Columnist questions claims that Trump incited Capitol riot as House Dems move to impeach

In the wake of an attack on the U.S. Capitol last Wednesday by a violent pro-Trump mob, many lawmakers on the left and right have been quick to point a finger at the president for inciting the violence, citing a speech he gave earlier that morning to a crowd gathered to protest the results of the 2020 election.

But was the president’s alleged call to action as clear-cut as many in the media have made it seem? It’s a question that PJ Media’s Robert Spencer wasn’t afraid to ask in a piece published Sunday titled: “Exactly Where and How Did Trump Incite the Mob?”

A “self-inflicted wound”

For his piece, Spencer broke down a transcript of the president’s speech Wednesday morning, arguing that, despite the claims of Trump’s detractors, “nothing” in his talk explicitly “[called] upon the crowd to storm the Capitol, or to overthrow the government, or to do anything but walk down Pennsylvania Avenue and encourage lawmakers to support the president.”

Spencer’s position comes in stark contrast to that of Republican lawmakers like Sens. Lisa Murkowski (AK) and Pat Toomey (PA), who have “joined the calls for Trump either to resign or face a second impeachment” over his alleged role in the violence at the Capitol, the writer noted.

Even Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham (SC), long an ally of the president, has characterized Wednesday’s events as a “self-inflicted wound” for Trump. “When it comes to accountability the president needs to understand that his actions were the problem, not the solution,” Graham said Thursday, according to the Associated Press.

Meanwhile, Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (CA) has been more blunt in her remarks, telling CBS’s 60 Minutes in a recent interview that Trump “is guilty of inciting insurrection” and “has to pay a price for that,” according to USA Today.

“Where did he say that?”

So what exactly did Trump say to garner him so much criticism? According to a transcript from Rev, Trump said about 15 minutes into his Wednesday speech:

Our media is not free. It’s not fair. It suppresses thought. It suppresses speech, and it’s become the enemy of the people. […] Republicans are constantly fighting like a boxer with his hands tied behind his back. It’s like a boxer, and we want to be so nice. We want to be so respectful of everybody, including bad people.

We’re going to have to fight much harder and [Vice President] Mike Pence is going to have to come through for us. If he doesn’t, that will be a sad day for our country, because you’re sworn to uphold our constitution. Now it is up to Congress to confront this egregious assault on our democracy.

After this, we’re going to walk down and I’ll be there with you. We’re going to walk down. We’re going to walk down any one you want, but I think right here. We’re going walk down to the Capitol, and we’re going to cheer on our brave senators, and congressmen and women. We’re probably not going to be cheering so much for some of them because you’ll never take back our country with weakness. You have to show strength, and you have to be strong.

Spencer, for his part, argued Sunday that if Democrats are set on impeaching Trump over his alleged incitement, they’ll need to show exactly where, when, and how. “Where did he say that the crowd should storm the Capitol and disrupt the electoral vote certification?” the writer pressed, citing the transcript. “If he didn’t say this, then he is not guilty of incitement, and to claim that he is threatens the very foundations of America as a free society,” Spencer wrote.

At the conclusion of his talk, Trump revived notions of walking down to the Capitol, but he never explicitly mentioned breaching it, telling rallygoers:

So we’re going to, we’re going to walk down Pennsylvania Avenue, I love Pennsylvania Avenue, and we’re going to the Capitol and we’re going to try and give… The Democrats are hopeless. They’re never voting for anything, not even one vote. But we’re going to try and give our Republicans — the weak ones, because the strong ones don’t need any of our help — we’re going to try and give them the kind of pride and boldness that they need to take back our country.

So let’s walk down Pennsylvania Avenue. I want to thank you all. God bless you and God bless America. Thank you all for being here, this is incredible. Thank you very much. Thank you.

“You will pay”

In the days since the attack, Trump has been clear in his condemnation of the violence — but it remains to be seen whether that’s enough to stop House Dems from succeeding in their latest attempt to impeach him, which, according to The Orange County Register, is already starting to get underway in the lower chamber on a single charge: “incitement of insurrection.”

“Like all Americans, I am outraged by the violence, lawlessness, and mayhem,” President Trump said in a video statement Thursday, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“The demonstrators who infiltrated the Capitol have defiled the seat of American democracy,” he added. “To those who engage in the acts of violence and destruction, you do not represent our country, and to those who broke the law, you will pay.”

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17 Responses

  1. Adam Peters. I have a poor attitude toward the media, you helped me to see there are some of you who want to print the truth and not anger fueled by emotion. Every issue has two sides. When you fully investigate those sides and not result in pure emotion, you get the facts. I am saddened and appaled at what occurred. Some good people doing dumb things and some bad people doing some bad things.

  2. Thank you Adam for speaking TRUTH. The Democrats only want to take the attention away from what they were doing to incite the riots.

    1. Biden himself stated, “We have put together, I think, the most extensive and inclusive voter fraud organization in the history of American politics. “

      1. One of the independant journalist pointed out that in September Biden was being pressed on some issue and in frustration, he blurted out that he didn’t care what the results were at 1:00AM Wednesday, when the mail-in votes are counted, we will be the winners. He repeated this boast at least once more, BUT Harris, Pelosy, and others also bragged about the same thing. I don’t believe in conspiracies, but, “Where there’s smoke, there’s fire !!!” Too many lies and half truths and fabrications (on both sides unfortunately) to ignore !

  3. I believe Antifa and maybe others of their ilk were the ones creating the violence. President Trump wanted a constitutional process to open up the truth of the criminal and treasonous activity that did in fact “steal” this election. For me, this is not just about Trump. It is about the future of our country where there can never be another fair election. With Democrats in control, no changes will be made in the law to circumvent the tragic events of November 2020. The fox will be guarding the hen house.

  4. Mr. Trump Is it true that Pelosi had voter fraud evidence on her computer? We will always support and vote for you. Antifa was let in through back door of White House is what’s in Kingsport times newspaper. God Bless you for what you did for America.

  5. Thank you for taking the time to carefully go thru President trumps speech on the ellipse. Personally I watched and listened to President Trump’s speech and did not hear anything coming close to inciting any kind of violence. The Dems did nothing thru this past year when violence and destruction occurred. The Dems need to stop inferring things that did not happen. As for the republicans there are way too many RINOs just waiting to show their true colors so they have an excuse to jump the support Trump Ship and only went along for the ride since the power of the presidency is in President Trump’s hands. During the summer,VP elect stated it was a movement occurring thru our country which I took to mean all the protests some of which were violent which mattered not since it was a movement. The only movement I have seen is the support Trump movement which took shape in 2016 and continued thru the pandemic and were obvious at all the Trump rallies leaving up thru the 2020 election.

  6. Most of the media have lied for almost 5 years. President Trump did not do anything wrong for the Demorats and the Rhino heads in the house and senate to harm Trump in any way shape or form. Anybody changing from Dem or other will rue the day they betrayed the American People, 2022 is only a short time away and you will be voted out of OFFICE!

  7. Because we have a senate that is totally impotent, we have big tech censoring our president, and anyone else they so choose and the Senate sits doing nothing. Graham is a fair weather senator, if he thinks it will gain him points he is for it. Think he worships at Schumer and Pelosi’s feet. The commie dems are totally insane.

  8. Four years of investigations of the Trumps, every day criticized by the press, Where is the news investigation of the Bidens? Where is the investigation of the alleged stolen election? No investigation just denials from both Demacrats and their so called independent Media.I guess thats good enough for FBI these days

  9. What is in piglosi’s lap top? Was it siezed or stolen? What is SHE hiding that has her so insanely going after Trump? Were the rioters hired by the demonrats to storm the capitol so the objections to the electoral college votes bieng certified could not be heard? Something is not right, the news media rats were saying the capitol was bieng stormed even BEFORE President Trump spoke! They all knew that something was in the works to accuse President Trump of inciting a riot! They paid blm and antifa to do this, so they could accuse President Trump of inciting a riot. They WILL be found out, one guy said he was PAID to riot, but refused to say by whom. Because they were paid, someone else, or several someone’s will tell on themselves. Will anything be done about it? Not likely, since the demonrat horde did it, and—- as we all are aware, THEY are above the law! Piglosi is spearheading this farce, hopefully it blows up in her ugly face, and SHE will face her own political demise in the next two weeks! She is GUILTY of treason against our country and our President!

  10. When has anything Trump said never been turned on him, give it a rest. The Dems should be all out in jail for treason, there’s more than enough evidence from Hillary’s involvement in the Russian business, to Harris raising money to bail out rioters, Pelosi for going to Chinatown and holding money to help people. They all have held a pen against the people.

  11. America, you will not like the transformation that will happen starting on January 20, 2021. Our Constitution will be slowly demolished as Biden/Harris/Obama enter our Whitehouse ! ! ! Freedom of speech and all we so admired may be destroyed slowly piece by piece before you notice.
    President Trump has been the most patriotic leader who loves this country and its people who should have been reelected for the second time to continue MAGA! May God bless President Trump and the future of the USA ?

  12. Talk about inciting violence. Do a search on Maxine Waters call for violence, also on Obama and other Democrats. MD

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