Rep. Madeleine Dean, D-Pa., 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 for the attack on the U.S. Capitol. Trump was impeached by the House in January, while he was still in office.
Dean discussed the Trump campaign’s legal efforts to fight the results of the Nov. 3 election after it was called for Joe Biden, which focused on a number of states including Pennsylvania and Georgia. In some cases these efforts resulted in threats directed toward election officials and their families, including Georgia’s Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, who was pressured by Trump to “find” the exact number of votes that had gone to Biden.
“Senators, we must not become numb to this,” Dean said. “Trump did this across state after state, so often, so loudly, so publicly. Public officials like you and me received death threats and calls threatening criminal penalties all because Trump wanted to remain in power.”
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