Del. Stacey Plaskett, D-Virgin Islands, spoke Feb. 10 as House Democrats made their case for why the Senate should convict former President Donald Trump on a charge of inciting insurrection during the attack on the U.S. Capitol. Trump was impeached by the House in January, while he was still in office.
Plaskett argued that Trump “deliberately incited” the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by spending months cultivating groups of supporters who were willing to engage in violence on his behalf.
When Trump’s repeated claims that the election was stolen led to violence, he “encouraged the violence so that it would continue,” Plaskett said. “You’ll see this over time, these very groups and individuals whose violence the president praised helped lead the attack on Jan. 6.”
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