U.S. House lead impeachment manager Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) addresses the U.S. Senate with the impeachment managers’ opening argument in the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump, on charges of inciting the deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol, on the floor of the Senate chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., February 10, 2021. U.S. Senate TV/Handout via Reuters

THE NEUTRAL ZONE

Lead impeachment manager Rep. Jamie Raskin on Wednesday referred to former President Donald Trump as the “inciter-in-chief” of the Jan. 6 attack. Then he and eight other representatives attempted to justify the moniker with evidence that Trump intended to provoke the riot that left five people dead, dozens injured and officials traumatized. 

“To us it may have felt like chaos and madness,” said Raskin (D-Md.), “but there was method to the madness that day.” 

The method began with Trump’s speech, said Rep. Joe Neguse (D-Colo.). Trump knew what would happen when he delivered his speech to a crowd of supporters on edge about the results being confirmed that day in the Senate. Neguse said Trump’s crowd, prepped, armed and ready, “understood his words” when they heard Trump’s speech telling them to “fight like hell.” Trump was the only one who could have stopped the riot, Neguse said, because they believed he was following his orders, but instead Trump chose to let it go. 

Trump had already used other tactics to overturn the election, including a phone call to Georgia’s Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger where officials believe he urged Raffensperger, a call now being investigated by Fulton County prosecutors. Trump had also sown doubt regarding the results on Twitter and in speeches, tweets that prosecutors displayed Wednesday. Trump then monitored sites with people posting their plans to overthrow the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 and ignored warnings from the FBI that the threats were credible, said Stacey Plaskett, one of the House impeachment managers. 

“They posted exact blueprints of the attack openly, loudly, proudly – and they did this all over public forums,” Plaskett said during her remarks. “These were not just hidden posts and dark websites that Trump would not have seen. Quite the opposite. We know President Trump monitored these websites. We know this because his advisers confirm it.” 

Among the recordings played Wednesday included evidence that rioters wanted to kill House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a longtime adversary of Trump, as well as targeting former Vice President Mike Pence. They showed rioters trying to break down a door into Pelosi’s office and played audio of her barricaded staffers whispering for help. Dick Barnett, the man later photographed sitting at Pelosi’s desk with his feet up in one of the more iconic shots of the riot, was carrying a 950,000-volt stun gun, enough to seriously injure or kill someone, Plaskett said. He has since been arrested and charged. 

MEDIA PERSPECTIVE

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Trump’s Lawyer Proved His Actions Really Are Indefensible – Rolling Stone – 2/10/2021
There’s a saying: “You get what you pay for.”  Usually it refers to the quality of a product relative to its price, but in the context of the team assembled to defend former President Trump in his second impeachment trial, it could also be a broader comment on the properties of karma — if you believe in that stuff. Trump, infamous for stiffing almost anyone whose services he agrees to pay for — most recently, his personal lawyer Rudy Guiliani — was left with few options when it came time to pick lawyers to represent him in his Senate trial.

House impeachment managers warn teachers, parents about showing children violent trial footage – Fox News – 2/10/2021
House impeachment managers have been liberally using footage of the events of Jan. 6 to illustrate their argument that former President Donald Trump incited a riot at the Capitol building, but they recognized that some of the content may not be suitable for all audiences.

The First Trial Seemed Abstract. This One Is a Visceral Reckoning Over Trump – New York Times – 2/9/2021
As the United States Senate opened an unprecedented second impeachment trial of former President Donald J. Trump on Tuesday amid the echoes of history, the House managers prosecuting him played powerful video images of last month’s deadly assault on the Capitol that made abundantly clear how different this proceeding will be from the first.

Donald Trump Jr. Urges Republicans to Stop Being Soft and Start Getting Serious Against the Democrats – Redstate – 2/10/2021
Donald Trump Jr. is urging Republicans to stop being afraid of the Democrats and the media and begin fighting back just as hard as the Democrats are fighting against Republicans, or more accurately, former President Donald Trump who is out of office yet still managing to make Democrats stomp their feet and flail their arms around.

Impeachment sends Republican senators scrambling: Trump makes the GOP squirm with a flailing defense – Salon – 2/10/2021
But there’s one silver lining: The Democrats who are arguing the case as the House managers so thoroughly smoked Trump’s defense that even Trump knows it.

Trump’s alleged incitement brings First Amendment into focus – The Hill – 2/10/2021
As House impeachment managers on Wednesday sought to brand former President Trump as the “inciter in chief,” the scope of Trump’s free speech rights took on a central focus.

North Korea gives new meaning to ‘Stop the Steal!’ – Asia Times – 2/10/2021
You gotta hand it to Kim Jong Un: The man knows how to get things done. In fact I’m recommending that the United States government – right now, as Donald Trump’s impeachment trial in the Senate moves into its second contentious day – emulate Kim, borrow a page from his playbook and mobilize an enormous apparatus dedicated to collecting human excrement.

While The Media Distracts With Impeachment, Biden Quietly Forces His Leftist Agenda Through – Conservative Review – 2/10/2021
As the second impeachment of former president Donald Trump enters its second day, social media and legacy media alike are laser-focussed on the events in Washington, D.C. More specifically, they are entirely focused on the appalling events which unfolded in the Capitol on January 6, making the clear unquestionable conclusion that Trump — and by the transitive property of conservative bigotry, his supporters — is somehow responsible for this unique display of political violence.

Twitter CFO: Trump’s Ban Will Continue Even If He’s Reelected – Daily Caller – 2/10/2021
“Our policies are designed to make sure that people are not inciting violence and if anybody does that we have to remove them from the platform and our policies don’t allow them to come back,” Segal added. “He was removed when he was president and there would be no difference for anybody who was a public official, once they had been removed from the service.”

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