Because the Home impeachment managers continued their presentation this night, they positioned the blame for the mob’s pursuit of Vice President Mike Pence squarely on the shoulders of former President Trump.
“You may recall Donald Trump had made Vice President Pence a goal. He attacked the Vice President on the rallies, in speeches and on Twitter,” mentioned impeachment supervisor Rep. Joaquin Castro, including “and through President Trump’s speech that morning of the assault, he ramped it up once more.”
Noting that Trump directed his supporters’ ire at his vice chairman on almost a dozen events, Castro then quoted the previous President, studying a snippet from Trump’s Jan. 6 morning rally.
“Mike Pence, I hope you are going to face up for the great of our Structure and for the good of your nation. And should you’re not, I will be disenchanted in you,” learn Castro, sharing Trump’s phrases verbatim.
Castro went on to clarify the affect these phrases had on the mob.
“By 2:15 p.m., the group was chanting in unison, ‘Hold Mike Pence,’ exterior the very constructing he’d been evacuated from together with his household,” mentioned Castro.
And because the insurrectionists continued to threaten Pence, Trump did not mood the state of affairs. Moderately, mentioned Castro, he enflamed it.
“He fueled the fireplace,” mentioned Castro, additional laying out the afternoon timeline. “At 2:24 p.m. [Trump] tweeted ‘Mike Pence did not have the braveness to do what ought to have been carried out to guard our nation and our structure.'”
Subsequent, the Home impeachment supervisor linked Trump’s social media posts to the unruly mob’s actions.
“The insurgents amplified President Trump’s tweet, attacking the vice chairman with a bullhorn,” Castro mentioned. “A few of these insurgents have been heard saying ‘that they hoped to seek out Vice President Mike Pence and execute him, by hanging him from a Capitol Hill tree as a traitor.'”
Lastly, Castro introduced a photograph, one depicting the US Capitol within the background, with devices of execution framing the federal government constructing.
“They erected a gallows with a noose. That is what Donald Trump incited,” he mentioned, pushing these at this night’s proceedings to really digest the imagery. “Please, take an in depth have a look at that image. It harkens again to our nation’s worst historical past of lynching. A President’s phrases have the energy to maneuver individuals to motion. These have been the outcomes.”