December 2, 2021

Impeachment managers argue Trump used Michigan lockdown protests as ‘dress rehearsal’ for Capitol riot

Desperate to convince the Senate — and the American people — that Donald Trump should be convicted on charges of inciting a riot, the House impeachment managers turned to desperate measures on Thursday.

Amid rising confidence that Trump will be acquitted of the charges, lead impeachment manager Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) bizarrely argued that the coronavirus shutdown protests at the Michigan state capitol in early 2020 was a “dress rehearsal” for the January 6th riot. 

Raskin added that the plot to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer was could also be linked to former President Trump’s rhetoric encouraging residents of the states to protest against Whitmer’s draconian restrictions.

“There the pattern is, staring us in the face,” Mr. Raskin said. “Trump knew exactly what he was doing in inciting the January 6th mob. He had just seen how easily his words and actions inspired violence in Michigan. He sent a clear message to his supporters.”

President Trump was highly critical of Whitmer’s leadership throughout the coronavirus pandemic, at one point tweeting “LIBERATE MICHIGAN” which Democrat leaders posit was a call for insurrection. Raskin did not address the fact that Trump also tweeted a call to “liberate” Minnesota and Virginia, two other states with extremely restrictive COVID-19 rules.

Days after Trump’s tweets, a group of Michiganders marched to the state’s capital and entered the Michigan statehouse to peacefully demonstrate against Whitmer’s rules.

In October, Trump’s Department of Justice uncovered a plot to kidnap and potentially execute Whitmer, which Raskin said was a consequence of Trump’s encouragement to protest Whitmer’s leadership.

“The precise consequences of the president’s incitement of violence were revealed to the whole world,” said Raskin on Thursday, “He did not criticize the extremists. He chose to vilify Gov. Whitmer again,” noting that Trump tweeted after the fact that the governor “has done a terrible job.”

“Trump knew exactly what he was doing,” Raskin declared. “He had just seen how easily his words and actions inspired violence in Michigan. He sent a clear message to his supporters. He encouraged planning and conspiracies to take over the Capitol building and threaten public officials who refused to bow down to his political will.”

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Lional R. Munsey (@guest_1131287)
9 months ago

Fools to think the American people buy that info!

Randall Razz Taylor (@guest_1131305)
Reply to  Lional R. Munsey
9 months ago

Amen, and yes fools they are!
“THE FOOL HAS SAID IN HIS ARE THERE US NO GOD”
They act like there’s not but they WILL REAP THE EVIL THEY ARE SOWING!!!

Scot Billingsley (@guest_1131360)
Reply to  Randall Razz Taylor
9 months ago

Is Democrat left their credit every time they get in a bind and they blame Trump for what they’ve done to get the blame off of them. They are horrible lying people. They all need to be removed from office legally. Sad that leftist are getting away with so much push in the blame.

C (@guest_1131410)
Reply to  Randall Razz Taylor
9 months ago

They are beyond evil and corrupt for making up the lies that they do!! True Americans will see through this sham in a heartbeat!!!!

Donna Grota Truitt (@guest_1131433)
Reply to  Randall Razz Taylor
9 months ago

Amen
They forget, it was Trump’s team of investigators that uncovered and stopped the kidnapping. At this point they are so dug in, our words are pearls before swine. At least he drilled down on censorship being unconstitutional!

Leanne Pearson (@guest_1131308)
Reply to  Lional R. Munsey
9 months ago

This article makes me laugh! How stupid do they think the American people are?

TheDragon (@guest_1131320)
Reply to  Leanne Pearson
9 months ago

Extremely stupid !!!!!!

Sammy (@guest_1131338)
Reply to  TheDragon
9 months ago

Absolutely Extremely stupid !!!! the majority of them yes, them . . voted these lawless, immoral demonrats in office, how regretful is that?

David M. (@guest_1131371)
Reply to  TheDragon
9 months ago

Ratskin is a lim-wristed complete and total idiot and waste of human waste.

Chas Herb (@guest_1131339)
Reply to  Leanne Pearson
9 months ago

It is sad how many times we have to say what you did.

Sammy (@guest_1131324)
Reply to  Lional R. Munsey
9 months ago

Demonrats are much more than fools, they are demonized, crazed and EVIL, they do not care what we believe as long as they can get away with their betrayal.

Greenlight (@guest_1131417)
Reply to  Sammy
9 months ago

Let’s be careful about demonizing ALL democrats. There must be one or two good ones out there, somewhere.

Seriously, I am convinced there are shadow players pitting we Americans against each other (in many ways) to bring down our great American experiment in self rule. Some of it is very calculated (like in the education system) and other instances is more in the moment (like social media and rioting).

I am equally convinced that if Americans are fully informed most will make the right decisions good for our country. For that to happen, we must be able to freely talk and debate with each other. Exercise and protect your First Amendment right (free speech) and make sure it stays protected (along with our other rights) with the Second Amendment (right to bear arms).

TallTexan (@guest_1131457)
Reply to  Greenlight
9 months ago

You’re right. There are good Democrats out there. You will find them cemeteries all across America.

Robert Schultz (@guest_1131477)
Reply to  Greenlight
9 months ago

You are right. I know several democrats that arent stark raving lunatics.
The lady rep from Michigan who was a lunatic until she needed hydroxichloroquin and dem gov. wHitler refused it because President Trump had endorsed it. She changed her tune, and was at one time concidering changing political affiliations, Until the dnc savaged her.
Or the guy that is trying to change sides now from Penn, I believe. ( sorry, names are escaping me at the moment.
There are probably millions of center left dems that are just life long party affiliates who are ashamed of what their party has become.
The politicians that control the left now are not dems. They are communists who want to overthrow our country so that they can rule supreme forever.
They couldnt care less about the People that they are destroying. They only want power and money

Lynn (@guest_1131325)
Reply to  Lional R. Munsey
9 months ago

There are many who will, mostly Leftist’s! They want to believe anything negative about Trump! What part of PLANNED FOR DAYS BEFORE the riot don’t people understand? It WASN”T TRUMP that planned it either it was DemonRats who planned it!! Give me a break people! IF YOU DO SOMETHING OWN IT!! That today would be an unusual feat wouldn’t it? When I was being raised we were told if you did it OWN IT! It was YOU! Take RESPONSIBILITY for what you do! NOT TODAY it seems, POINT THE FINGER ANYWHERE but where it should be!

John W Wyssling (@guest_1131352)
Reply to  Lional R. Munsey
9 months ago

As well did Whitmer’s WORDs to defeat the President in his every action. And as Pelosi stated – WORD’s Matter- as we’ve heard from them over and over for the past four + yrs against the President.

Franco (@guest_1131358)
Reply to  Lional R. Munsey
9 months ago

DESPERATION TIME!!!!
This is as BAD as Fredo Cuomo calling out Lindsay Graham
and KEEPING his PIE-HOLE shut tight about his infamous
brother Governor Andrew Cuomo!
The man wrote a book, bragged and received a prize for
his outstanding work on the Corona Virus!
TURNS OUT TO BE ANOTHER FRAUD!
He lied about the numbers!!!!
Fredo!!! How about a few words!

Eddie Price (@guest_1131365)
Reply to  Lional R. Munsey
9 months ago

I know I don’t buy it!! Libs do though! Unfortunately the silencing of conservative views has led to this debacle in the Senate.

JIM (@guest_1131390)
Reply to  Lional R. Munsey
9 months ago

I think every democrat witness should be charged with lying to Congress and unamerican conduct.

JayJay (@guest_1131404)
Reply to  Lional R. Munsey
9 months ago

We do not buy it, but what can we do about it?

C (@guest_1131422)
Reply to  JayJay
9 months ago

Why aren’t these evil lying demonrats put under oath?? They would have been in prison long before now!

John (@guest_1131405)
Reply to  Lional R. Munsey
9 months ago

Isn’t that funny? These fools think the typical American voter is as stupid as those that claim to represent us. They have no idea what the hell they’re doing and just look more and more adolescent every day…..it looks like Middle School.

rm (@guest_1131416)
Reply to  Lional R. Munsey
9 months ago

Any member of Congress participating in that sham impeachment should be impeached, convicted, and removed. Where the hell did those people go to law school? The Constitution defines impeachment for a sitting President, not one who is out of office and a private citizen.

flak (@guest_1131419)
Reply to  Lional R. Munsey
9 months ago

THE LIBERAL IDIOTS THINK THAT ANYONE LIVENG OVER 50 MILES FROM EITHER COAST ARE RED NECKED IDIOTS THAT MUST BE FORCED FORCED TO FOLLOW THEIR LINE

Bobby G (@guest_1131440)
Reply to  Lional R. Munsey
9 months ago

Some are foolish enough to believe it…let’s keep in mind there (supposedly) 80 million who thought Biden was better for the country.

SGT Preston (@guest_1131449)
Reply to  Lional R. Munsey
9 months ago

Apparently the demos are so stupid (dumb) that they expect American citizens to believe the garbage they put out. The demos must think that American citizens are stupid as dirt. Also, apparently, this Raskin seems to have a few screws lose in his “balcony”, if he feels like he can blame President Trump, who has done more to help this country than they ever have.

MB (@guest_1131464)
Reply to  Lional R. Munsey
9 months ago

Nope, only the demonRats and rings do believe it
People are basically fed up with Whitschmear
They are fed up with the impeachment crappo
Fed up with the fraudulent votes
We are not THAT STUPID like the Dc reps think we are
They are deceived, not us
Enuf is enuf
The more we get pushed…there will be a push back like Newsom is now feeling

Bonnie Vroman (@guest_1131292)
9 months ago

Impeachment managers are idiots. We the People are not that stupid to believe any of this. We will dump you all as soon as proof of voter fraud is established. I am sitting here watching all the RATS coming out of the woodwork. GOD is in charge.

Randall Razz Taylor (@guest_1131310)
Reply to  Bonnie Vroman
9 months ago

AMEN Bro!!!!

Randall Razz Taylor (@guest_1131316)
Reply to  Randall Razz Taylor
9 months ago

I mean Sis!!😊

Sarjo (@guest_1131322)
Reply to  Bonnie Vroman
9 months ago

Amen Bonnie!! I totally agree!

Susan (@guest_1131363)
Reply to  Bonnie Vroman
9 months ago

You are so right. The Democrat’s will do anything to stay on top. Pelosi is a drunken slob and Kamila Harris is a washed up white. She got where she is on her knees and back. I have the newspaper article to prove it. At ex speaker Brown at a 60th birthday party that his wife also attended
She was his high end call girl mistress.

Gary Kitchens (@guest_1131427)
Reply to  Susan
9 months ago

I saw the same article, many have not, or Harris most likely would NOT be VP as she is now, they think it’s alright somehow I guess.?

David DiBona (@guest_1131298)
9 months ago

I took the time to detail an answer to another respondent, Clear Concise and to the point, Hit post comment and it dissapeared.
Thanks for the GREAT feed back, and attention to detail you provide your respondents.

Action Jackson (@guest_1131306)
Reply to  David DiBona
9 months ago

couldn’t agree more. happens all the time. Gestapo cleansing

IRENE G (@guest_1131380)
Reply to  Action Jackson
9 months ago

This is all a farce I, for one, am getting sick and tired of all this garbage. Biden should not be President he should be in jail. #1 for dealing with China while in office. #2 A father he is not with what he does/did with his two children. #3 He has dementia does not know what he is signing. As far as I am concerned all the swamp De,mos should be impeached and jailed. They are the ones causing all this trouble.
BRING PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP BACK

Dorothy Wert (@guest_1131300)
9 months ago

Totally lost their ever loving minds, they should have let Trump ride off into the sunset. Instead they have exposed themselves like an emperor without clothes.

Donald J (@guest_1131303)
9 months ago

If anyone buys into this sham from the CP DC Swamp they need their head examined. They are so afraid of a POTUS who put Americans first that they will lie and cheat (it’s a normal reflex for the swamp) and continue to work their propaganda into the empty headed minions who really believe there is a free lunch (and then there is this bridge I have for sale). They want to make sure that their corruption is never challenged in the future.

G. Wilson (@guest_1131340)
Reply to  Donald J
9 months ago

If anyone should be charge for inciting riots and violence, it is the entire Dems that committed that action. Including the FBI document where it was indicated the Dems planned this violence to take place at the WhiteHouse in order to blame our beloved President Donald J. Trump. There is only one way to resolve these actions, and that is to cut off the rattlesnakes heads! Vote all Demos out of office including the RINOS!

Yvonne Coker (@guest_1131370)
Reply to  G. Wilson
9 months ago

You have the best solutions to eliminating the Democrats. They need to be VOTED Out!

Nettie Standiford (@guest_1131307)
9 months ago

When all else fails, the democrats reach too far over their heads for “something, anything” to save them. They’ve stepped in it too deeply this time and they will NOT prevail.

mc (@guest_1131313)
9 months ago

can’t wait to see what trump does next.

Kevin (@guest_1131318)
9 months ago

The people plotting to kidnap the Governor did not vote for Trump nor were they republicans, they were left wing extremest. So going by example Democrats used this to plan the riot at the capital using antifa to make Trump look bad

Edmund Ebbers (@guest_1131323)
9 months ago

The imagination of the Democratic party has gone wild to paranoia. They are rationalizing anything that comes into their pea brain to be an excuse for their own actions and then blame others. They can’t see the forest for the trees. One day it will bite then in the backside!

Edmund

Jacqueline Walker (@guest_1131327)
9 months ago

I cannot get over this travesty against President Trump and those of us who care about this country!!! It is so obvious to me that President Trump had NOTHING to do with that attack!!! If it was a set up, it would NEVER HAVE BEEN BY THE PATRIOTS WHO WERE EXPRESSING THEIR CONCERN FOR THE ELECTION FRAUD RESULTS ONLY, NOT TO DO HARM!!! President Trump has always said and expected for us to follow the Constitution and to Peacefully protest and that is exactly what he was saying in his speech!!!
The Patriots say what we mean and do what we say. This is all there is to it. And, no matter what has been said, this is an unconstitutional event anyway!!! Such hogwash!!!!!
It was sad and horrible, but NOT DONE ON PURPOSE BY OUR FORMER PRESIDENT TRUMP !!!!!

Marcia (@guest_1131330)
9 months ago

You DumboRATS are so desperate to rid this country of the BEST President that you will stupe to the lowest ever and going clear back to the stages of rioting from the death of George Floyd that you continuously lie and expect us to believe you–You lawyers are the stupidest ever–Trumps Attorneys will eat you up and spit you out like dog doo doo

BigggAlt (@guest_1131331)
9 months ago

Not only did the insurrectionists invade the Michigan capitol, but they also planned to kidnap the Governor and murder her. Then their leader drove 8 hours to DC to attack the capitol and Members of Congress. What more could Putin ask. What more could the UnAmerican Digest ask. Beautiful effort to destroy our democracy. Way to go Lional, Bonnie and Clyde-er-David.

Bemused Berserker (@guest_1131335)
9 months ago

Well, let’s see. The group plotting to kidnap and execute Whitmer, were discovered to have an extreme dislike for President Trump as well, and that’s been fairly well documented by investigators. So better try another line of attack there Ratshkin.

Andrew Casler (@guest_1131341)
9 months ago

How do these people even function?

FLAK (@guest_1131423)
Reply to  Andrew Casler
9 months ago

THEY ARE THE ELITE,, HOW DARE YOU QUESTION THEIR ABILITIES

Michele E Ash (@guest_1131343)
9 months ago

If the mindless, want everything for themselves, Democrats, get President Trump impeached, they should impeach OBAMA for everything he pulled while President as well! They should also impeach Palosi for all of her cover-ups and lies she’s been telling. She was on Donald Trump’s butt the very 1st day he took office! Donald Trump told the people to go to the Capitol in a “PEACEFUL PROTEST”, but the dems haven’t even mentioned this!!!!!!!!!

FayeRay (@guest_1131344)
9 months ago

This man is out of his mind, trying anything he can think of to convict Trump It dOES NOT MATTER a bit whether it is lies or made up, he is grabbing at straws cand doing anything an think of.tp get people on his side he is disgusting and a lier, He is a awful hater and
corrupt person.

doodles (@guest_1131345)
9 months ago

As much as I hate this impeachment mess, I wonder if this is God’s plan — let the idiots strut, bellow, and just plain show their “you know what” and reveal their demonic agendas to prove to even more Americans that they are EVIL personified. I am hanging tough for TRUMP.

Dan Gibson (@guest_1131346)
9 months ago

This is just the latest reminder that the Democraps and the Far Left will DO ANYTHING so that they will NOT have to deal with the likes of DONALD J TRUMP ever again. They bring up discoveries and theories in an effort to make TRUMP look like a bad guy … but THEY ARE THE OGRES.

I hope this week’s tactics MISERABLY FAIL, and they fall flat on their face AGAIN !

ed bennett (@guest_1131347)
9 months ago

Of course they think the American people are stupid, They convinced millions of young voters to register to vote for biden and harris, not because they had a good platform, but just to put President Trump out there as a bad person. Look how many misinformed, easily fooled voters cast their ballots for the democratic party of hate. SAD,SAD,Sad,Ed

Howard (@guest_1131425)
Reply to  ed bennett
9 months ago

Ed Bennett, you said it all when you said misinformed, easily fooled voters. And yet, people keep saying we can vote the dems out of office. How do they figure that when it will happen again with the same misinformed, eadily fooled voters??

Steven Pullen (@guest_1131353)
9 months ago

These democrats talk like their actual actions and encouragement to violence in Washington and Wisconsin are irrelevent. Trump never told anyone PR encouraged violence in any way. Several democratic leaders however dod. Even going so far as to bail out perpetrators of violence who were arrested and threatening to defund police. This hypocracy is in your face corruption and insurrection. Why have none of them been charged?

Emma Lou Jones (@guest_1131354)
9 months ago

I agree with these comments. Conservatives still have their “heads” on!

Ottie Messmann (@guest_1131355)
9 months ago

Stupid people say STPID things!! The Democrats are showing their TRUE colors!!!!!!!!!!

Philip (@guest_1131356)
9 months ago

These demorats are demented soulless pieces of matter that come from the south end of a north bound bull. Do they really think the American people are buying this crap?

John W. Cook (@guest_1131357)
9 months ago

Biden/Harris , the Democratic party are a bunch of radical , lying , conniving , bigots , etc , you get the rest of what I’m saying. They are complete morons. How far do they think they can push and destroy America and the people ? Right wing needs to get a grip on what’s going on and step up to the plate and defend themselves and America before the Biden/Harris and those corrupt Democraps can complete their destruction of or America. We can’t wait 2years and for sure definitely not 4 years.

David Hume (@guest_1131359)
9 months ago

What really bothers me is when these repeditive idiots keep saying the same
stupid things over and over again and end it all with the “American people
agree.”!
As of this minute I can think of at least 80 Million “American People.” that
do not beleive in anything you say, you cry Babies.!!What would you do if
you had to face a real enemy from another Country here to take over this
nation or be called to arms to defend America without hesitation.!

Gary Kitchens (@guest_1131361)
9 months ago

So many lies from the Left it’s funny. Trump did nothing to incite a riot. I knew he was referring to the people to vote Democrats out next election, everyone knows this, just a way to lie and cause trouble, scared to death Trump will be back in ‘2024’. They can’t let that happen, but me, come ‘2022’, we will have the upper hand House or the Senate or BOTH..Can’t wait to see that happens.

ir (@guest_1131364)
9 months ago

Since my comments disappear I will unsubscribe you.

Edward Zeller (@guest_1131366)
9 months ago

To everyone here Our President Donald J Trump in addition to giving back his salary every year has put around 2 Billion of his own money to help we the people and to make America great again. There a has got to be a reason why the left has fought so hard to get rid of him permanently. I suggest we find out why. They haven’t seen a revolt yet but they may. If this continues.

Patricia (@guest_1131369)
9 months ago

Oh hog wash! Do any of those people have even a tiny conscience? It is obvious something is in the water in democrat quarters.. something rinos also drink when visiting them for their planning sessions! It is also obvious that we the people are a whole lot smarter than the vast majority in office now. And we use our common sense. Never dreamed our country could be this corrupt. It’s time to right the gross wrong done Nov 3rd before they completely destroy our country!

Gary Kitchens (@guest_1131407)
Reply to  Patricia
9 months ago

This hasn’t started overnight Patricia. It’s been in the makings for years. (NWO) I’m sure you’ve heard of it? Trump was standing in the way, and they had to rid him of doing that. I heard GHWBush use the term, and every POTUS after him used the term except one… TRUMP.. !!! The whole World Leaders are in on it! Ever wonder why the whole World has Covid? It’s been in the plan for many years, media has NEVER mentioned it, that’s all !! What a corrupt World this has turned in to. God is shedding many tears as he sees what his creation has come to. May be a change coming before too long.. it’s in God’s’ hands !!

tuco22 (@guest_1131373)
9 months ago

Does American Digest have fact checkers, too?

tuco22 (@guest_1131375)
9 months ago

Evidently, because my recent previous post didn’t make it. But my comment about fact checkers did. And I didn’t even say anything racist or demeaning to anyone. IR, I guess I’ll have to follow your example.

Gordon Day (@guest_1131377)
9 months ago

I have listened very closely to my President. Being former military I know an order when I hear one. President Trump said nothing about attacking any state or federal buildings. If I had been given that order I would have obeyed. I still have seen no evidence that Trump supporters were any where near the Capital. All this saber rattling is to keep what was on the computers taken by government employees . Also what about the Biden computers? Where has all this evidence gone? Don’t let the left pull the wool over our eyes! Don’t let them infringe on our rights!

Philip e Chapman (@guest_1131379)
9 months ago

when you lie you must keep lying other wise the truth will derail you…..that is what is now happening democrats’ have no bases for an impeachment so lets just lie if you look at the true story what they came they have already done….impeach the impeachers…

Thomas Phillips (@guest_1131385)
9 months ago

The Democrats and media are so incredibly stupid. They are like little liars kids that said he did it, no he did it. When they did it and won’t take blame. They’re sick childish men and women that are not able to run bath water much less a country. We need to impeach Biden and every Democrat in office plus the eleven rinos

norma Lancaster (@guest_1131388)
9 months ago

The Democrats are out of their minds. Any person or group could back in a persons history and snip and clip the parts they want in order make the end result fit their desires. I thought these politicians had some brains but I am wrong. They can’t even patch a quilt of words and pictures to back up their hatred of Trump. Trump is not an insurrectionist but a man who cared for and still does about the US people and the country. Some one could easily go back in a Democratic members life and design a very negative “story” about them and cost them to fail in a future election. This is all about satisfying a evil vendetta about Trump. I hope no other senators have joined Cheney and Rooney and the others to convict Trump. They are a disgrace to their party

Ken (@guest_1131392)
9 months ago

More & more BULL CRAP! Did not expect anything but this BULL!

SUNFLOWER (@guest_1131400)
9 months ago

MY RELIGIOUS FREEDOM was just snuffed out because my comment was just cancelled because I dared to mention G O D in my comment.

David Andrews (@guest_1131430)
9 months ago

I have been watching the “so-called” Impeachment proceedings. Every time a dem spokesman opens his or her mouth, they show their butts! They have gone beyond reason or sanity! They should all be sent to the “Home”!

Debi (@guest_1131431)
9 months ago

The made up witch hunts STILL continue against Trump. Will the commie left EVER quit?

J (@guest_1131437)
9 months ago

OK, SO SAYING CONGRATS TO TRUMPS LAWYERS IS NOT ALLOWED. WIERD, THEY DID DO A AWESOME JOB. SO, WHY WOULD YOU TAKE THAT DOWN?

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