Trump’s lawyers argued that politicians, pundits and activists like Madonna and Johnny Depp have been just as guilty of using inflammatory language.
One clip montage his legal team showed interspersed “fight” remarks made by Nancy Pelosi, Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden, with Depp shown asking,
“When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?”
That was from an event in 2017. Depp apologized a few days later, saying that his comment was a “bad joke” and he did not intended to harm anyone.
The inclusion of these two stars came as a confusing surprise. The clip of Madonna came from her Women’s March speech also in 2017. At one point, she said,
“I have thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House, but I know that this won’t change anything. We can’t fall into despair.”
Trump’s lawyers only used the first part of that first sentence in their video, despite the fact that Madonna also apologized and said her words were taken out of context. They were again during the trial.
Trump’s attorney David Schoen also accused the House impeachment managers of selectively editing Trump’s words. Trump said at a rally earlier in the day on Jan. 6, telling supporters,
“We fight like hell and if you don’t fight like hell, you’re not going to have a country anymore.”
The difference is a big one. Nobody actually took violent action against the former president after hearing Depp and Madonna’s statements.
It seems pretty obvious, but then again, Trump’s lawyers were grasping at straws trying to desperately labeling Democrats as hypocrites.
Depp and Madge aren’t the only celebrities who found their way into the trial. House impeachment manager Rep. Stacey Plaskett quoted Run the Jewels a GZA in her remarks on the floor on February 10th. But her usage was more effective because it made an actual point.
Another Trump lawyer, Michael van der Veen, said that the article of impeachment against Trump was a
“blatantly unconstitutional act of political vengeance…
Mr. Trump was elected by the people. He is an elected official. The Supreme Court said elected officials must have the right to freely engage in public speech.”
He called it a “monstrous lie” that Trump encouraged violence and said the impeachment trial was
“constitutional cancel culture.”
Well, at least that was some new material and catchy, if totally untrue.
WATCH: President Trump’s Attorney David Schoen plays video montage of Democrats saying the word “fight.”— CSPAN (@cspan) February 12, 2021
Once it concludes: “You didn’t do anything wrong. It’s a word people use, but please stop the hypocrisy.”
Full #ImpeachmentTrial video here: https://t.co/K1c6PWPhtD pic.twitter.com/QXxF8eapH6