- Senators were shaken as they watched footage from the Capitol riot at Trump’s impeachment trial Wednesday.
- But Trump, watching the trial from Florida, was unmoved and mocking Democrats, per The Daily Beast.
- A source close to Trump laughed when asked by CNN if he had shown any remorse for the riot.
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On Wednesday, House impeachment managers showed never-before-seen footage from last month’s Capitol riot — including clips of Vice President Mike Pence and senators being rushed to safety to evade the mob.
The footage was enough to bring a silence over the Senate chamber as they were played during the second day of former President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, and one senator was even brought to tears.
But Trump was unmoved and mocked the Democrats as he watched the trial hundreds of miles south at his home in Florida, sources told The Daily Beast.
Jason Miller, a senior advisor to Trump, told The Daily Beast that the former president was in a “really good mood” on Wednesday.
Trump also thought the Democrats’ presentations were “terrible” and marked a “massive drop-off in quality,” Miller told The Daily Beast.
When the new footage was shown, Trump kept sneering, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Daily Beast. He also showed contempt for one of the impeachment managers, Rep. Eric Swalwell of California, whom he called “pathetic,” the source said.
The source added that Trump privately said he thought the videos were manipulative and being used to divide the country.
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Meanwhile, a source close to Trump told CNN the former president still hasn’t expressed any regret over the riot.
When asked if Trump had shown any remorse, the source laughed and said there’s no greater offense to Trump than saying “sorry.”
The source acknowledged to CNN that the facts of the case are “really bad” and that the new videos shown at the trial on Wednesday were “undeniably powerful.”
But they added that they think the Democrats realize that they won’t be able to convict Trump and are using the trial to sway public opinion against the former president so he won’t run for office again, according to CNN.
On Tuesday, 44 of the 50 Senate Republicans voted against the impeachment trial moving forward, believing that it was unconstitutional to impeach a sitting president.
While that wasn’t enough votes to stop the trial, it could be a preview of how the final vote will go down.
If that’s the case, there will not be enough votes to convict Trump. If all the Senate Democrats vote to convict Trump, 17 Republicans will need to join them in order to achieve a two-thirds majority conviction.
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