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Turns out standing up for rule of law has pitfalls and advantages.

As impeachment plays out this week, we’re reminded that testifying against Trump’s mafia-cult can be a horrifying experience. Ukraine Whistleblower’s lawyers are getting death threats; witnesses Fiona Hill and Marie Yovanovitch are also getting death threats; and U.S. Army is prepared to move witness Alexander Vindman to a secure location if they determine his life is in danger.

MAGA nutbags can be a violent bunch, sure, but it’s important to remember that Americans are cheering the right people at the right time.

Here, right matters—Alexander Vindman

After concluding her testimony, Marie Yovanovitch received a standing ovation from the gallery audience

Yovanovitch also received spontaneous standing-O at a Washington, D.C. jazz club

‘Here, right matters’—Vindman’s simple line received applause

Quite unusual to have hearing audiences at the Capitol applaud for witnesses, which is why I filed this to “Cure Your Crankies.” In this dark and uncertain time, we needed a reminder that Americans are cheering all the right people—for all the right reasons. 🇨

UPDATE: I’ll be adding quite a few more clips of spontaneous applause as I get them; here we have Rep. Jackie Speier taking it to a MAGA yutz in fine fashion

UPDATE 2: “Getting caught is no defense” = Adam Schiff’s finest hour. they will teach his impeachment leadership in history classes 50 years from now

Will Pollocksideways is a perpetually crabby New York City escapee based in Midtown Atlanta. He’s a freelance multimedia journalist, media analyst and author of two books (award-wining Pizza for Good & Leaving Triscuit), with more on the way.

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