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Politics Conservatives rip Democrats' impeachment video for not including Trump's call for 'peaceful' demonstration at Capitol

16:25  11 february  2021
16:25  11 february  2021 Source:   washingtonexaminer.com

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The Democratic impeachment managers faced scrutiny from some conservatives for failing to include former President Donald Trump's insistence that his supporters travel to the Capitol "peacefully" during the opening arguments of his impeachment trial.

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The House Democrats' 13-minute montage about the Capitol riot, which aired on Tuesday, the first day of the impeachment trial, did not include a clip from the president's Jan. 6 rally in which he said, "I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol Building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard today."

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The video played during Democratic Maryland Rep. Jamie Raskin's opening remarks. It included clips from the president's speech, interlaced with violent scenes unfolding at and inside the Capitol Building.

Their failure to include the president's insistence that his supporters demonstrate "peacefully and patriotically" led to criticism from the Right. Republican New York Rep. Lee Zeldin, a supporter of the former president who said the second impeachment trial is unnecessary, criticized the omission.

"The part that they did play of the president’s remarks, of course, end up cutting out the message the president sent to his supporters that day, that those who are heading to the Capitol should do so peacefully and patriotically," Zeldin said in an interview on Newsmax. "Of course, as they’re playing the videos and they’re telling their argument, they aren’t going to give the full story. How do you cut it out right at the point where [President Trump] is telling his supporters to do so peacefully and patriotically?"

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That sentiment was also echoed by Donald Trump Jr., the former president's son, who said Democrats relied on "selectively" edited clips to promote their impeachment argument in an interview with Sean Hannity on Tuesday night.

Trump was impeached in the House of Representatives on Jan. 13 for "incitement of insurrection" after he encouraged his supporters who attended a rally in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6, to march to the Capitol to express their displeasure with Congress's intent to certify President Biden's electoral victory. The march ultimately turned into a deadly clash between Trump supporters and law enforcement officers. The president never explicitly called for violence but continued to claim that the election was "stolen" from him.

Trump's second impeachment trial began on Tuesday. Two-thirds of senators present would need to vote affirmatively to convict him. Trump was previously impeached on two Ukraine-related charges in December 2019 but acquitted in the then-GOP-majority Senate.

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