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Democrats scrutinize Trump’s election tweets

by Kent Covington
Posted 2/10/21, 06:06 pm

Former President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial will continue at least through Thursday afternoon. After closing arguments, senators will have a total of four hours to question both sides.

What has happened so far? On Wednesday, the second day of the proceedings, impeachment managers detailed months of tweets and remarks by the former president that they said culminated in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. They called Trump the “inciter in chief.” His defense lawyers maintain he neither called for nor expected violence. And most Senate Republicans say they’ve seen nothing that proves the former president’s guilt.

Dig deeper: Listen to Mary Reichard discuss the impeachment with constitutional law professor Frank Bowman on The World and Everything in It podcast.

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Kent Covington

Kent is a reporter and news anchor for WORLD Radio. He spent nearly two decades in Christian and news/talk radio before joining WORLD in 2012. He resides in Atlanta, Ga. Follow him on Twitter @kentcovington.

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    Posted: Thu, 02/11/2021 10:30 am

    Many unanswered questions about Capitol "riot".

    Like why did they cremate Officer Sicknick before questions were answered about his death?

    A real eye opener.

    Posted: Thu, 02/11/2021 12:51 pm

    And where is “Ashli Babbitt” – “dead” or alive?

  • JR
    Posted: Thu, 02/11/2021 12:59 pm

    You can put insurrection in quotes if you prefer but it was absolutely a riot, no quotes needed.

    Let’s be real here, the answer to all those questions is not going to make anyone happy. Republicans or Democrats. It was an appallingly bad day for America. Democrats will be self-righteous and Republicans will pretend they had nothing to do with influencing it. But it’s bad for all of us and we should make an effort to insure that it never happens again.

  • OldMike
    Posted: Thu, 02/11/2021 02:41 pm

    It was a riot, and shameful, and disgusting. But an "insurrection," for anyone to have taken it seriously as such, would have to be an actual attempt to overthrow or take control of a government. It would have involved a lot more force than just pushing past barricades and grabbing souvenirs and posing for selfies.  And it would have resulted in a great many more deaths than what occurred, though the five who died are to be mourned. 

    Think formations of heavily armed and armored rebels against the lightly armed Police. Think pitched battles, with hundreds of Capitol Police Officers and insurrectionists and Congresspersons killed.

    That is not what took place.  It's simple hysteria to call the events of January 6 an insurrection.


  • not silent
    Posted: Thu, 02/11/2021 07:07 pm

    We are all entitled to our opinions about what happened on Jan. 6.  However, in a legal proceedure (such as an impeachment trial), the decision should be made based on LEGAL definitions.  According to

    "Insurrection means 'a violent uprising by a group or movement acting for the specific purpose of overthrowing the constituted government and seizing its powers.'"

    I will leave it up to our legally elected officials to determine if the events of Jan. 6 meet this definition. But it should be noted that the rioters said they were there to stop legally elected representatives from casting their votes to certify Mr. Biden as president.  Put another way, it was to stop the peaceful transfer of power based on a legal process set forth by the Constitution.  The rioters also said outright that they were there because Mr. Trump told them to be there. That's not from MSM, liberals, or "the left": I heard it myself in video made by the rioters. It should ALSO be noted that, in his remarks to the protestors AFTER THE RIOT, Mr. Trump called them "great patriots" and said, "We love you."  (I.e., I don't think he would have said those things if they were Antifa or if they were pretending to be his supporters.)  

    As far as the violence is concerned: In addition to video showing people"pushing past barricades and taking selfies," I saw video from a body cam showing people beating the person wearing it with various and sundry implements (I couldn't see exactly what they were using because the beating was from multiple people and was rapid and continuous).  Some of them looked like they were also kicking the police officer and even trying to stomp on him.  You could see the officer's hands raised in front of the camera in a desperate attempt at self-defense.  Another video showed a police officer screaming as he was being squeezed by a barricade.  Yet another showed an officer being dragged into the crowd. 

     According to eyewitness testimony, one of the officers was begging the crowd not to kill him because of his wife and kids. (Thankfully, someone in the crowd apparently intervened.)  I also saw video of someone fashioning a noose outside the Capitol. It wasn't used on anyone, but it was chilling; and, if nothing else, it was meant to intimidate and scare people.  

    I think we should be fervently thanking God that more people were not killed, but quite a few Capitol police were injured; and two later committed suicide. It's one thing to envision what it might have been like to be there as a Trump supporter who made a mistake and happened to be there during the riot.  It's quite another to imagine what it must have been like for the Capitol police who were attacked, beaten, and literally feared for their lives and for the Senators, who were running and hiding to protect theirs-INSIDE THE US CAPITOL BUILDING!   Once a mob gets going, it's hard to predict exactly how far they will go.  I am grateful to God the incidents on Jan.6 were not worse, but they very well could have been. 

    Finally, there is such a thing as a "bloodless coup." In other words, an illegal seizure of power does not ALWAYS involved bloodshed and death. Let us pray that God gives wisdom to all our leaders in these challenging times and that he also guides and directs all believers.  

  • Big Jim
    Posted: Thu, 02/11/2021 04:25 pm

    Behold, the Leader of the Insurrection. I think the Republic is safe for now.