitchell suggests that Trump impeachment lawyer Bruce Castor might be a “deep state plant.” https://t.co/hUD2rM3fRC— Zachary Petrizzo (@Zachary Petrizzo)1612967806.0
After first mistakenly identifying himself as the "lead prosecutor"—the position opposing Castor—the opening statement continued going downhill from there.
Bruce Castor's opening statement for the defense is like watching a student trying to bluff their way through an or… https://t.co/82y38Tn4fN— Mark Hamill (@Mark Hamill)1612911391.0
@RexChapman Everyone after Bruce Castor's speech 🤣 https://t.co/aM3aLXVYIx— Ahmed Ali (@Ahmed Ali)1612906265.0
Bruce Castor has embarrassed Pennsylvania and every law professor he’s ever had today.— Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta (@Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta)1612910245.0
Bruce Castor's concluding statement: "He was removed by the voters." Ruh-roh. That's not what Trump says.… https://t.co/XqhZTkVOrr— David Corn (@David Corn)1612903988.0
Some choice moments of word salad include:
"We are so understanding of the concept that people's minds can be overpowered with emotion, where logic does not immediately kick in, that we have recognized examples that otherwise would be hearsay and said that, no, when you're driving down the street, and you look over at your wife, and you say, 'Hey, you know what, that guy is about to drive through the red light and kill that person,' your wife can testify to what you said, because, even though it's technically hearsay, it's an exception, because it's the event living through the person."
If you're wondering why you can't follow the logic of that quote, it's because it's entirely illogical.
Kaitlan Collins: "Trump was not happy with [Bruce Castor's] performance. He was borderline screaming over what was… https://t.co/M2Nia5Y3Lx— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar)1612911113.0
Bruce Castor just made the case for the prosecution: "It doesn't take a historical scholar to know that the 14th am… https://t.co/hwi6KMgXzC— Jessica Morse (@Jessica Morse)1612903830.0
Murkowski on Trump attorney Bruce Castor: “I was really stunned at the first attorney who presented for former Pres… https://t.co/8vlwzPdDVU— Jim Acosta (@Jim Acosta)1612910214.0
Bruce Castor talking in circles hoping we eventually forget what day it is #ImpeachmentTrial https://t.co/uzLiZxRqry— Brianna Tucker (@Brianna Tucker)1612903559.0
Huh? What just happened? #BruceCastor— Olivia of Troye (@Olivia of Troye)1612903871.0
Castor's rambling was so disarming and poor that former governor of New Jersey and Trump ally Chris Christie called it "unthinkable."
"That's a prosecutor's dream come true, for a defense lawyer to stand up during opening and say, 'Wow, wasn't that something? Boy, that was so powerful, we changed strategy'."
Can't believe Bruce Castor said Trump can be arrested and that DOJ can handle him on the Senate floor today. Trump… https://t.co/DOoeVtmQFz— Heather Thomas (@Heather Thomas)1612930510.0
It's not really fair to criticize Trump attorney Bruce Castor until you walk a mile in his shoes. https://t.co/hkoCp1hhfl— Roshan Rinaldi (@Roshan Rinaldi)1612979173.0
You guys...46 Republicans found Bruce Castor's arguments to be the most persuasive today.— Amee Vanderpool (@Amee Vanderpool)1612910187.0
millions of Q followers are listening to Bruce Castor backwards this morning to get their marching orders. There is no other explanation.— Joe Lockhart (@Joe Lockhart)1612961711.0
I transcribed what Bruce Castor said about Ben Sasse to see if it makes more sense (it does not) https://t.co/UGQ91EiqzC— Andrew Solender (@Andrew Solender)1612905741.0
The impeachment trial is entering into its third day and the evidence is piling up against Trump.
A video shown in chambers today brought a gruesome reality to light—most of the Senators only narrowly avoided serious injury or death.
Can Bruce Castor really defend that?