34 days after the insurrection at the Capitol Building, the day that Donald Trump’s most rabid supporters breached the halls of Congress, erected a gallows pole to hang the vice president, and stopped a constitutional process of confirming an election in an attempted coup, his second impeachment trial in the Senate begins. Despite overwhelming evidence, Republicans are still waffling on how they’ll vote.
Today begins the trial of America vs Donald J. Trump. pic.twitter.com/1oUvJouV1t
— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) February 9, 2021
The Lincoln Project, a group of former Republican strategists, created a new ad explaining what’s at stake in this trial. It isn’t about Democrats versus Republicans, or Trump supporters versus Biden supporters, or conservatives versus liberals. This trial is about the preservation of democracy and the rule of law. It’s about ensuring that no other president can take steps to keep himself in power by inciting violence against elected lawmakers. It’s about protecting the American people and the American democratic experiment, which predates Donald Trump and all his “patriot,” domestic terrorist supporters.
Regardless of what the GOP is sure to argue during the trial, the insurrection would not have happened without Trump. Had he not fomented a massive lie about a stolen election, not invited supporters who had already shown dangerous tendencies to march on Capitol Hill, not tweeted “us versus them” conspiracy theories relentlessly for four years, there would have been no insurrection. Because there was, Trump must be held responsible if we intend to continue being a country founded on values and a constitutional republic.
Twitter is ready to see Trump held accountable. Read some of their comments below:
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