Impeachment Hypocrisy

On Friday, former President Donald Trump’s legal team went on the offensive, using a strategy many conservatives have recommended.

They argued that Trump did not use any inciting language on January 6th, before the breach of the Capitol, but that numerous members of Congress have done so repeatedly over the past two years. Then they played lots and lots of videos.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said the 2016 election was “hijacked.” She has also called the president both an “imposter” and a “traitor.” And she recently referred to her Republican colleagues in the House as “the enemy within.

Speaker Pelosi never called the violent left-wing anarchists who conducted a sustained assault on a federal courthouse in Portland, Oregon, “insurrectionists.” Instead, she called the federal law enforcement officers protecting the building “storm troopers.”

When violent mobs destroyed public property, she shrugged it off saying, ”People will do what they do.

In one instance in 2018, referring to anger over migrant children being separated from their parents, she told reporters, “I just don’t even know why there aren’t uprisings all over the country, and maybe there will be when people realize that this is a policy that they defend.”

She also said on multiple occasions, “You have to be ready to throw a punch.”

Other Democrat leaders have followed her example.

  • Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), during a 2020 appearance on MSNBC, said, “There needs to be unrest in the streets for as long as there’s unrest in our lives.”
  • Vice President Kamala Harris encouraged people to donate to the Minnesota Freedom Fund, which bailed out defendants charged with murder, violent felonies, and sex crimes.
  • President Joe Biden and a number of senators spoke to crowds on multiple occasions about beating Trump up.
  • Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) objected repeatedly to 2017 electoral results, something that supposedly is a threat to democracy if Republicans do it.

The point clearly went over Sen. Richard Blumenthal’s (D-CT) head. Afterwards, he told reporters, “They’re trying to draw a dangerous and distorted equivalence. I think it is plainly a distraction from Donald Trump inviting the mob to Washington.”

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said that the prosecution’s case presented “virtually no argument” on how Trump’s conduct meets the legal standard of incitement. “The House managers focused a great deal on the president, using words like ‘fight or fight like hell.’ Well if that constitutes incitement, then every single political candidate in America is guilty of incitement. Because I guarantee you all 100 senators in that chamber have stood on the stump and said we need to fight or fight like hell.”

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  1. red

    Now let’s impeach Hillary, Obama, and coke Nose Billy Clinton! If we can, FDR for sending all those Jewish kids to Hitler to murder.

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