On Thursday, at least twelve GOP Senators walked out of the impeachment trial after House impeachment manager Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) argued that the Trump rallies over the years were incitement to violence.
National Review reporter John McCormack reported several Republican Senators left during part of Raskin’s speech. And inadvertently missed the arguments by Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA), who argued that Trump was dangerous to the country’s future.
Raskin argued that Trump’s speech on January 6 incited the Capitol violence because he had already spent years encouraging his supporters to commit acts of violence, or glorifying past acts of violence.
Raskin claimed Trump had incited violence against appointed officials in the past. He tried connecting Trump to the kidnapping plot of Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Which was uncovered and handled by the Trump administration. One of the alleged attempted kidnappers was a Black Lives Matter supporter, and another attempted kidnapper had an anarchist flag and showed hatred for police.
Raskin also claimed that Trump had praised and glorified neo-Nazis who held riots in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017. Another lie known as the “very fine people” scam.
In reality, Trump said the neo-Nazis should be “condemned totally.”
Byron York of the Washington Examiner reported that Raskin’s strategy had “turned off Republicans”:
According to a report, Sens. Cruz (TX), Graham (SC), and Rubio (FL) met with Trump’s defense lawyers on Thursday.