Donald Trump should be convicted for showing a lack of remorse over the deadly January 6 riots, his impeachment trial was told (Pictures: Getty)
Donald Trump should be convicted at his impeachment trial after showing zero remorse over the January 6 riots, Democrats say. Impeachment manager Ted Lieu, a Representative from California, issued a blistering attack on Trump’s lack of contrition during and following the deadly violence at the US Capitol.
Lieu told the US Senate on Thursday: ‘ President Trump’s lack of remorse and refusal to take accountability during the attack shows his state of mind. It shows he intended the events to happen, and then when they did, he delighted in it.’
Lieu said Trump posed a ‘unique and continuing danger,’ adding: ‘It sends the message that it is acceptable to incite a violent insurrection to overthrow the will of the people, and that the President of the United States can do that and get away with it.
‘That is why we have to hold president Trump accountable – to send a message that it is never acceptable to incite an attack on our nation’s capitol.’
Lieu continued: ‘President Trump did not once condemn the attack, not even once. Even when he finally asked the violent extremists to go home, he sent this home, he ends it with “You’re very special, we love you.” That was his message to people who perpetrated this violent, gruesome attack.
Then three hours later he tweeted ‘remember this day forever.’ This is not a man who shows remorse
‘Took him another full day to condemn the attack itself…very next day ‘eerily silent.’
Lieu then pushed the Democrats’ case that if Trump is not convicted of incitement of the January 6 riots, he could be re-elected in 2024 and cause further chaos.
Lieu said: ‘If he gets back into office and it happens again, we will have no-one to blame but ourselves.’ Some people argue that President Trump made a mistake. But he didn’t make a mistake.
If you and i make a mistake and something very bad happens, we would show remorse, we would accept responsibility. President Trump didn’t do any of that, why not, because he intended what happened on January 6. A
‘And how do we know that? he told us. On January 12, as Donald Trump was boarding Air Force One he was asked personal responsibility
‘President Trump was not showing remorse, he was showing defiance. He was telling us that he can do this again.’
Democrat impeachment managers, acting as prosecutors, are expected to wrap up their case against Trump today, before Trump’s lawyers take the podium to defend him.
Trump is accused of encouraging supporters at a Stop the Steal rally to protest Joe Biden’s election win while it was being certified at the US Capitol.
Thousands then descended on the building and stormed it. Politicians including former Vice President Mike Pence were rushed to safety, with four protesters and a cop dying in the ensuing chaos.
Yesterday, the Senate was shown harrowing new video footage from Senate surveillance camera, showing just how close protesters got to politicians.
Despite the powerful footage, Trump is still expected to be cleared of wrongdoing.
So far, just six Republican senators have indicated that they may side with the 48 Democrat and two independent senators to convict Trump.
A majority of 67 or more is needed to find Trump guilty, with analysts believing it is unlikely 17 Republicans will vote to convict.
Many are said to fear a backlash from Trump supporters in their home states in the 2022 mid-term elections.
If Trump is convicted, he will be banned from running for office again, and lose travel as well as security perks afforded to former presidents.
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