As the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump, Republicans tried to stop the trial by claiming the trial is unconstitutional since Trump has already left office. Six GOP senators voted with Democrats to continue the trial and affirmed the constitutionality of the procedure.
One of the Republicans, Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) changed his vote on the issue and cited the Democrats’ particularly effective opening arguments for his change of heart. What did they do? They played this video and let Trump and his supporters speak for themselves.
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The graphic video merges footage of Trump exhorting the crowd to storm the Capitol in an attempt to overturn his election loss to President Joe Biden with clips of insurrectionists beating police officers, screaming that the election was stolen, and smashing their way into the building.
Out Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) is one of the House impeachment managers prosecuting the case against Trump. He has been getting numerous death threats from Trump supporters.
“You poked the fucking bear this time, you little bitch,” said one of the messages played on CNN. “You poked the bear. You understand what I’m saying?”
“There can be no healing of the divisions in our country without justice for the man most responsible for this horrific insurrection,” Cicilline wrote in a New York Times oped. “The president must be held accountable. That can happen only by impeaching him for a second time and convicting him in the Senate. A conviction that would allow Congress to prohibit him from ever serving in federal office again.”