Democrats say Trump was ‘inciter-in-chief’ of deadly insurgency

Democrats blame the deadly January 6 siege at the U.S. Capitol entirely on Donald Trump on Wednesday, in which he described him as an “inhibiting boss” and accused him of the “worst violation of the president’s oath” in U.S. history.

Like that trial against charge of the former U.S. president started in earnest, Jamie Raskin, the Democratic congressman who was the prosecution, reset Trump’s inability to stop the uprising that left five people dead.

Raskin said the evidence showed that Trump “completely abdicated his duty as commander-in-chief to stop the violence and protect the government and protect our officers and protect our people.”

To support his argument, Raskin pointed to social media and video clips posted by Trump during and after the violence, including a tweet that seemed to justify the uprising: “These are the things and events that happen when a sacred landslide election victory is so unusually and viciously removed from great patriots.”

Raskin also played a video broadcast by Trump while marauders were still looting the Capitol, telling the rebels: “We love you. You are very special. Go home.”

The Maryland congressman said the evidence would show that Trump “clearly encouraged” the uprising that interrupted certification of Joe Biden’s presidential election victory.

Shortly before Capitol attacked on January 6, the president told the crowds at the National Mall, “If you do not fight like hell, you will not have a country anymore.”

Prosecutors – Democratic lawmakers who act as de facto prosecutors – have two full days to make initial arguments in Trump’s Senate prosecution. Trump’s legal team gets equal time for their defense.

Raskin and his team claimed Wednesday that the former president laid the groundwork for the riots below choice campaign when he repeatedly claimed that the only way he could lose was if his opponents were involved in massive voter fraud.

“He really got his base to believe that the only way he could lose was if the election was rigged,” said Joaquin Castro, a Texas congressman who is one of the prosecution officials. “We all know, and we all understand how dangerous it is for our country.”

Leaders also detailed how Trump sought to overthrow the results of the November presidential race by “pushing and threatening election officials” and launching dozens of failed court challenges.

Madeleine Dean, the Pennsylvania congresswoman, focused on Trump’s efforts to reverse the outcome in Georgia, including a now infamous phone call between the then president and Brad Raffensperger, Georgia’s Republican secretary of state.

Trump asked Raffensperger to “find” the tens of thousands of votes needed for him to win there, calling him a separate “enemy of the people.”

“Let it sink in,” Dean said. “A Republican official who did his job whose family had just received death threats and the President of the United States branded him an enemy of the people.”

U.S. media reported Wednesday that Fani Willis, the newly elected Democratic prosecutor in Fulton County, Georgia, had launched a criminal investigation into Trump’s efforts to overthrow the election result there.

A person close to Raffensperger confirmed that the foreign minister had received a letter from the prosecutor about the case. The prosecution did not respond to a request for comment.

Democrats hope they can persuade Republicans that Trump should be convicted of inciting a revolt and prevented from holding future office.

But it remains highly unlikely that the former president will be convicted. Under the U.S. Constitution, two-thirds of the Senate – which is split 50-50 between Democrats and Republicans – must find Trump guilty of being convicted.

Trump is the first president in American history to be indicted twice and the only former president to stand trial. He was indicted or accused by the House of Representatives in a two-party vote last month, just a week before Biden was sworn in. Ten Republican House members joined all House Democrats in this vote.

Trump’s trial began Tuesday with a four-hour debate over whether it was constitutional to try a former president. But 44 out of 50 Republicans tried to throw the lawsuit out during the vote, signaling their loyalty to the former president.

Prosecutors on Tuesday played a 13-minute video containing graphic scenes of violence at the Capitol. It was expected on Wednesday that they would present several footage, including previously unseen images from inside the legislative complex.

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