Clear Evidence of Incitement to Insurrection

The Second Impeachment of the 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, began with a devastating video montage showing the timeline of events on January 6, as a mob of insurrectionists radicalized and directed by Trump attacked the U.S. Capitol.

Reports from the chamber say some members of the United States Senate looked away at times during the violent video, which included a violent gang of attackers calling for the execution of then Vice President Mike Pence and the gunshot that killed one of the attackers, as she attempted to breach the last barrier protecting lawmakers in the process of evacuation.

The video exhibit clearly shows Trump telling people who later participated in the attack that the country would be lost if they did not go to the Capitol and “fight like Hell”.

Earlier today, in a written reply to a brief by Trump’s legal team, the House Impeachment Managers wrote: “The First Amendment protects our democratic system — but it does not protect a President who incites his supporters to imperil that system through violence.” The House Managers also said it is “inconceivable that the Framers designed impeachment to be virtually useless in a President’s final weeks or days, when opportunities to interfere with the peaceful transfer of power are most present.”

Follow the proceedings live on C-SPAN.

Letter to the GOP on Impeaching Trump for Insurrection

To all Republicans in the United States Senate and House of Representatives:

Donald Trump will be impeached for inciting insurrection, because he incited insurrection. The 14th Amendment prohibits you from using your office to provide him aid or comfort.

Since many in the Republican Party seem to think it would be politically risky to break from Trump—even after he sent armed paramilitaries to attempt a coup and again today threatened to attack our country—all who would stand by him need to rethink their notions of future electability.

  • You cannot campaign as being for “law and order” if you don’t stand firm against Trump’s incitement of armed insurrection against the Constitution.
  • You cannot call yourself a patriot if you don’t stand firm against the seditious conspiracy and ALL of its adherents.
  • You will not be able to claim the mantle of Lincoln if, when your nation was attacked by Nazis and traitors, you stood by and asked that the rest of the country try to understand them.
  • To use the language of Title 18, Section 2383, of the US Code, Trump incited and “set on foot” a gang of paramilitary attackers to storm the Capitol.
  • The attackers killed a police officer who died bravely defending you. Trump took the life of Officer Sicknick and sent terrorists to kill the Vice President.
  • No one will ever take you seriously as pro-life, or even minimally loyal to anything, if you use your vote to give aid to Trump.

While the Capitol endured its first armed attack since the War of 1812, and a terrorist coup plot is still underway (in all 50 states, according to the FBI), the nation is also weathering an unprecedented cyber attack from foreign adversaries. And, it must be recognized, the bot army used by Trump to radicalize millions is a form of cyber war.

It may feel daunting, if you were a pro-Trump Republican in 2020, to challenge the menacing force of that bot army; you may even be facing threats from pro-Trump extremists, but when that bot army is no longer able to aid Trump in his attack on the republic, all anyone will see is complicity.

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