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Rep. Swalwell Makes Point To Distinguish Between Protesters And Rioters

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 10: In this screenshot taken from a congress.gov webcast, Impeachment Manager Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) speaks on the second day of former President Donald Trump's second impeachment trial at the U.S. Capitol on February 10, 2021 in Washington, DC. House impeachment managers will make the case that Trump was “singularly responsible” for the January 6th attack at the U.S. Capitol and he should be convicted and barred from ever holding public office again. (Photo by congress.gov via Getty Images)
Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., emphasized that not all of former President Donald Trump's supporters who showed up at the rally on Jan. 6 engaged in the attack on the U.S. Capitol.

During Day 2 of the Senate impeachment trial, House impeachment manager Rep. Eric Swalwell specifically distinguished between those protesting the Nov. 3 election results and the violent rioters that breached the Capitol building. "I want to be clear: During this trial, when we talk about the violent mob during the attack, we do not mean every American who showed up at [former] President [Donald] Trump's rally," the California Democrat said. "Certain Americans came to protest peacefully, as is their right. That is what makes our country so great — to debate freely, openly and peacefully, our differences," he said. "Just like all of you were attempting to do in this very room on Jan. 6," referencing the Republican senators who raised objections to the election results during the tallying of Electoral College votes. Swalwell stressed that Trump's actions leading up to the insurrection were "wildly different" than anything Republican lawmakers did in raising election concerns. "[Trump] didn't tell his supporters to fight or be strong in a casual reference," Swalwell argued. "He repeatedly, over months, told them to fight for a specific purpose. He told them their victory was stolen, the election was rigged and their patriotic duty was to fight to 'stop the steal.'"And when they were primed and angry and ready to fight, he escalated and channeled their rage with a call to arms: Show up on Jan. 6, at the exact time the votes of the American people were being counted and certified, and then march to the Capitol and 'fight like hell.' " Copyright 2021 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.