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According to Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, the chances of former President Donald Trump being convicted by the Senate are somewhere between never and never ever.
“The end result of this trial is obvious to every single person in the room. President Trump is going to be acquitted. In order for President Trump to be convicted, it takes 67 votes. There is no chance whatsoever there will be 67 votes to convict him. All 100 senators know that. The House managers know that. Everyone in the room knows that,” he said.
And that, he added, is exactly how it’s supposed to be. Why? Because Democrats have failed to prove their case.
Listen to his remarks below:
(Source: Fox News)
“The House managers, they have not proven their case. To prove their case, they have to demonstrate that President Trump committed a high crime or misdemeanor. That’s the constitutional standard,” the senator explained.
“And what they’ve attempted, what they’ve alleged in the articles of impeachment is incitement. In two days, in 16 hours of presenting their case, they haven’t come remotely close to demonstrating that President Trump’s conduct violated the law, that it constituted incitement,” he added.
Instead they’ve spent “90 percent of their time” playing clips of the Jan. 6th riot at the U.S. Capitol. But while horrific, the clips don’t prove their case.
“They spent all their time saying it was really, really terrible. All of us agree it was a terror attack. Violence is never right. But what they haven’t been able to prove is that President Trump’s speech on that day was the cause, the legal cause for it such that it would constitute incitement,” according to Cruz.
Plus, he continued, “any standard they put forth for incitement” would have to be applied both ways, meaning Democrats and their impeachment-hungry media allies would have some explaining to do.
“By any measure, the rhetoric and angry language from the Democrats exceeds that of President Trump’s, and that they haven’t even attempted to explain away,” he noted.
Indeed, they haven’t.
This is a point that Cruz tried earlier that evening to impart on Trump’s legal team.
“When the House managers closed their case [that afternoon], I grabbed a couple of other senators … and I said why don’t we go sit down and talk with the president’s lawyers. And we spent, I don’t know, 45 minutes to an hour in there talking with them,” he explained.
“What I urged the Trump defense lawyers [to do] is focus on the point I just made, which is that … if you look at the comments of Bernie Sanders, of Nancy Pelosi, of Chuck Schumer, of Maxine Waters, if you look at Kamala Harris, there is no coherent basis under the standard they put forward for concluding President Trump’s comments were incitement and Kamala Harris’s wasn’t,” Cruz said.
And that’s the ticket: If Trump is guilty of inciting an insurrection, then so is Vice President Kamala Harris, as well as plenty of other Democrats, based on their words.
Besides describing the deadly Black Lives Matter riots as “essential” last year, Harris also promoted a bail fund for arrested rioters. Now imagine how the left would react if Trump were to start raising bail funds for the Capitol rioters.
— Reverend Doctor Jill Biden Derek Hunter (@derekahunter) February 9, 2021
“While we were having Black Lives Matter and Antifa riots all over the country, while cities were burning, while police cars were being firebombed, while police officers were being murdered all across the country, Vice President Harris went on national television on Stephen Colbert and said these riots will continue and should continue,” Cruz continued.
That provoked host Shannon Bream into pointing out that encouraging protests isn’t the same thing as encouraging riots. The Texas senator replied by cleverly asking why this same standard isn’t being applied to the former president.
“President Trump, if you look at his remarks on Jan. 6th, he urged people to be peaceful and patriotic. He did not praise violence. He didn’t encourage violence,” Cruz said.
Pres Trump- “March to the Capitol building to peacefully & patriotically make your voices heard.”
Maxine Waters- “Make Trump personnel not welcome here, create a crowd, push back & harass them.”
Dems- Nothing to see here
This is the pinnacle of hypocrisy. pic.twitter.com/lhUsYtKaHB
— Rep. Doug Lamborn (@RepDLamborn) February 9, 2021
“My point is simple: look, neither one of those were incitement. We have a First Amendment that allows robust, vigorous political debate from both sides, even when there is irresponsible or overheated rhetoric on either side. That’s part of our political process,” the senator added as he concluded his remarks.
“The standard the Democrats have put forward, there’s no coherent way for them to say because we don’t like Donald Trump, he’s guilty, but all of our guys who have done it and done it repeatedly [aren’t],” Cruz said.
He was wrong, though. There is a standard that would allow that to happen. And that standard is known as a double standard.
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