WASHINGTON (AP) – Donald Trump’s legal team thoroughly distorted his remarks from the rally ahead of last month’s Capitol storm, grabbing one issue as Trump spoke of peaceful protest in his “fight like hell” tirade of anger and complaint.
Trump’s attorney Michael van der Veen accused House Democratic Demachters of showing selectively edited scenes of the violence and Trump’s words January 6.
Still, he ignored the burning substance and tenor of the staged speech, as well as the president̵
Another Trump lawyer, Bruce Castor, denied that the siege was a riot, saying it was an “art concept” not deserved by the events of the day. Actually, it’s a word with dictionaries and legal texts, and what happened on January 6 was a riot.
A look at the rhetoric from the Senate indictment, in which Trump is accused of inciting the siege of the Capitol before Congress confirmed its defeat of Joe Biden in the presidential election:
VAN DER VEEN: “No thinker could believe that the president’s speech on January 6 about the ellipse was in any way an incitement to violence or rebellion. … Nothing in the text can ever be interpreted as encouraging, condensing or enticing illegal activity of any kind. Far from rebelling against the United States, the president’s statements explicitly urged those present to exercise their rights peacefully and patriotically. ”
FACTS: This characterization is not similar to Trump’s speech. For more than an hour, Trump did the case that he and his supporters at the rally had been “tricked” and “deceived” into the “rigged” choice of a “criminal enterprise” consisting of some of the “weak” legislators that the rebels were about to face.
As for Trump who “explicitly” encourages non-violence, as the lawyer put it, the president’s only gesture in the speech was this passing remark, lost in the winds of today’s rage: “I know everyone here will soon march to the Capitol building for peaceful and patriotic to hear your voice. ”
There were no other approximate appeals for calm, order or respect for the institutions that Trump attacked in his speech as a “swamp.”
“It was the only time, the only time, President Trump used the word ‘peaceful’ or any hint of non-violence,” the rep said. Madeleine Dean of Pennsylvania, one of the Democratic prosecutors, during the trial. “President Trump used the word ‘fight’ or ‘fight’ 20 times.”
Her count is correct. In addition, Trump thanked supporters when they sang: “Fight for Trump! Fight for Trump! Fight for Trump! ”
To be sure, not all of Trump’s “fight” words were about the march to the Capitol. Some were about the political struggle to reverse a fair and certified election he lost, or about his other battles in Washington.
But he sent his followers to the Capitol with these words: “If you do not fight like hell, you will not have a country anymore.”
This, after his lawyer Rudy Giuliani had told the audience: “Let’s try a fight.”
This, after Trump initially summoned his supporters to Washington with the promise: “Be there, will be wild!”
At the rally, Trump woke up his followers with words like these:
– “Let the weak get out. This is a time for strength. “This was in reference to Republicans in Congress who did not follow through on their attempt to undermine the election.
– “You must show strength, and you must be strong.” It was specific to the marches.
– “When you take someone in fraud, you are allowed to follow very different rules.” Despite this remark, van der Veen claimed on Friday that “the whole premise” of Trump’s rally speech was that the democratic process should “play itself out according to the letter of the law.”
– “You want a fake president. That’s what you want, and we can not let that happen. “A reference to Biden’s conduct for the presidency if he was not stopped.
“We are going to the Capitol,” Trump told his followers, “to try to give them the kind of pride and courage they need to take back our country. So let’s go down Pennsylvania Avenue.”
For all this, his lawyer claimed on Friday that Trump had “devoted almost his entire speech to an extended discussion” of the voting process.
During the ensuing melee, Trump made a video telling the attackers that it was time to “go home.” Only when the violence was underway did he emphasize the need for “law and order” and “peace.” But he added: “We love you. You are very special people. “Others are” so bad and evil. “
He later followed up with a tweet that did not express concern about the deadly consequences of the siege. He seemed to see justice in what had happened.
“These are the things and events that happen when a holy landslide election winner is removed so ceremoniously and viciously from great patriots who have been treated badly and unfairly for so long,” he wrote. “Go home with love and in peace. Remember this day forever! ”
CASTOR: “There was clearly no uprising. Resurrection is a concept of art, defined in law, involves taking over a country … a shadow government that takes over the TV stations and has a plan for what to do when you finally take power. ”
FACTS: It was a textbook rebellion.
As “defined in law”, a rebellion is the act or instance of rebellious esp. violent against civil or political authority or against an established government, ”according to Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law.
Under the U.S. Code, the crime against the insurgency is committed by “Anyone who encourages, sets in motion, assists or engages in any insurrection or rebellion against the United States government or its laws, or provides assistance or comfort to it.”
Aside from law and legal texts, rebellion is defined by Webster’s New World College Dictionary, used by The Associated Press, as “an upbringing against established authority; rebellion; rebellion.”
On January 6, the attackers rose physically and violently against the established authorities – Congress, as it performed its constitutional duties surrounded and protected by US authorities and police. Many in the siege intended to stop Congress from confirming Trump’s defeat.
A resurrection is often understood as a short-lived revolt that fails, as it did. Castor may have put together an uprising with a coup, suggesting a more organized and advanced effort to seize power, perhaps involving a shadow government ready to take over. January 6 was not.
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