Former US President Donald Trump’s impeachment defense team on Friday turned the tables on Democrats, arguing that the former president incited violence by telling supporters to “fight like hell” and showing a long montage of Democratic politicians, who use the word “fight” to motivate their own supporters.
The video, which lasted more than 10 minutes, showed many Democratic Senators along with President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris as they were on the 2020 campaign, using the word hundreds of times in speeches and on television.
“Every single one of you and each of you,” said Trump’s attorney David Schoen, pointing to lawmakers and members of the House who are pursuing the case against Trump.
“That’s okay, you didn’t do anything wrong. It’s a word that people use,” Schön told them.
“But please, stop the hypocrisy.”
The Democrats featured in the video have been shown in the Senate and House of Representatives chambers, at election campaign events, in television studios, on convention stages and in acceptance speeches.
Lawyers for the former Republican president, who is accused of inciting violence with a fiery speech on Jan. 6 before his supporters stormed the Capitol, argued that such provocative language was just a lively political speech.
“You don’t get what you don’t fight for,” says Senator Elizabeth Warren in a clip, one of 47 times she is featured with the word.
The montage also contained clips of House lawmakers serving as prosecutors in the Senate impeachment proceedings calling for a “fight” against Trump on various issues.
Democrats will “fight him and challenge him in every possible way, in Congress, in court and on the streets,” said Congressman Joaquin Castro.
The pictures ended with Biden himself gathering his followers: “Never, never, never give up this fight.”
During two days of argument, House prosecutors repeatedly played videos of excerpts from Trump’s January 6th speech that prompted his supporters to march down Pennsylvania Avenue and besiege the U.S. Capitol.
The melee killed five people and forced terrified lawmakers to seek protection.
“We fight. We fight like hell. And if you don’t fight like hell, you will have no more land,” Trump told the rally.