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Parental warnings and thanks to Pence: Takeaways from T...

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Parental warnings and thanks to Pence: Takeaways from Trump’s impeachment trial

Former US president Donald Trump's legal team denies that the former president incited the insurrection at the national Capitol buildings on Wednesday, 6 January. (Photo by Tom Pennington / Getty Images)
By Reuters
10 Feb 2021 3

Feb 10 (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate's impeachment trial gathered steam on Wednesday, with Democratic lawmakers laying out their best evidence that former President Donald Trump incited an insurrection by exhorting thousands of supporters to march on the Capitol last month.

By Jan Wolfe

The 100 Senators, most of whom were in the Capitol during the deadly Jan. 6 assault, sat through videos recounting in graphic detail the violence as Trump‘s supporters sought to block the peaceful transfer of power, a hallmark of democracy.

These were some notable moments:

 

A PARENTAL WARNING

Lead impeachment manager Democratic Representative Jamie Raskin warned that his team would show videos on Wednesday of the Capitol assault that would include scenes of “shocking violence and bloodshed” against police officers.

“We do urge parents and teachers to exercise close review of what young people are watching here, and please watch along with them if you’re allowing them to watch,” Raskin said. “The impeachment mangers will try to give warnings before the most graphic and disturbing violence.”

A Democratic aide told reporters that the House managers “will be using footage never seen before that shows a view of the Capitol that is quite extraordinary and a view of the attack that has never been public before.”

 

‘SHOCKING’ VIDEOS AND SILENCE

On Tuesday, some Republican senators looked down or fixated on papers at their desks silently as the sound of the mob’s screams and shouts echoed through the chamber, avoiding watching the videos showing protesters assaulting police and the moment that a protester was shot dead by police.

But the Republican senators seemed to pay closer attention on Wednesday, with all 50 of them reading along while House impeachment manager Joe Neguse, a Democrat from Colorado, displayed a rioter’s quote about hoping to find House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat, and shoot her in the head.

“We were looking for Nancy to shoot her in the friggin’ brain but we didn’t find her,” the quote read.

Raskin also quoted a Black police officer who described being subjected to racist taunts, including the “N-word,” from a mob of Trump supporters.

Republican senators also turned and watch at some point during a video clip of Trump saying “Fight like hell” and “stop the steal” during his Jan. 6 rally near the White House.

 

CREDIT TO PENCE

Neguse made a point of praising former Vice President Mike Pence, who oversaw the formal certification of President Joe Biden’s victory despite pressure from Trump to halt the process.

“I was so grateful for the opportunity to thank the Vice President, Mike Pence, for his actions, for standing before us and asking us to follow our oath our faith and do our duty,” Neguse said during his presentation, adding that Trump “betrayed” Pence by calling him a “coward” in a Jan. 6 tweet.

During the deadly attack, some of Trump’s supporters had threatened to hang Pence for refusing to overturn Biden’s Electoral College win in Congress. (Reporting by Jan Wolfe; Editing by Scott Malone and Aurora Ellis)

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  • I realise that they can’t *not* do it, but it must be disheartening to be going through this whole sham trial knowing the outcome, like the last one, has been decided in the minds of the “jurors” long ago.

  • I have no understanding of Americans, not meaning to paint all in the same color. Funnily my of my favorite colours are Blue and Red. “Sunset” Blue, my favorite.

  • What is most remarkable in the media, are the number of ‘expert’ commentators who place great ‘store’ on Mc Connell’s claims about people having top vote by their ‘conscience’ on the second impeachment. And … this coming from the mouth of a person who has none … just check his history ! An out and out white supremacist, who declared when the first black person to become president … that he would ensure that Barack would just be a ‘one term’ president ! The fact that he failed in this endeavour, has not deterred him one bit, to promote his ideaology of white supremacy. The only difference between him and Trump, is his ability to conceal his contemp for people of colour ! How do these so-called ‘experts’ get it so wrong ? He is NOT going to vote for impeachment … and he has already got a ready-made excuse in the ‘constitutional’ argument to cover up his racism! At least the neo white supremacists like Crus and Rubio, and Hawley , Graham et al are not going to have to do that. Time for ‘expert’ commentators to ‘wake up’ … and see things for what they are and call things as they are !

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