Why David Schoen was covering his head

David Schoen unwittingly gave Twitter a lesson in orthodox Jewish customs during former President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial on Tuesday.

Mr Schoen, Mr Trump’s attorney, rested his hand on top of his head each time he took a sip of water while making his opening argument that the case is unconstitutional.

Several viewers noted Mr Schoen’s seemingly unusual drinking habit, with some even suggesting he was trying to keep a toupee from falling.

“Is anybody going to acknowledge the way David Schoen is drinking water?” one user wrote.

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But the lawyer was likely making the ritual move because he is religiously observant.

Rabbi Menchem Genack, chief executive of the kosher division of the Orthodox Union, explained that since Mr Schoen is an observant Jew, he must cover his head and say a blessing whenever he eats or drinks.

“Each time we eat or drink something we say a blessing to thank God and we cover our head, typically with a yarmulke, to show respect and to acknowledge that there’s someone above us,” Mr Genack told The New York Post.

“Since he wasn’t wearing a yarmulke he wanted to at least cover his head with his hand.”

The observation came as Mr Schoen made his arguments against the impeachment trial, warning it could “tear the country in half” and make tens of millions of people who voted for Donald Trump feeling left out.

“These elitists have mocked them for four years. They’ve called their fellow Americans, who believe in their country and their Constitution, ‘deplorables’. And their latest talk is that they need to deprogram those who supported Donald Trump and the GOP,” he said.

“But at the end of the day, this is not just about Donald Trump, or any individual. This is about our Constitution, and abusing the impeachment power for political gain.

“They tell us that we have to have this impeachment trial, such as it is, to bring about unity. But they don’t want unity. And they know this so-called trial will tear the country in half, leaving tens of millions of Americans feeling left out of the nation’s agenda.

“This trial will tear this country apart, perhaps like we have only seen once before in our history.”

This article originally appeared on The New York Post and has been republished here with permission.

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