This week, the Senate will hear arguments in the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump, whom the House of Representatives charged with inciting an insurrection in his historic second impeachment. Ten House Republicans voted in favor of the impeachment resolution, making it the most bipartisan presidential impeachment in American history.
Trump's months-long lie campaign that Democrats somehow orchestrated widespread election fraud that "stole" the 2020 election prompted a mob of pro-Trump extremists to storm the United States Capitol during the joint congressional session to nationally certify the victory of now-President Joe Biden.
Even moments before the deadly failed insurrection, Trump spoke at a "Save America" rally near the Capitol, where he urged his followers to "fight" for him and to "peacefully and patriotically" make their way to the Capitol to air their misgivings. Location information shows that nearly half of the attendees at this rally went to the Capitol right before the riots unfolded.
But Trump's allies are scrambling to distance the former President from liability for the riots, with some even claiming that anti-Trump activists secretly planned the attack to defame Trump. The hundreds of arrests made since the riots have virtually all been supporters of Trump.
Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA)—who was recently expelled from her committee assignments due to her support for deranged conspiracy theories—unleashed a bizarre Twitter rant claiming that the riots were pre-planned and that Trump was a victim of them, rather than their instigator.
If the #Jan6 organizers were Trump supporters, then why did they attack us while we were objecting to electoral col… https://t.co/EJ53CC3VdK— Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸 (@Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸)1612876839.0
Over the course of the thread, Greene said the riot wasn't incited by Trump, but rather that Trump was a "victim of the never ending hate fueled witch hunt."
It was Trump who spent months telling his supporters that Democrats stole an election, and it was Trump who encouraged his supporters to descend on the Capitol during the joint congressional session, and who encouraged lawmakers to object the results of certified elections.
People balked at the absurdity of Greene's statement.
Straight up lies. Provably so. https://t.co/FwcVclBcpF— 😺 (@😺)1612882826.0
War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength. https://t.co/09eGYea1Tk— Bill King (@Bill King)1612884164.0
Trump isn’t a victim. He’s never been a victim. He is a perpetrator though. Shouldn’t you be finding another job, s… https://t.co/WucBlT60Hr— Kimberly McAllister (@Kimberly McAllister)1612887925.0
Stop playing the victim, Margarine. You're part of what caused this. https://t.co/zZT1Ji0ilu— Luna Dahl (@Luna Dahl)1612883636.0
They didn't hesitate to remind Greene who contributed to the riot's instigation.
@mtgreenee You’re right, Marge, it was planned. https://t.co/JD07phMxzG— Jest Another One (@Jest Another One)1612891685.0
Yup! Planned and Organized by the regressive right and bitter ring wing Q nuts! A witch hunt? Where are Hillary's… https://t.co/DBPkjTLL1A— C From The GO (@C From The GO)1612888546.0
@mtgreenee This incitement had been going on for MONTHS. It was not just that mornings. That morning TRUMP just g… https://t.co/S4ycrwxgAT— Rhonda (@Rhonda)1612891192.0
@mtgreenee He was part of the planning and part of the incitement. Both of these can be true. Both of these are true.— Jaxs (@Jaxs)1612889491.0
@mtgreenee Planned and organized by you and your supporters.— ArkansasBlue 😷 (@ArkansasBlue 😷)1612888474.0
It's up to the House impeachment managers to convince Senators of Trump's role in the riots at the Senate impeachment trial.