Raskin introduces former law student as impeachment manager
Plaskett, a Democrat who represents the Virgin Islands, went on to continue the managers’ case against former President Donald Trump, who has been charged with inciting the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. During her speech, she accused Trump of knowing that the deadly riot on Jan. 6 was foreseeable, arguing it was part of a months-long campaign to rile up violent supporters and send them “straight at our door.”
“When the violence erupted as a response to his calls to fight against the stolen election, he did not walk it back. He did not tell them no. He did the opposite. The opposite. He praised and encouraged the violence so it would continue. He fanned the flame of violence and it worked,” Plaskett said.
Plaskett pointed to Trump’s call for the Proud Boys to “stand back and stand by” when asked to condemn white supremacists as evidence that Trump incited the Proud Boys, showing video of Trump’s quote from a presidential debate. Several members of the Proud Boys have been charged in connection with the insurrection.