House impeachment managers, nine radicals hand-picked by Speaker Pelosi to bring the most partisan case possible to the Senate, are delivering the most ludicrous case conceivable: Former President Donald Trump is “singularly responsible” for the Capitol siege.
The impeachment managers issued the ridiculous proposition in an 80-page document filed Tuesday.
The Nation will indeed remember January 6, 2021—and President Trump’s singular responsibility for that tragedy. It is impossible to imagine the events of January 6 occurring without President Trump creating a powder keg, striking a match, and then seeking personal advantage from the ensuing havoc.
This is very simple: President Trump could not have “incited” the Capitol attack that was planned before his speech was given.
Donald Trump’s speech was standard political fare, and even told the audience at his speech to “peacefully and patriotically make their voices heard.” This was said twenty minutes before there were any tense altercations on the Capitol building grounds.
Trump also deliberately says “fight” in the commonplace political context:
For years, Democrats have gotten away with election fraud and weak Republicans. And that’s what they are. There’s so many weak Republicans. And we have great ones. Jim Jordan and some of these guys, they’re out there fighting. The House guys are fighting. But it’s, it’s incredible.
This eliminates most of the Democrats’ accusations that the speech constitutes “incitement.” Senator Rand Paul utterly demolished other claims in a fiery speech.
The Commander-in-Chief and head of powerful intelligence and law enforcement agencies did not select a motley rabble of disparate extremist elements to carry out a “coup” to disrupt the objections of the Electoral College. This is utter nonsense.
The Republicans’ objections were the greatest hope the president had of making his case there were unlawful election changes and rampant election fraud; thereby fending off the politically inevitable judgment that Biden had won the election.
There were even pipe bombs placed at the RNC and DNC, a classic diversion tactic giving away that the attack on the Capitol building was intentional. The Congress itself had been warned well in advance due to intelligence chatter; inexplicably, it only authorized a light security footprint. There are still serious questions about that decision.
The House Democrats know that the impeachment trial is highly unlikely to lead a conviction, thefore, their deliberately incendiary rhetoric has no end except increasing political division. As far as these radicals are concerned, that appears to be an end in itself.
The Democrats had themselves objected to elections in 2000, 2004 and 2016; by their own logic, if Trump and the Republicans are “seditious” for doing so, then Democrats are “seditious,” as well. There is simply no “there, there” with the Democrats’ Trump impeachment conviction case. That won’t stop the Democrats one bit from trying to will it into existence.
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