At the start of the impeachment trial on Tuesday, Democrats played a heavily edited video of former President Donald Trump’s speech on January 6, 2020. The video was edited to specifically leave out his call to “peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard.”
In the video Trump says, “We’re going to walk down and I’ll be there with you. We’re going to walk down…to the Capitol.”
The video then cuts to protesters shouting, “Let’s take the Capitol!” and “We are going to the Capitol!” It then cuts to protesters trying to force their way past barriers, and then to an earlier part of Trump’s speech where he said “we fight like hell” where he was referring to the election results.
The video goes on: “President Trump ends his speech and urges his mob to move toward the Capitol.”
It then shows Trump saying:
So we’re going to walk down Pennsylvania Avenue, I love Pennsylvania Avenue, and we are going to the Capitol, and we are going to try and give…our Republicans, the weak ones because the strong ones don’t need any of our help, we’re try–going to try and give them the kind of pride and boldness that they need to take back our country. So let’s walk down Pennsylvania Avenue.
It then cuts to protesters violently pushing the police, protesters then breaching the Capitol, and shouting “Fight for Trump!”
The video was edited to make it seem as if Trump had urged protesters to attack the capitol.
Trump however, never encouraged violence but he did call on his supporters to “peacefully” make their voices heard.
Now it is up to Congress to confront this egregious assault on our democracy. And after this, we’re going to walk down and I’ll be there with you. We’re going to walk down — we’re going to walk down. Anyone you want, but I think right here, we’re going to walk down to the Capitol — and we’re going to cheer on our brave senators and congressmen and women and we’re probably not going to be cheering so much for some of them. Because you’ll never take back our country with weakness. You have to show strength and you have to be strong. We have come to demand that Congress do the right thing and only count the electors who have been lawfully slated. Lawfully slated.
I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard. Today, we will see whether Republicans stand strong for integrity of our elections. But whether or not they stand strong for our country, our country. Our country has been under siege for a long time. Far longer than this four year period.
So we are going to — we are going to walk down Pennsylvania Avenue, I love Pennsylvania Avenue, and we are going to the Capitol, and we are going to try and give — the Democrats are hopeless, they are never voting for anything, not even one vote but we are going to try –give our Republicans, the weak ones because the strong ones don’t need any of our help, we’re try — going to try and give them the kind of pride and boldness that they need to take back our country. So let’s walk down Pennsylvania Avenue.
I want to thank you all. God bless you and God bless America. Thank you all for being here. This is incredible.