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NEW YORK — Former President Donald J. Trump faces his second impeachment trial around February 8. The charge? “Incitement of insurrection,” specifically the January 6 U.S. Capitol riot. Trump’s remarks at the pre-revolt Save America Rally confirm his guilt — as these quotes from my relevant file show:
–Describing his rage over November’s election irregularities, Trump pointed behind him and said, “I have thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House.”
–He then mocked tranquil demonstrations: “Please, show me where it says that protests are supposed to be polite and peaceful.”
–“You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for,” Trump insisted.
–He continued: “There needs to be unrest in the streets for as long as there is unrest in our lives.”
–Trump then instructed his followers to confront federal lawmakers. “Go to the Hill today,” he demanded. “Get up in the face of some congresspeople.”
–“You get out and you create a crowd and you push back on them,” Trump directed his backers. “And you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.”
–He approved his voters’ doing physical damage: “Destroying property, which can be replaced, is not violence.”
–As Trump whipped his audience into a mouth-foaming frenzy, he commanded them to inflict on Congress the same ruin that British troops wrought in the War of 1812. Seeing the Capitol in flames, Trump imagined, would be “a once in a lifetime opportunity.” He observed, “That’s how forests grow.”
–Finally, Trump told his devotees what he envisioned for Senate Democrat leader Chuck Schumer of New York. “If we were in high school,” Trump said, “I’d take him behind the gym and beat the hell out of him.”
And with that, Trump’s fan’s dutifully stormed Capitol Hill, smashed windows, breached the Senate chamber, sent gas-mask-wearing senators and congressmen scrambling into bunkers, and wreaked havoc that ultimately killed five people.
Excuse the mix-up. The quotes above are from my collection of violence-inducing, riot-inspiring, and chaos-excusing comments by Left-wing artists, journalists, and elected Democrats. Let me be clear: President Trump uttered none of the aforementioned statements on January 6 or any other time. In fact, the following individuals made these incendiary pronouncements, in order of citation.
–Madonna – January 21, 2017 (One day after Trump’s inauguration)
–CNN’s Chris Cuomo – June 2, 2020 (re: George Floyd riots)
–Hillary Clinton – October 9, 2018 (re: Republicans)
–Representative Ayanna Pressley (D – Massachusetts) – August 15, 2020
–Senator Cory Booker (D – New Jersey) – July 26, 2018
–Representative Maxine Waters (D – California) – June 23, 2018 (re: Trump Cabinet member
–“Paper of Record” reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones – June 2, 2020 (re: Floyd)
–Attorney General Maura Healey (D – Massachusetts) — June 2, 2020 (re: Floyd)
–President Joe Biden – March 20, 2018 (re: Trump)
So, opening the correct file, here is what President Trump actually told the Save America Rally:
–“I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard.”
–“We’re going to the Capitol, and we’re going to try and give [wobbly Republicans] the kind of pride and boldness that they need to take back our country.”
–“So let’s walk down Pennsylvania Avenue. I want to thank you all. God bless you and God bless America.”
Trump knew that day’s Electoral College challenges were the last chance to document these accusations. Alas, zealots disrupted this process when they burst police barricades about 1:00 p.m., some 13 minutes before Trump finished talking. The Trump-loathing Washington Post now reports that this lethal assault was planned one to five days earlier.
Democrats have zero evidence against Trump. They should forfeit their prosecution and, instead, apologize for their asylum-grade psychological projection: They, not Trump, repeatedly excused and encouraged violence, not least during the blistering George Floyd madness, which killed 25 people, wounded some 700 law-enforcement officials, and converted $1 billion in public and private property into rubble and ash.
Deroy Murdock is a Manhattan-based Fox News Contributor, a contributing editor with National Review Online, and a senior fellow with the London Center for Policy Research. Bucknell University’s Michael Malarkey contributed research to this opinion piece.