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When Geraldo Claims Trump ‘Incited’ an Insurrection, Leo Terrell Puts Him on Full Blast

    Civil Rights Attorney Leo Terrell clashed with Fox News Correspondent-at-Large Geraldo Rivera over whether or not Donald Trump ‘incited’ an insurrection.

    It all started when Rivera argued that National Guard troops should remain in the nation’s capitol for the next month, but Terrell countered these troops were nothing but “props,” since Trump supporters have proven not to be a threat since the Capitol riot. Geraldo doubled down and argued that the Senate should “censure” Trump, since it is unlikely that there is the support for an impeachment conviction

    “With this vote yesterday, it’s clear that 45 Republicans are not going to go along with impeachment,” Geraldo argued. “What the Senate has to do is a joint bipartisan resolution to censure Donald Trump. Let’s censure him. Let’s say what you did was unacceptable. You incited that.”

    Leo Terrell exploded. Watch:

    “Come on!” he shouted. “How dare you blame Donald Trump for that. We have a rule of law. We have due process.”

    “Because I have eyes,” Rivera retorted.

    “For you to come on here and say that he was responsible is wrong!” Terrell railed. “You should not say that and you should apologize to President Trump for that statement. You have no facts to justify that!”

    “President Trump needs to apologize to us,” Rivera pleaded.

    “No! You’re wrong!” Terrell fired back. “I think you should review the First Amendment again because I’ll ask you right now on TV, tell me the words, the magic words that he used to incite those criminals. Tell me the magic words right now, Geraldo.”

    “I’ll give you three weeks of incitement,” Rivera argued. “What in the hell do you think that crowd was going to do when they got to the Capitol? What were they going to do?”

    Geraldo Rivera is once again falling into the trap of post hoc ergo propter hoc, which is Latin speak for ‘after this, therefore because of this.’

    Trump’s speech drew on such ubiquitous language as telling people to “fight” for the country, which is the same language he had used for years without any violent incident. He had also explicitly told supporters to “peacefully” make their voices heard.

    This is actually one step beyond the kind of language Democrats wielded for months during the violent riots in big American cities amid racially charged, frivolous accusations of white supremacy on the part of their political adversaries.

    No one complained about the Democrats’ “incitement” then, so it is difficult to take such charges against the president seriously now.

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