Cruz: Did Kamala Harris incited riots from Black Lives Matter protests? Things are about to get interesting.

WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. Senate voted 57-43 on Saturday to acquit former President Donald Trump on the article of impeachment for “incitement of insurrection” in regards to the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol building.

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) said:

“The Senate judges that the respondent Donald John Trump, former president of the United States is NOT guilty as charged in the article of impeachment.”

During the Senate impeachment trial of Trump, words were the center of attention.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) asked if language Vice President Kamala Harris used in 2020 regarding Black Lives Matter protests was considered incitement based on the impeachment managers’ “proposed standard” for incitement.

Cruz pointed out that when destructive riots exploded in several U.S. cities last year, Harris encouraged their continuation:

“While violent riots were raging, Kamala Harris said on national TV, ‘They’re not gonna let up, and they should not.’” 

Last summer, on Stephen Colbert’s “A Late Show,” when Colbert mentioned that “protests” were still ongoing, a smiling Harris nodded in the affirmative and said:

“But they’re not gonna stop. They’re not gonna stop. And that’s – they’re not – this is a movement, I’m telling you. They’re not gonna stop.

“And everyone beware, because they’re not gonna stop….

“They’re not gonna stop before Election Day in November, and they’re not gonna stop after Election Day.

“And that should be — everyone should take note of that on both levels — that they’re not gonna let up. And they should not. And we should not.”

Several riots were sparked by the death of George Floyd last May, resulting in arson, vandalism, looting, attacks against civilians and police officers, injuries and death over several months in 2020.

Cruz then mentioned Harris’ support of the Minnesota Freedom Fund (MFF), which she touted to her Facebook and Twitter followers last June:

“And she also raised money to bail out violent rioters.”

The MFF posts bail for detained individuals. The fund received a huge surge in donations amid last year’s protests and promoted its mission as many arrests were being made of those who went beyond “peaceful protesting.”

Although Harris asked her followers to “help post bail for those protesting,” the fund’s website states that it does “not make determinations of bail support based on the crimes that individuals are alleged to have committed.”

As a result, funds were used to bail individuals accused of egregious crimes. Daily Caller reported that last year, the MFF posted bail for a father accused of molesting his teenage daughter; a man accused of sexually assaulting his teenage niece; a man accused of sexually assaulting an 8-year-old; and a woman accused of stabbing her aunt.

Cruz then questioned the standard set by impeachment managers:

“Using the manager’s proposed standard, is there any coherent way for Donald Trump’s words to be incitement and Kamala Harris’ words not to be incitement?”

Lead House impeachment manager Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) responded by pleading ignorance on the chamber floor and saying he was “not familiar” with the quote from Harris that Cruz had referenced.

However, Trump attorney Michael T. van der Veek rejected that notion during his own response to Cruz, saying his team had given video to the House’s team of Harris’ quote and that they had played the video three times that same day.

After denying awareness of Harris’ quote, Raskin seemed to suggest it was a conspiracy theory because he found it “absolutely unimaginable that Vice President Harris would ever incite violence or encourage or promote violence.”

Raskin then tried to deflect attention away from Harris, saying:

“Obviously, it’s completely irrelevant to the proceeding at hand, and I will allow her to defend herself.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) later followed up with a simple question on behalf of himself, Cruz, Sen. Roger Marshall (R-KS) and Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-ND):

“Does a politician raising bail for rioters encourage more rioting?”

A representative from Trump’s legal team replied, “Yes.”

Trump told a crowd of people on Jan. 6 to “fight like hell” and to do it “peacefully and patriotically.” Democrats have been hesitant to repeat the phrase “peacefully and patriotically.”

They have also been hesitant in holding other politicians responsible for their fiery rhetoric, including President Joe Biden.

Democrats have specifically focused on Trump’s Jan. 6 use of the phrase “fight like hell” in a speech prior to the incursion into the Capitol. However, one could argue Biden himself has invited violence against others, including elected officials.

Biden has a long history of challenging people to fights and embracing the idea of violence against political opponents.

In October of 2016, Biden was campaigning for then-Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in Pennsylvania when he suggested he’d like to assault Trump “behind the gym,” Buzzfeed News reported:

“The press always ask me, don’t I wish I were debating him. No, I wish we were in high school. I could take him behind the gym. That’s what I wish.”

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In March of 2018, Biden told a crowd at the University of Miami in Florida that he wanted to “beat the hell” out of Trump:

“When a guy who ended up becoming our national leader said, ‘I can grab a woman anywhere and she likes it,’ they asked me would I like to debate this gentleman, and I said ‘no.’ I said, ‘If we were in high school, I’d take him behind the gym and beat the hell out of him.’”

In the fall of 2018, Biden mentioned on the North Dakota-based radio show “News & Views with Joel Heitkamp” that he’d like to give Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) a “high threshold of pain.”

Then a few hours later at a rally for Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) in Fargo, Biden suggested that a trade union president beat up Cramer:

“Well, I get that president of the trade union is up here and he’ll show [Cramer] a threshold of pain.”

In March of 2020, Biden was campaigning at a Fiat Chrysler assembly plant in Michigan when he got into an argument with Jerry Wayne, an autoworker who was concerned about gun control.

When Wayne expressed concerns about Biden’s gun control plans, the presidential candidate yelled at him, “You’re full of shit!”

Then, after mistakenly referring to the AR-15 rifle as an “AR-14,” Biden put a finger in the man’s face and threatened and insulted him, saying:

“You want to go outside with me?”

 When Wayne pointed out that Biden works for him, Joe yelled back:

“I’m not working for you. Give me a break, man. Don’t be such a horse’s ass.”

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