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An ‘impeachment’ to Donald Trump made to measure of social networks


Start the impeachment against the former Republican president with a battery of videos of the assault on the Capitol to exploit the ‘online effect’. The defense of the magnate argues that his rally was not incitement to violence but an act of freedom of expression

The Rotunda of the Capitol.
The Rotunda of the Capitol.A. DRAGOREUTERS
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The ‘political trial’ against Donald Trump for his alleged incitement to the assault on the United States Congress, in which 5 people died, on January 6, started yesterday in the most effective way possible: with a 13 minute video of images taken from mobile phones by insurgents.

Nothing better for the era of TikTok, YouTube, Facebook y Twitter. Mobile videos intertwined with statements on television by Republican leaders and with ‘tweets’ from Donald Trump. The president who discovered the power of social networks and exploited them until they vetoed him – precisely as a result of the assault on the Capitol – now sees his rivals take over the online battlefield.

Actually, that’s the only thing that counts. The ‘impeachment’ is not going to go ahead because the vast majority of Republicans are going to vote against it. Almost even the maximum number of support that the initiative will receive can be ventured: 56. That is the number of votes that the proposal to go ahead with the trial received this Tuesday. In total, they were 50 Democrats and 6 Republicans who supported the proposal. The other 44 Republicans voted ‘no’, claiming that the ‘impeachment’ is unconstitutional, given that the objective of that process is to dismiss a senior official – in this case, the president – which cannot be done with Trump, since this he was forced to leave the White House on January 20 after losing to Joe Biden.

In reality, the ‘impeachment’ is applied by acts committed in the exercise of the position, as already happened in 1872, when the former Secretary of War, William Belknap, was subjected to that process for the bribes that he had accepted when he had been in the Government. Furthermore, the ‘impeachment’ could have been held when Trump was still president if the then Senate chief executive, the Republican Mitch McConnell, I would have liked. By postponing the celebration of the ‘impeachment’, McConnell was giving in to Trump, despite the fact that relations between the two have been practically non-existent since, precisely, the assault on the Capitol.

This ‘impeachment’ is quite irrelevant, as shown by the fact that Trump’s successor, Joe Biden, wants the process to take as little time as possible for Congress to pass his new economic stimulus. It is political theater. This time, ‘online’. The consequence is that this procedure, theoretically the maximum example of institutional responsibility of the president of the United States, runs the risk of being, in the eyes of the public, an exercise in political marketing. As the Harvard constitutional expert declared yesterday Lawrence Tribe to EL MUNDO, “the concept of ‘impeachment’ is in danger of being reduced to something irrelevant”.

What seems clear is that the battle of public opinion is being won by the Democrats. His 13-minute video was shocking, because it revealed the tremendous violence of the assailants, their insults, and their attacks on the police, and the words of the former president at the meeting with Congress that preceded the attack.

The video begins with the closing sentence of the Trump rally: “We’re going to go down Pennsylvania Avenue to the Capitol, and we’re going to give Republicans – weak Republicans, because those who are strong don’t need our help – pride. and the audacity they need to retake our country. “

Next, the accusation shows the recordings made with the mobiles by the assailants themselves. Insults of all kinds to the forces of order. The attacks on the police. The slogans of “If there is no Trump, there is no peace!”, chanted by the attackers. And, in an especially dramatic moment, as the mob is smashing a closed door to gain access to a section of the building, the recording of a policeman’s hand with a pistol that opens fire and kills the assailant on the spot. Ashli Babbit, the only person who was killed by a firearm in the attack.

All this, accompanied by a video from McConnell himself stating that “there is nothing that proves a large-scale illegal act that could have changed the outcome of the elections” and images of congressmen being evacuated, and protesters shouting “Pence traidor!”, in reference to the vice president with Trump, Mike Pence, who presided over the session of Congress that day in which Joe Biden’s victory in the November 3 elections was to be ratified.

“If this is not an offense that deserves an ‘impeachment’, there is nothing that is”, declared after concluding the video the head of the indictment, the Democratic representative for Maryland Jamie Raskin. His thesis is that Trunp incited the revolt with the aim of remaining in power despite the fact that he had lost the elections of 3, the recounts he had requested had confirmed that result indisputably, and even his own attorney general – a position equivalent to Minister of Justice in Spain – had confirmed the absence of fraud.

Raskin made an impeccable speech. Quite the opposite of that of Trump’s lawyer, David Schoen, who entertained himself with a long speech, leaden, and without a plot line. This was recognized by the president’s own defenders, as Alan Dershowitz, who was one of his lawyers in the impeachment last year. “He doesn’t have a thesis, I don’t know what he’s doing,” Dershowitz said on the Newsmax website, very close to Trump. But that doesn’t matter. The votes are already decided before the vote is taken, something that will happen, predictably, at the beginning of next week.

Trump’s defense maintains, on the one hand, that the president’s claims in the weeks leading up to the assault were only a exercise your right to freedom of expression, and not an incitement to violence. It is something that the Democrats attacked showing a ‘tweet’ from the president, three hours after the revolt began, in which Trump affirms that “these are things that happen when a sacred electoral victory in which I have devastated is stolen from some greats. patriots who have been treated very badly and very unfairly for a long time. ”

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