A group of Democrats trying to convict the former president appeared to selectively edit his speech from the day of the alleged Capitol attack.
Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) and his Democrat impeachment managers have been caught manipulating Donald Trump’s address to the March to Save America Rally in Washington’s Ellipse Park on Jan. 6.
An investigative report found important parts of President Trump’s speech were edited out from a video recording and presented to the Senate impeachment trial as evidence that allegedly supports the incitement of insurrection charge.
Democrats editing Trump’s speech
The speech clearly omitted his plea for supporters to “peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard.”
“The video shows Trump saying, ‘We are going to walk down, and I will be there with you, we are going to walk down … to the Capitol,” Breitbart journalist Kristina Wong said.
“The video then cuts to supporters yelling, ‘Let’s take the Capitol!’ and ‘We are going to the Capitol!’ It then cuts to people trying to get past fence barriers, and then to an earlier part of Trump’s speech where he said in regard to his fight against the election results, ‘We fight like hell.'”
The video then claims the former president invited peaceful protesters to move closer to the Capitol building after finishing his remarks.
“So we are going to walk down Pennsylvania Avenue, I love Pennsylvania Avenue, and we are going to the Capitol, and we are going to try and give … our Republicans—the weak ones because the strong ones do not need any of our help—we are going to try and give them the kind of pride and boldness that they need to take back our country,” he can be heard saying in the video.
The video ends with various violent confrontations between police officers and extreme rioters who repeatedly chant “Fight for Trump.”
Full transcript different to edited version
However, a full transcript of the speech obtained by the Washington Post reveals President Trump actually asked supporters to act peacefully and within the law.
“We have come to demand that Congress do the right thing and only count the electors who have been lawfully slated, lawfully slated,” he said.
“I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard. Today, we will see whether Republicans stand strong for the integrity of our elections but whether or not they stand strong for our country—our country; our country has been under siege for a long time. Far longer than this four-year period.”