Democrats making the case for Donald Trump’s conviction in his Senate impeachment trial on a charge of inciting the deadly Capitol attack said on Thursday the former U.S. president knew exactly what he was doing when he summoned supporters to Washington on Jan. 6.
On the trial’s third day, House of Representatives lawmakers serving as prosecutors provided examples of Trump’s actions prior to the rampage to what House managers say illustrated his intentions when he told supporters to go to the Capitol and "fight like hell" as Congress convened to formally certify President Joe Biden’s Nov. 3 election victory over him.
Lead Democratic impeachment manager Jamie Raskin played numerous video clips he said showed Trump encouraging or rationalizing violence against journalists or his political opponents, and said that such language primed his supporters to storm the Capitol.
"An examination of his past statements makes it clear that when Donald Trump tells a crowd, as he did on January 6th, ‘Fight like hell or you won’t have a country anymore’, he meant for them to fight like hell," said Raskin.
Democratic congresswoman Diana DeGette told the Senate that when they were criminally charged, multiple rioters said they believed they were following Trump’s orders on Jan. 6.
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