House impeachment managers made a tight, focused argument in the opening hours of former President Trump’s impeachment hearing, before Representative Jamie Raskin closed with an emotional, first-person account of the events of January 6.
At this point, the ball was in Team Trump’s court to defuse the tension in the room and make a case that the entire process is technically unconstitutional. In order to achieve this goal, the team sent in Bruce Castor, the Pennsylvania prosecutor who refused to prosecute Bill Cosby. With the game ball in hand, Castor proceeded to sort of clumsily dribble the ball around the court in a bravura turn of verbal flatulence.
Bruce Castor. Verbatim:
"I saw a headline, 'representative so and so seeks to walk back comments about'— I forget what it was. Something that bothered her. I was devastated when I saw that she thought it was necessary to go on television yesterday or the day before."
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) February 9, 2021
Castor’s unique blend of incoherent rambling, charming confidence, and hairpin turns in train of thought inspired legions of viewers watching along online to blast out memes about the man.
The prosecutor reminded some people of Saturday Night Live characters.
— Mike Ryan (@mikeryan) February 9, 2021
I'm listening to the impeachment on Sirius, so I can't see what Bruce Castor looks like. But I imagine it's something like this? pic.twitter.com/MtZbBdkcSp
— Christian Finnegan (@ChristFinnegan) February 9, 2021
He reminded other people of litigious characters from The Simpsons and Futurama.
— James Poniewozik (@poniewozik) February 9, 2021
"Nebraska is quite a judicial thinking place" pic.twitter.com/mFjvX9YmH3
— delrayser (@delrayser) February 9, 2021
— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) February 9, 2021
— MrEmpathy (@MrEmpathy3) February 9, 2021
— Scott Bixby (@scottbix) February 9, 2021
And he reminded many more of various folks from movies and other TV shows.
same energy pic.twitter.com/YIkfFM2OCh
— Steadman™ (@AsteadWesley) February 9, 2021
— Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) February 9, 2021
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) February 9, 2021
— Brianna Tucker (@BriannaATucker) February 9, 2021
— Karms (@IanKarmel) February 9, 2021
Fortunately for Bruce Castor, he was immediately followed by an attorney who drinks water like this, instantly replacing him as the main character on Twitter for the afternoon.