(ConservativePeak.com)- Before the Senate voted to acquit former President Donald Trump in the second impeachment trial on Saturday, as many as 12 Republican Senators reportedly walked out of the Senate trial.
On Thursday, a dozen Republican Senators left the room when Democrat Rep. Jamie Raskin, the lead House impeachment manager, made the ludicrous argument that President Donald Trump’s rallies over the last five years constituted an “incitement of violence.”
It was one of many bizarre arguments pushed by the Democrats to advance their impeachment trial, and ultimately one that failed to win over the members of the Senate.
John McCormack, a reporter from the National Review, said that Republic Senators left during Raskin’s presentation and missed the arguments of California Democrat Rep. Ted Lieu after him.
In Lieu’s speech, President Donald Trump was painted as a dangerous figure who posed a threat in the future.
McCormack revealed how former presidential rivals to Donald Trump in 2016 “watched intently as video documented Trump’s 2015-2020 remarks making light of or justifying political violence.”
At least a dozen Senate Republicans skipped at least part of Lieu’s presentation.
Lieu warned of history repeating itself:“I’m afraid [Trump is] going to run again and lose.”
— John McCormack (@McCormackJohn) February 11, 2021
He said that Lindsey Graham, Marco Rubio, and Ted Cruz then left the room.
McCormack’s suggestion that the video documented former President Trump’s “justifying” of political violence was bizarre given the former president’s repeated calls for supporters to protest peacefully.
Rep. Raskin used his speaking time in the hearing to suggest that former President Trump’s speech on Capitol Hill on January 6 incited a riot and was the culmination of years of condoning violence or using coded language to endorse violence. He also claimed that the former president had incited violence against public officials, and attempted to connect him to a foiled plot to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer last year.
The problem? Among the alleged plotters of that scheme was a far-left Black Lives Matter activist.
Hardly a Trump supporter.
Raskin also repeated that long-debunked lie that Trump called neo-Nazis in the Charlottesville rally in 2017 “very fine people” – despite President Donald Trump saying during that exact speech that neo-Nazis should be “condemned totally.”
Can you see why the GOP Senators walked out?