The Senate acquitted Trump following his impeachment trial, but some Republicans admit that he was responsible.
This article is a rebuttal to a previously written post on Australians.News, which you can find here.
The Senate impeachment trial of Donald Trump ended this week with 57 votes for conviction, including seven Republican votes, versus 43 votes for acquittal, which was less than the two-thirds of votes needed to convict.
On Wednesday, February 10, during the impeachment trial, Congresswoman Madeleine Dean (D-Pennsylvania) said during an emotional statement, “If it wasn’t for Trump, this would have never happened.”
From an obvious and objective point of view, that statement cannot be denied – the rally was composed of thousands of Trump supporters. Without Trump, there would be no march.
But did he, Donald J. Trump, incite the storming of the Capitol Hill on January 6? I think yes, and this is why.
The march was called “Stop the steal.” However, it is heavily disputed that the election was stolen, with many outlets debunking the claim altogether. Most claims of voter fraud were made baselessly, with no evidence to back it up. Trump’s legal team had 86 lawsuits challenging the election results rejected for lack of standing. My point here is that the elections were not stolen, so there was no good reason for people to try to ‘stop the steal.’
The premise that the elections were fraudulent belongs to Trump – he might not have been the absolute first one who said it, but he most definitely owned it and sold it. As history has taught us, if you spout anything loud and often enough, people will eventually buy it.
Furthermore, if people truly believe that their elections were actually taken away from them by a corrupt government, chances are that hell will break loose. We have seen this happen in other countries where the elections were actually stolen.
Trump might not have pointed at Capitol Hill and told his supporters to do what they did, but he pushed the lie that the election was stolen, that his supporters’ voices were shut down from the day he lost, and he continued to inflame them with what many believe were accusatory falsehoods, as pointed out by Congresswoman Dean at the trial.
In response to Trump’s defence’s argument that one speech cannot cause an insurrection, Dean argued, “We are not suggesting that Donald Trump’s January 6th speech by itself has incited the attack. We have showed that his course of conduct, leading up to and including that speech, incited the attack.”
For incitement to take place, one does not need to explicitly shout ‘attack!’ Donald Trump painted a picture to his supporters. He sold them outrageous lies – lies that, if true, ought to outrage people. His words on the day mean very little given the context that he has himself created. He may have said “march peacefully,” but his supporters chanted “Fight for Trump.”
Senate Minority Republican leader, Mitch McConnell, voted to acquit Trump, but admitted, “There is no question, none, that President Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of that day.” He defended his vote by saying, “We have no power to convict and disqualify a former office holder who is now a private citizen,” a statement that most constitutional experts disagree with.
If it were not for Trump, the riot would not have happened. If it were not for his continuous rhetoric about a stolen election, the riot would not have happened. Had he accepted election results, his supporters would have had no reason to protest and there would be no steal to be stopped.
In my opinion, he cried wolf and the town came with pitchforks.