The second day of the historic second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump drew to a close yesterday evening.
The day was spent by House Impeachment managers continuing to make their case against the former President, which involved the showing of new footage as an attempt to tie the words of the former President as a direct incitement of the violence that took place on Jan. 6th at Capitol Hill.
So, what did Day Two entail?
The second day of the impeachment trial started with a shock, with the Democrats actually acknowledging that Trump asked his supporters to be peaceful before violence broke out at Capitol Hill.
Democrat Rep. Madeline Dean was the first to take note that Trump had directly used the word ‘peacefully’ in his speech, after the opening video played by House Impeachment managers on Day One conveniently left that part out.
This came after the former White House chief of staff, Mark Meadows, had criticized the Democrats for leaving out the section of Trump’s ‘Save America’ speech where he asks his supporters to ‘march peacefully and patriotically to make your voices heard’.
The Democrats then moved on playing audio from the riots, as it was widely reported that numerous rioters could be heard chanting ‘hang Mike Pence’.
Democrat Rep. Joaquin Castro for Texas played the audio to the Senate, with multiple Democrats noting how quickly Trump turned on Pence after he said he would uphold the constitution and certify the results.
Multiple Democrats were also very quick to defend the former Vice President, citing that he ‘showed us what it means to be an American’, as he ‘stood strong’ against Trump to certify the 2020 election.
Delegate Stacey Plaskett then took center stage in the trail, with numerous attacks against the former President and the rioters that marched on Capitol Hill.
‘We’re here to count the f***ing votes’
Plaskett claimed that the ‘Save America’ rally did not have a permit to take place until the President stepped in, despite the fact there does not seem to be any evidence suggesting that Trump requested a permit for a march.
The rally permit, which was acquired by Fox News, states that although an actual march was not allowed, some protesters would be allowed to gather outside the Capitol.
Plaskett then went onto claim that Trump’s ‘stand back and stand by’ comment at the Presidential Debates ‘directly incited’ far-right extremists to commit violence, whilst House Impeachment managers brought forward more footage from Jan. 6th.
The footage shows lawmakers attempting to escape the Capitol and make it to safety, as rioters can be heard saying ‘we’re here to count the f*ing votes’.
The footage also depicts the former Vice President Mike Pence being hurried out of the building by Capitol Police, whilst another section shows Republican Senator Mitt Romney being guided away by police before almost running into a group of rioters.
Plaskett finished by appealing to her Republican colleagues, showing a clip of a far-right extremist calling for the ‘destruction of the GOP’.
The trial is set to continue into Day Three on Thursday and will last over the weekend and into next week.