On Friday, it was former President Donald Trump’s turn to refute allegations and insinuations made over two days by House impeachment managers that he was responsible for “inciting an insurrection” at the Capitol Building last month, but his legal team hardly had their work cut out for them.
That’s because the impeachment managers essentially made their case for the president.
In an interview with Fox Business Network’s Neil Cavuto Thursday evening, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said that the impeachment managers admitted that the ex-president’s words did not cause rioters to storm the building, though that was supposedly the crux of the Democrat-led impeachment in the first place.
“They admitted that President Trump was not impeached for his words. This is sort of extraordinary, because I’m not sure how you incite someone to insurrection or to this violence [that] they say he’s alone responsible for if it’s not through his words,” Paul said.
“They finish up by saying, ‘Well, it’s not through his words. It’s because he advocated that the election was stolen.’ Well, so has Nancy Pelosi … So has Hillary Clinton in 2016. So has [Rep.] Jamie Raskin [D-Md.], the lead House impeachment manager went to the [House] floor in 2017 and said, ‘Trump stole the election and I am objecting to seating the certified electors from Florida,'” Paul continued.
“So both sides have done this, and the fact that they’re admitting that they’re not impeaching him for his words, because, frankly, they said that his words weren’t much different than the words of Democrats,” he added.
“So really, I think they’ve given up their case, but they showed endless hours of the terrible violence and mayhem and those people should be punished and on both sides of the aisle, we agree to that. But they never made their case that the president incited them through any kind of unusual language that Democrats, frankly, haven’t done much worse,” the Kentucky Republican noted further.
What, exactly, did Trump say, again, that led to his ‘incitement?’ Oh, that’s right — “fight like hell.”
Gee, how many times have Democrats used the same terminology? According to the Republican National Committee, a lot.
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) February 12, 2021
Meanwhile, as Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) told Fox Business Network’s Stuart Varney on Wednesday, while Democrats kept highlighting Trump’s “fight like hell,” they pointedly refused to show the portion of his Jan. 6 speech that fully exonerates him.
“The one line from the president’s speech that wasn’t in the Democrats’ video is the line that’s most important, and that’s where the president said, ‘Peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard,’” Jordan said.
“They left that out, which I think kind of shows where the Democrats want to go with this and what they’ve been up to,” Jordan added.
Of course, that was intentional, because the Democrats (and the handful of RINOs who voted to impeach as well — led by Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, lest we forget) have never had any evidence that Trump ‘incited’ anyone to do anything.
The FBI says the Capitol attack was preplanned. It actually began before Trump stopped speaking. And There are indications that intelligence agencies knew weeks in advance what was being planned. And yet, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) didn’t beef up security in advance.
What did she and Chuck Schumer and Mitch McConnell know about all of this, and when did they know it?
We’re just asking questions here. No harm in that, right?