The impeachment of President Trump is underway. In order to keep decorum on the floor of the Senate while even a cretin like Adam Schiff is speaking, there are rules.
They can’t get snot-slinging drunk as much as they’d like
As best I can tell by reading Riddick's Procedure, the "only-water-and-milk" rule on the Senate floor dates back to 1966 … when a filibustering senator was permitted by the chair to drink milk on the floor. pic.twitter.com/V3DT4yuMUP
— Steven Portnoy (@stevenportnoy) January 21, 2020
They have to keep quiet:
Senators must be silent during the impeachment trial. One joked that they’re taking bets on whether Lindsey Graham can do it https://t.co/DSecMg6tKM
— Amy Fiscus (@amyfiscus) January 21, 2020
And, they can’t have electronic devices on the floor. This latter rule seems to be widely ignored simply because of the ubiquity of those devices.
At least 8 senators had Apple Watches strapped on their wrists in the chamber at the start of the impeachment trial Tuesday, despite guidelines from Senate leadership that all electronics should be left in the cloakroom in the provided storage. https://t.co/OVVg9T3p9S
— K Tully-McManus (@ktullymcmanus) January 21, 2020
There has been no bigger offender of the ‘no electronics rule’ than Texas Senator Ted Cruz. His Twitter timeline has been alive for the past hour-and-a-half. Now it may be a staffer keeping the lights on but former Bill Clinton spokesman Joe Lockhart got all whiny little girl about Cruz roasting Adam Schiff while he was speaking and complained, naturally, on Twitter.
Senators on the floor are sworn to silence and have no electronic devices. So how is this Senator tweeting? Did he sneak a phone in. Is he willing to go to prison? Or is the tweet from someone other than Cruz. @jack you should investigate
— Joe Lockhart (@joelockhart) January 21, 2020
Can you imagine asking Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to investigate a US Senator for allegedly breaking some bullsh** decorum rule of the Senate? What next? Investigate if he washed his hands after doing a Number One? Has this guy stopped injecting gravy under his hide and started snorting it?
Ted Cruz fired back as only he can
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) January 21, 2020
As you’re laughing, enjoy this actual video of Adam Schiff’s opening argument