Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, spoke Feb. 10 as House impeachment managers made their case for why the Senate should convict former President Donald Trump on a charge of inciting insurrection for the attack on the U.S. Capitol. Trump was impeached by the House in January, while he was still in office.
Castro argued Wednesday that the mob responsible for the attack was directly provoked “over many months” by the former president, and that it was both “foreseeable and preventable.” Castro played clips of statements Trump made in response to questions from the press in which he refused to acknowledge that he would participate in a peaceful transfer of power based on the outcome of the election.
Castro cited false statements made by Trump prior to and after the election in which he discredited the democratic process and “refused to accept” the reality of his loss. Castro also cited tweets from the former president demanding that vote counts be stopped in various states and cities, which he argued prompted Trump’s supporters to protest in an attempt to intimidate officials responsible for those counts.
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