Democratic House Impeachment Managers opened their case against Donald Trump with a 13-minute video that explicitly detailed the actions of protestors who attacked the Capitol on January 6.
The video was a montage that showed Donald Trump speaking at the “Stop the Steal” rally and the actions of the attacker some of which were chanting “We are listening to Trump, your boss!”
The video showed Trump telling the protestors that he won the election, telling them that we are going to walk down to the capitol and that he would be with them. He told them that when you catch someone in fraud you are allowed to go by a different set of rules and he told them repeatedly to fight.
The video included footage from a variety of sources both inside and outside of the Capitol building that included a beaten and bloodied Capitol Police officer begging for backup as he was being crushed inside a doorway. It showed rioters smashing windows and tearing down barriers to reach the Capitol building and it showed the makeshift gallows where protestors planned to hang former Vice President Mike Pence. In the video, you can hear the sound of a gunshot that was the shot that killed Ashli Babbitt who was a member of the mob that had breached the capitol
The video was unedited and you could hear the profanity and the calls to murder members of our government including former Vice President Mike Pence.
“If that’s not an impeachable offense, then there is no such thing,” Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD, 8th), said after playing the video. “There can be no doubt that this is a valid and legitimate impeachment. And there can be no doubt that the Senate has the power to try this impeachment.”
No other president has ever been impeached twice and no other president has ever been impeached for inciting an insurrection against the U.S. Government, Donald Trump incited that insurrection and he did it in a self-serving attempt to remain in power.
For more than 200 years, one of the defining traits of our government has been the peaceful transition of power to the winner of the presidential election. When John Adams peaceably stepped aside and handed power to his political enemy, Thomas Jefferson, the rest of the world was shocked. Nobody believed that it would happen, but it did and his action has been the norm ever since.
There is no act that is more un-American than a president calling for insurrection to remain in power and there is no doubt that is what Donald Trump tried to do, and while it is unlikely that Republicans will vote to convict him, their failure to do so will place the darkest stain on the heart of our nation that we have seen in our history. It will change who we are.
Sadly, the Senate’s failure to act will allow other men of low moral character to do the same, and someday, we will be back where we are today.