(WASHINGTON, D.C.) — Former President Donald Trump’s historic second impeachment trial is underway in the U.S. Senate, withHouse impeachment manages arguing Trump incited the January 6 riot that resulted in five deaths.
House impeachment managers attempted to bring their political colleagues back to the January 6 incident, working against further dismissals from some Republicans who claim ANTIFA was behind the seige or that the entire incident was a hoax.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has since called upon those Republicans to have “an open mind.”
The second day of the ongoing trial included House impeachment managers laying out a complete timeline leading up to and during the January 6 — from the former president claiming he will win the November 3 election with a “landslide” and that the only way he’d lose is by fraud.
President Trump intensified those claims and, as votes were being counted, claimed he won the election. Democrats argued the former president never gave up on his claims and, instead, intensified his language that “planted the seeds” in the lead up to the insurrection.
One house manager, Representative Joe Negus, then said the Trump’s January 6 “Stop the Steal” rally served as a final “call to arms.”
” He made sure they had advance notice — 18 days advance notice. He sent his save the date for Jan. 6. He told them to march to the Capitol and fight like hell,” he argued.
During the insurrection, Democrats claimed that the president further fanned the flames by not condemning the violence outright and, instead continued to tweet attacks against his colleagues, including former Vice President Mike Pence.
House impeachment managers then showed a timestamp of security footage of when Pence was evacuated from the Senate chamber at 2:26:02 p.m. — two minutes after Trump tweeted that Pence “didn’t have the courage” to stop the certification. That tweet was sent at 2:24 p.m.
The trial also included never-before-seen footage of the seige, including several near-misses representatives had with rioters, including Senators Mitt Romney and Schumer. Footage of Schumer shows the Senate Leader missing insurrectionists by a few yards.
Del. Stacey Plaskett, of the Virgin Islands, argued that rioters would have killed Pence and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi “if given the chance.”
The arguments did have an effect on some Republicans, such as Senator Lisa Murkowski, who called the evidence “damning” and that she was left “disturbed.”
Arguments will continue Thursday.