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President Trump arrives at the White House on January 12. Drew Angerer / Getty Images

That day he is charged with a make history for the second timePresident Trump lacks a comprehensive legal strategy, has nothing on his public schedule, and is without his preferred social media response methods – also because his son-in-law suspended efforts to establish his presence on fringe platforms after he was banned from Twitter.

It is almost invisible to the president at the most dangerous moment of his presidency, which ends in tumult and dramatic reprimand for members of his own party.

The helpers expect Trump to follow the events on television all day. But without Twitter, a rally, a team of lawyers or Republicans ready to defend his actions, Trump will weather the historic shame in a hushed way.

This is a distant cry from the first time he was indicted when aides were organizing a campaign rally in aptly named Battle Creek, Michigan, which coincided with the House vote.

At the rally, held at the same time that members were indicting him, his press secretary appeared in the crowd to hold up a poster with the total number of votes.

“We have every single Republican (to vote) to ourselves!” Trump crowed when he saw the closing balance, adding, “It doesn’t really feel like we’re being charged.”

It doesn’t feel like that this time. A handful of Republicans stand ready to vote to indict him, including Rep. Liz Cheney, Republican of House No. 3.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is now said to believe Impeachment will help oust Trump from the GOP for good. Trump was particularly outraged Tuesday night by Cheney’s announcement that he had betrayed the office of president, according to a person familiar with his reaction.

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While other Republicans oppose impeachment because they say it is “divisive,” they are not defending Trump on what he is charged with: inciting a riot.

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