House impeachment managers opened up their case against former president Donald Trump with a video showing his supporters violently storming the U.S. Capitol with the explicit goal of overturning his election loss.
The Senate trial began Tuesday afternoon with statements from Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD), the lead impeachment manager, who showed lawmakers of the violent insurrection they faced from Trump supporters on Jan. 6, after the former president gathered them in Washington, D.C., and spurred them on to the Capitol to use "very different rules" to keep him in office.
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The videos retained their power to shock and alarm onlookers.
This is still completely unbelievable and so traumatizing.
— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) February 9, 2021
We've just watched the campaign commercial for EVERY SINGLE REPUBLICAN DISTRICT in the 2022 mid-terms. That video, with the Republican official voting "No" on impeachment. That's it. That's the commercial. #impeachment
— Dr. Jason Johnson (@DrJasonJohnson) February 9, 2021
Every U.S. senator arguing for inaction in the face of that attack is arguing against American democracy.
— Garance Franke-Ruta (@thegarance) February 9, 2021
I wish I could've seen Ted Cruz's face as he watched the MAGA Mob rifle through his desk. Too bad they edited out the part where they say they know he's on their side.
— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) February 9, 2021
Every single American should watch the House Managers Exhibit currently being played in Trump's impeachment trial. Every news network should play this, in full, in prime time tonight. It is extremely disturbing, exceedingly violent, and undeniably criminal.
— Jill Filipovic (@JillFilipovic) February 9, 2021
how any senator can watch this footage and not find trump guilty is beyond me
— Michael is very disappointed with Maine (@mcharr00) February 9, 2021
Watching the images of the January 6th insurrection again hurt my soul and profoundly saddened me for our nation. So-called 'patriots' used the flag they pretend to revere to attack federal officers and deface the Capitol while chanting their battle cry, "treason, treason."
— Evan McMullin 🇺🇸 (@EvanMcMullin) February 9, 2021
Smashing the chamber doors with a “drain the swamp" banner and the “no Trump, no peace" chants really kind of erase any ambiguity
— Wesley (@WesleyLowery) February 9, 2021
These same types of violent white mobs descended on Black neighborhoods all across the country nearly a century ago. And repeatedly even through the #CivilRights era. With that same fury. They were not stopped. They were not prosecuted. They were celebrated. How far have we come?
— @tiffanydcross (@TiffanyDCross) February 9, 2021
'And we are listening to Trump, your boss,' a rioter tells a Capitol police officer, who are denounced as 'traitor pigs.'
— ByJohnLMicek (@ByJohnLMicek) February 9, 2021
This video should be the end of this. Convict unanimously and bar Trump from holding office again.
— Chris Geidner (@chrisgeidner) February 9, 2021
Raskin's doing well walking through this but also sort of depressing to sit through because no one actually thinks the senate can't do this trial! they've just been sort of throwing it out there because they're not on the level.
— Tim Murphy (@timothypmurphy) February 9, 2021
I am steeped in these videos and I've never seen it all put together in a timeline cut with trump's video and tweets
I just...wow. If I was in a different line of work Idk if I'd have been able to watch it all without having a small meltdown. That's...a lot.
— Linda Tirado (@KillerMartinis) February 9, 2021