Donald Trump Jr slams 'deceptively edited' riot clips at impeachment trial, Internet says 'we watched it live'
Trump Jr called the proceedings 'asinine' and added that the trial represented 'faux outrage on a global scale with TV and free air time'
As former President Donald Trump's lawyer called the Democrats' video clips "deceptively edited", his eldest son slammed his father's impeachment trial as "faux outrage". When speaking on Fox News' Hannity show on Tuesday night hours, shortly after the Senate voted to proceed with Trump's trial, Trump Jr called the proceedings "asinine" and added that the trial represented "faux outrage on a global scale with TV and free air time."
During the show, the former president's son said the US experienced "10 months of rioting, looting, arson - in your face type of politics" from the Black Lives Matter protests last year. He argued that his father's speech shortly before his supporters stormed the Capitol was not as extreme as what other politicians have said. "Candidly, whatever my father said on January 6 was mild in comparison," he said, adding, "If you were to take his speech and compare it to literally any stump speech in history, you would not see any deviation."
Addressing the democrats directly, he spoke about apparent hypocrisy. Trump Jr said Democrats' "double standards are insane" and that the Senate should focus on that rather than the "nonsense."
Later on Hannity, Trump's lawyer David Schoen said a video that impeachment managers showed during the trial was aimed at "tricking" Americans into blaming Trump. The 14-minute video inter-cut footage of the riot with Trump's speech that day urging his supporter to "fight." "It's a matter of tricking the American people, to play as if the rioting was going on in real-time with the speech. What's the purpose of that? Why do we want to trick the American people?" Schoen said.
"It's sending a very dangerous and wrong message, and it's a hoax, I'm sorry to say." Schoen added that it was "very easy to stand up and show spliced and manufactured films." He accused Democrats of hiring a big movie company and law firm to craft the video. The Senate voted 56-44 to move forward with Trump's impeachment trial, with only six Republicans joining all 50 Democrats against the former president. Schoen, an Alabama-based civil rights and criminal defense lawyer, had already slammed the video montage as "some sort of bloodsport." Trump's legal team blasted the "unconstitutional and illegal" hearing, saying that Democrats wanted to silence their political rival.
Even Donald Trump Jr claimed that the video was 'deceptive'. "WATCH: @RepLeeZeldin highlights how the House Democrats used a deceptively edited video to make their case during today's impeachment trial," he tweeted.
With his recent comments, Trump Jr has taken Twitter by storm, with many calling him out for making baseless statements. "Don’t be ridiculous. I watched it live! The video is an accurate compilation of the day’s events and you know it!" said a user. "When the former president speaks he rambles on for several minutes at a time before seemingly finishing a sentence. I believe this is deliberately done so that anyone who tries to quote or play audio/video of him essentially NEEDS to edit. We've all heard what was said that day," another added. "No deception, just clear concise footage," one said. "Hey Jr? What was the deception? Did they not storm the capitol? Wait until they charge you Jr. I can’t wait," another tweeted.
Don’t be ridiculous. I watched it live! The video is an accurate compilation of the day’s events and you know it!— Janeal Dame (@janeal_dame) February 10, 2021
Hey Jr? What was the deception? Did they not storm the capitol? Wait until they charge you Jr. I can’t wait— Angry Nurse...🏴☠️ (@shamrockmass) February 10, 2021
When the former president speaks he rambles on for several minutes at a time before seemingly finishing a sentence. I believe this is deliberately done so that anyone who tries to quote or play audio/video of him essentially NEEDS to edit.— JustAnotherManic2020 (@JustAManic2020) February 10, 2021
We've all heard what was said that day.
No deception, just clear concise footage.— Jules (@jannwis) February 10, 2021
During the trial, Schoen showed a video compilation of Democrats calling for Trump’s impeachment since the start of his presidency. The clips showed various Democrats urging for Trump's impeachment, including Maxine Waters, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Elizabeth Warren. Prior to showing the video compilation, Schoen said: "The denial of due process in this case, of course, starts with the House of Representatives. "In this unprecedented snap impeachment process... It is a function of the insatiable lust for impeachment in the House for the past four years, consider this." The disturbing riot videos shown at the start of the trial include a clip of a screaming officer being crushed against a door by the mob storming the Capitol.
Trump fans were also shown breaching the protective barricades of the Capitol as Congress met to count Electoral College votes. Following the shocking montage, Impeachment manager Jamie Raskin said: "That's a high crime and misdemeanor. “If that's not an impeachable offense, then there is no such thing." Raskin later urged the need to "protect the Rule of Law, against the rule of mobs."