The Nation’s justice correspondent Elie Mystal went off on a epic rant against the Trump impeachment defense’s strategy of dismissing first-hand and video evidence as hearsay and trafficking in “cancel culture” tropes to distract from Donald Trump’s role in the Capitol insurrection.
Speaking with MSNBC host Joy Reid after the fourth day of the Senate impeachment trial, Mystal repeatedly mocked the performance of Trump lawyers Bruce Castor and Michael van der Veen, often eliciting peals of laughter from Reid as he skewered their alleged legal missteps.
“You’re a defense lawyer,” Reid said introducing him on a panel. “Eli, I’ll start with you. Did you hear a defense today?”
“Yeah, I did,” Mystal replied, before launching into an acidly sarcastic takedown accompanied by mock-sinister hand gestures. “I heard: I’m just