In supporting the case for the conviction of former President Donald Trump on an impeachment charge, Democrats on Wednesday played an audio clip of Republican Governor of Montana Greg Gianforte physically assaulting a journalist in 2017 during his campaign for Congress, along with to the video of Trump praising the attack during a 2018 campaign stop in Missoula.
The ongoing impeachment trial focuses on Trump inciting a violent mob of his supporters to storm the United States Capitol on January 6. The insurrection blocked Congress for hours and resulted in the deaths of five people, including a Capitol police officer who was beaten by rioters.
During the morning’s session in the US Senate, House Impeachment Officer Jamie Raskin, D-Maryland, called the January 6 attack on Congress as the culmination of Trump’s “ongoing model and practice of incitement. to violence “.
“It wasn’t just Trump’s encouragement of violence that conditioned his supporters to join this uprising on January 6,” Raskin said. “It was also his explicit sanction of violence after it took place.”
He then played an audio clip of Gianforte’s attack on a journalist from the Guardian…
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