Progressive pundits and mainstream media sources have faced allegations for more than four years that they had mischaracterized or otherwise taken out of context various statements made by former President Donald Trump.
That pattern continues through the second Senate trial against Trump, as evidenced in video evidence being put forward by Democratic House impeachment managers.
Important context missing
The Post Millenial reported that footage of a Jan. 6 riot on Capitol Hill uses what critics say is deceptive editing tricks in an apparent effort to link Trump’s politically charged rhetoric earlier in the day with the subsequent illegal acts committed by his supporters.
Juxtaposing snippets of Trump’s rally with clips of violent confrontations at the Capitol building, House managers attempted to convince senators in both parties that the then-president was responsible for inciting what they refer to as an insurrection.
Of course, the video ignores a few inconvenient facts — including the point in Trump’s speech at which he urged attendees to “peacefully and patriotically” protest the election results as part of a planned protest on Capitol Hill.
Donald Trump Jr. responded by sharing a video in which Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) “highlights how the House Democrats used a deceptively edited video to make their case” during the trial.
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) February 10, 2021
“That’s actually been disproven by now”
For his part, Zeldin pointed out the notable absence of pertinent information, adding that Democrats also failed to mention relevant facts related to an FBI determination that the potential for violent unrest was in the making prior to Trump’s remarks.
“They’re basing this primarily on the argument that the president gave a speech that day that incited a riot, and in so many ways, that’s actually been disproven by now,” the New York Republican said. “If you’re going to start playing the video on what the president said, how do you cut it out right at the point where the president is telling his supporters to do so peacefully and patriotically?”
Former Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) took the criticism a step further, tweeting that the video might even constitute a violation of new House rules approved a little over a month ago.
He quoted page 34 of the rules package, which prohibits the “dissemination of manipulated media” and states that members of Congress “may be subject to discipline” for violating the rule “with the intent to mislead the public.”
Trump attorney Bruce Castor indicated prior to the commencement of the trial that he was prepared to respond in kind with video evidence of incendiary remarks made by Democrats, stating: “Many of them in Washington are using really the most inflammatory rhetoric possible to use. And certainly there would be no suggestion that they did anything to incite any of the actions.”