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The Senate’s top Democrat, Chuck Schumer, yesterday decried the decision to acquit Donald Trump of inciting a riot at the US Capitol on 6 January.
The Democrats had argued in the short trial that Trump caused the violent attack by repeating for months the false claims that the election was stolen from him, and then telling his supporters gathered near the White House that morning to ‘fight like hell’ to overturn his defeat. Five people died when they then laid siege to the Capitol.
Dana Milbank at the Washington Post has an overnight op-ed with the quite brutal headline “Trump left them to die. 43 Senate Republicans still licked his boots”. It opens with a look at one of the key moments in the impeachment trial, when it became clear that Trump knew his own vice president was in danger, and looked the other way. Milbank writes:
In the end, the darkest truth of Donald Trump’s crime came to light.
As his marauders sacked the Capitol on 6 January in their bloody attempt to overturn the election, House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy called the then-president and pleaded for Trump to call off the attack. Trump refused, essentially telling McCarthy he got what he deserved. Trump was, in effect, content to let members of Congress die.