In their presentation to the Senate ahead of a vote on whether to convict Donald Trump for allegedly inciting an insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, Democrats hounded on the fact that the former president had pressed his supporters to “fight like hell” in the days and hours leading up to the deadly riot.
But as the New York Post reports, it isn’t just Trump who’s used that kind of rhetoric.
“For liberal Democracy”
It was the Save America PAC’s “Trump War Room” that first published the flashbacks on Wednesday, the Post reported. Among those caught in the crossfire was the House’s lead impeachment manager, Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD).
In speeches, statements, and tweets, Raskin used the terms “fight” or “fight like hell” no less than four times, including once after the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
“The GOP rush to replace Justice Ginsburg is all about destroying the Affordable Care Act, women’s health care and reproductive freedom, and the voting rights and civil rights of the people,” he wrote, as the Post reported. “We must fight like hell to stop this assault on health care and the Constitution.”
Raskin used similar phrasing in another tweet in 2017: “We’ve got to wake up every day and fight like hell for liberal democracy, not just in Maryland, not just in the United States, but all over the world,” he said.
“Take back Congress”
Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA), another House impeachment manager, was also named in the Post‘s report. In 2017, he put his own spin on Michelle Obama’s famous mantra, writing:
I like that. But I like better, “when they go low, we fight back.”
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) November 12, 2017
What’s more, Joe Neguse (D-CO), another House impeachment manager, said in 2018 that he was “truly humbled to have the support of such a fearless leader as we fight to take back Congress,” the Post reported.
“Fight like hell”
Even President Joe Biden isn’t immune. A tweet from Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee reminded that then-presidential candidate Biden had said in May 2020 that he’d spent his “whole career fighting — and I will continue to fight like hell.”
— House Judiciary GOP (@JudiciaryGOP) February 10, 2021
If Democrats are really trying to make the case that these words amounted to incitement on the part of the former president, they may want to take a look in the mirror first.