(UnitedVoice.com) – It’s another sad chapter in American history. For the first time ever, Congress introduced articles of impeachment a second time against a sitting president. If the first impeachment against Trump wasn’t bad enough, this one is egregious.
The article of impeachment alleges that President Trump “willfully made statements that, in context, encouraged—and foreseeably resulted in—lawless action at the Capitol, such as: ‘if you don’t fight like hell you’re not going to have a country anymore.'”
The question is, did Trump incite a riot?
What Did Trump Actually Say?
There are many biased reports about what Trump said or didn’t say at the January 6 speech in question. Anyone who says that Trump incited a riot at the Capitol building should be asked to specifically show the line in the speech where he did that. They may be hard-pressed because it’s not there.
Questioning the outcome of an election and challenging the results through boisterous debate is not the same as inciting a riot. Politicians do it all the time. Last summer, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wondered out loud why there weren’t more riots across the country. Famously, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) called for the harassment and doxing of Trump administration officials and supporters.
For some reason, that kind of inflammatory language is perfectly acceptable.
However, the president didn’t call for rioting, doxing, or violence. Trump said, “I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your votes heard today… We’re going to… we’re going to walk down Pennsylvania Avenue — I love Pennsylvania Avenue — and we’re going to the Capitol. And we’re going to try and give — the Democrats are hopeless, they never vote for anything, not even one vote — but we’re going to try to give our Republicans, the weak ones because the strong ones don’t need any of our help; we’re going to try and give them the kind of pride and boldness that they need to take back our country. So let’s walk down Pennsylvania Avenue.”
So, where is the call to violence or rioting?
In fact, it was just the opposite. He specifically said, “peacefully.”
This Is Political
Over the last week, Democrats and their anti-Trump coalitions seized on the improper actions of a few as a reason to punish Trump and ensure he is never again qualified to run for office. A “snap” impeachment will not do anything other than try to stifle debate on made-up charges.
The problem with the impeachment and the censorship conservatives are experiencing is it’s not working. Stifling speech and debate only serves to create more division and hard feelings. For many, it’s a reinforcement of the idea that the last four years’ experiences were all leading up to this one moment.
So, what is this really about? It’s about ending Donald Trump’s political aspirations and silencing his supporters. It’s about not letting a good crisis go to waste and grabbing more power.
This impeachment is political and ultimately an erosion of the Bill of Rights.
Don Purdum, Independent Political Analyst
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