Sen. John Thune, the minority whip and a member of GOP leadership, told reporters that he believes the House managers have done an “effective job” and are “connecting the dots” from former President Trump’s words to the insurrection.
“I think they were very effective. They had a strong presentation put together in a way that I think makes it pretty compelling,” Thune said.
Thune added later that “I think they’ve done a good job of connecting the dots. The President’s Twitter feed is a matter of public record, and I think I said [they’ve] done an effective job of just going back several months and just showing that public record.”
Asked how he was feeling, Thune said, “I feel sorry for you guys and the staff and everybody else who was here that day. I just think it was a very traumatic experience for a lot of people here and not just people here, but on the way here and anybody who was caught up in the mob. It is a harsh reminder of what happens when you let something like that get out of hand.”
As CNN has reported, it is still unclear what impact all of this has on someone like Thune’s ultimate vote on the question of conviction.
“Like I have said all along that I am going to listen to the arguments and look at the evidence, and I’m doing that. And like I said, these guys were, I think, very effective, and I’ll see what kind of arguments defense puts up, but I am going to listen and draw conclusions when it is all done,” Thune said.