Friday marked Day Four of the vindictive impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump, and it featured questions posed by senators for both the House impeachment managers and Trump’s defense attorneys.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), for his part, got right to the heart of the matter and asked whether Vice President Kamala Harris’ sharp political rhetoric would constitute an impeachable offense under the apparent new standard set by Democrats, Breitbart reported.
Should Harris be impeached?
“While violent riots were raging, Kamala Harris said on national TV, ‘They’re not gonna let up, and they should not,'” Cruz said, referring to remarks Harris made about the Black Lives Matter protests and riots during an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert in June.
“And she also raised money to bail out violent rioters,” Cruz continued, this time in reference to a tweet Harris wrote in June that encouraged donations to the Minnesota Freedom Fund which posted bail for rioters arrested in the nationwide unrest that occurred following the death of George Floyd in police custody.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) June 1, 2020
“Using the manager’s proposed standard, is there any coherent way for Donald Trump’s words to be incitement and Kamala Harris’s words not to be incitement?” Cruz asked.
Lead House manager Sen. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) attempted to dodge the question by asserting that he was “not familiar” with the quote from Harris.
Nevertheless, Trump attorney Michael van der Veen pointed out that Harris’ quote was provided to the House manager team, as well as the fact that video of the quote was played before the entirety of the Senate chamber three times earlier that day.
Raskin also said he found it “absolutely unimaginable that Vice President Harris would ever incite violence or encourage or promote violence. Obviously, it’s completely irrelevant to the proceeding at hand, and I will allow her to defend herself.”
Harris’ support for the bail fundraising effort amid the violent and destructive protests last summer came up again Friday when Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), joined by Cruz along with Sens. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) and Roger Marshall (R-KS) simply asked, “Does a politician raising bail for rioters encourage more rioting?”
TRUMP TRIAL: Sens. Lindsey Graham, Ted Cruz, Roger Marshall, and Kevin Cramer, send this question to the desk: “Does a politician raising bail for rioters encourage more rioting?” #TrumpImpeachment pic.twitter.com/0u0xMzUQrW
— Forbes (@Forbes) February 12, 2021
The simple and direct answer from Trump’s defense team — as well as anyone with an ounce of common sense — was “yes.”