After two days of videos showing the violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol by Trump supporters seeking to overturn the 2020 election, defense lawyer Bruce Castor argued that there never was an insurrection -- and was quickly fact-checked on his false claim.
"Clearly, there was no insurrection," Castor argued.
"Insurrection is a term of art defined in the law that involves taking over a country, a shadow government, taking the TV stations over and having some plan of what you will do when you finally take power. Clearly this is not that," he claimed.
Castor was quickly fact-checked, here's some of what people were saying:
Insurrection, per dictionary: "an act or instance of rising in revolt, rebellion, or resistance against civil autho… https://t.co/mJsnoCVBD2— Peter Baker (@Peter Baker)1613158701.0
Bruce Castor says what happened on January 6th was not an insurrection. Webster defines an insurrection as “an act… https://t.co/8rSKHgNFA7— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche Alcindor)1613158813.0
Trump's lawyer Castro: "Clearly there was no insurrection." U.S. Department of Justice Jan. 14: “The crimes ch… https://t.co/9FDtaFnvi8— Ryan Goodman (@Ryan Goodman)1613158864.0
3. Link to the Department of Justice's filing. https://t.co/ovpNjIuArw https://t.co/A0PFcSBl6E— Ryan Goodman (@Ryan Goodman)1613159260.0
Definition of insurrection, per Merriam-Webster: "an act or instance of revolting against civil authority or an established government"— Jill Colvin (@Jill Colvin)1613158855.0
Only if the rioters had overthrown the government and taken over the TV airwaves, Castor says, could we call the at… https://t.co/IwFjmZA95C— Eli Stokols (@Eli Stokols)1613158839.0