The launch of Donald Trump’s trial before the US Senate was the stuff of surrealist comedy. This was a spectacle as ridiculous as Monty Python’s “All-England Summarize Proust Competition” in which competitors attempted to sum up À la recherche du temps perdu in fifteen seconds. The punchline of Python’s sketch is that the prize doesn’t go to any of the valiant efforts to recite Proust at breakneck speed. The winner is the glamorous model the judge pulls out from behind the curtain at the last second.