On Wednesday, during the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump, House impeachment manager Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX) laid out a timeline of facts that demonstrated the former president's complicity in the violent attack on the U.S. Capitol, and his indifference to lawmakers' safety.
Castro played footage of rioters screaming for the blood of then-Vice President Mike Pence, immediately after Trump tweeted an attack on him and suggested he was abdicating his duties. He noted that it was after this tweet that they began chanting "Hang Mike Pence" and constructed a gallows in front of the Capitol.
Even as the violence began in earnest, Castro noted, Trump did not call in the National Guard or any federal forces, leaving it to others in the government. He told his followers to "stay peaceful," said Castro, but at first did not tell them to actually leave the Capitol and stop what they were doing. And when he finally did tell them to leave, he said he loved them and praised their patriotism.
The impeachment trial turns on whether Trump incited the violence at the Capitol. Republicans are not currently believed to have among them the required 17 votes to convict.