North Carolina senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis voted their fear yesterday. They're afraid of Trump, first, and of Trump's mob, 2nd (though the mob may be moving up in the standings after January 6th).
We heard from eye witnesses yesterday that several Republican senators were afraid to look at the 13-minute video of the insurrection. They turned their heads away, they averted their eyes, they pretended to be absorbed by paperwork in their desks. Did Richard Burr turn his head away? Did he avert his eyes? That cobbled-together quick video of the insurrection offered the ocular proof of what Trump's mob can do in service to the big lie. The senators might wink at the video evidence, but they can't escape basic geography. They have their butts planted in the actual scene of the crime (planted because every senator is literally required to be there sitting at his/her desk for the duration of the trial).