Trump lawyers fight impeachment managers over the word 'fight'

Dylan Stableford
·Senior Writer
·2-min read

Earlier this week, Democratic House impeachment managers pointed out that then-President Donald Trump urged his supporters to “fight” 20 times during his speech that preceded their deadly assault on the U.S. Capitol.

Opening their defense of Trump at his Senate impeachment trial Friday, the former president’s lawyers played a 10-minute video of Democrats, including some of the impeachment managers and senators serving as jurors, saying the word “fight” in speeches and on television hundreds of times.

The clips were short and played without context — something Trump’s defense team had just accused the impeachment managers of doing in their presentation. Nonetheless, David Schoen, one of Trump’s lawyers, said the montage showed the “hypocrisy” of the case against the former president.

“You didn’t do anything wrong,” Schoen said of Democrats featured in the footage. “That’s a word people use. But please stop the hypocrisy.”

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 12: In this screenshot taken from a congress.gov webcast, former President Donald Trump's defense attorney David Schoen speaks on the fourth day of former President Donald Trump's second impeachment trial at the U.S. Capitol on February 12, 2021 in Washington, DC. House impeachment managers will make the case that Trump was “singularly responsible” for the January 6th attack at the U.S. Capitol and he should  be convicted and barred from ever holding public office again. (Photo by congress.gov via Getty Images)
David Schoen, defense attorney for former President Donald Trump, speaks Friday during Trump’s impeachment trial. (congress.gov via Getty Images)

In an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity earlier this week, Schoen suggested those calls to “fight” didn’t result in violence because Democrats simply aren’t as fervent as Trump supporters.

“They’re using rhetoric that’s just as inflammatory, or more so,” he said. “The problem is, they don’t really have followers, you know, their dedicated followers and so — you know, when they give their speeches.”

In their case, the Democratic impeachment managers laid out a months-long campaign by Trump to discredit the results of the 2020 presidential election, and argued that his rhetoric laid the groundwork for the violence that transpired on Jan. 6. Ignoring that, Trump’s lawyers focused their defense on what the former president said at the rally that day. Yet they also played video of Trump praising lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who spoke prior to Trump and whipped his crowd up in a frenzy by calling for a “trial by combat.”

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