“Trump’s lawyers put on a cynical and dishonest defense relying on racist false-equivalency arguments…”
WASHINGTON, DC—In response to arguments presented today by Donald Trump’s defense team, People For the American Way President Ben Jealous released the following statement:
“Today, Donald Trump’s lawyers put on a cynical and dishonest defense relying on racist arguments against Black Congress members and the movement for Black Lives. They hid behind tropes about law and order, as well as specious freedom of speech and constitutionality arguments, to defend his campaign of lies to incite a violent insurrection on January 6. Deceptively cut videos and distorted arguments about law and order and free speech don’t change the facts or the law. As president, Trump incited an insurrection, then failed to act. His incendiary remarks just before the attack, telling his followers to ‘go to the Capitol’ and ‘fight like hell,’ were clearly directed at inciting lawless action. His dissemination of dangerous falsehoods and conspiracy theories riled up a violent mob of his supporters, white supremacists and far-right extremists to the point of attacking police officers, hunting Congress members and their families, and ultimately killing five people. The First Amendment does not shield a U.S. president from accountability for ‘incitement of insurrection against the Republic he swore to protect.’ Senators must convict Trump for his actions or risk a future of ever more sinister threats to our democracy.”
About People For the American Way
People For the American Way is a progressive advocacy organization founded to fight right-wing extremism and build a democratic society that implements the ideals of freedom, equality, opportunity and justice for all. We encourage civic participation, defend fundamental rights, and fight to dismantle systemic barriers to equitable opportunity. Learn more: https://www.pfaw.org.