Former President Donald Trump is facing yet another upcoming impeachment trial in the U.S. Senate, with Majority Leader Chuck Schumer leading the way in pushing the narrative that Trump “incited” the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
According to the New York Post, in an attempt to make his case against Trump in a speech on the Senate floor this week, Schumer apparently had a difficult time expressing his words, as he substituted the word “erection” for “insurrection.”
“Make no mistake…”
Schumer, who isn’t known for his gaffes — at least not at the level of President Joe Biden — won’t have an easy time living this one down.
“Make no mistake, there will be a trial and when that trial ends, senators will have to decide if they believe Donald John Trump incited the erection against the United States,” Schumer said.
WATCH: Chuck Schumer accuses Donald Trump of inciting an “erection” pic.twitter.com/IQqKmAYG8e
— Jon Levine (@LevineJonathan) January 22, 2021
Schumer immediately corrected himself after the slip-up, but the damage had already been done.
Video clips of the awkward moment were immediately uploaded to every social media platform.
Schumer did announce on Friday that opening arguments for Trump’s impeachment trial would begin on Feb. 8, according to The Associated Press.
The two-week delay before the trial gives Trump an extended period of time to assemble his legal team and decide how they’ll approach the matter but it will also allow Biden and his administration to push several Cabinet hearings and confirmations through before the political divide widens even further.
Schumer pushed back on the idea that going through with an impeachment trial would put in jeopardy the idea that Democrats want “unity” for the country.
“We all want to put this awful chapter in our nation’s history behind us,” Schumer said. “But healing and unity will only come if there is truth and accountability. And that is what this trial will provide.”
Moving forward, all eyes are on a handful of moderate and historically anti-Trump Senate Republicans — like Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) — to see whether or not they lean toward convicting a Republican president who is no longer in office.