Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., the lead impeachment manager, spoke Feb. 11 as House impeachment managers continued to present evidence for why the Senate should convict former President Donald Trump of inciting an insurrection for his role in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Trump was impeached by the House in January, while he was still in office.
Raskin cited a number of examples that occurred before the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol that he said demonstrated Trump’s history of encouraging violence, from the 2017 white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, to the more recent threats directed toward Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.
“An examination of his past statements makes it clear that when Donald Trump tells a crowd, as he did on Jan. 6, ‘fight like hell or you won’t have a country anymore,’ he meant for them to fight like hell,” Raskin said, later adding that Trump “knew exactly what he was doing” in inciting the Jan. 6 mob. Raskin concluded with a warning that if Trump is allowed to hold federal office again, he will continue to incite violence, and lawmakers will have “no one to blame” but themselves.
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