As Democrats proceed with the Senate impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump after the House of Representatives charged him with “inciting an insurrection,” a number of high-profile GOP members of Congress have come out in Trump’s defense.
One of those people is Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), who made clear on a Monday appearance on Fox News that the former president will undoubtedly escape yet another attempt at a Democrat-led conviction, proclaiming that Trump is “simply not guilty,” according to the Post Millennial.
The House impeachment managers played a harrowing video that went through the timeline of Trump’s speech prior to the January 6 Capitol riots in what many suggested was a clear attempt at hyping up emotion for those in attendance at the trial.
While the video was compelling, Scott recounted his own experience during the Capitol riots, describing where he was located as the rioters breached the entrance to the Capitol Building and eventually made their way through the hallways while breaking into various offices.
“I was in the chamber when the rioters were coming over,” Scott said. “I was taking my jacket off, my tie off. I was rolling up my sleeves just in case I had to fight. The chances of me understanding and appreciating the severity of the situation is 100 percent.”
Scott then took a common-sense approach regarding the debate on who is ultimately responsible for the deadly and destructive events of that infamous day in American history.
“The one person I don’t blame for that situation is President Trump. I don’t blame the non-violent protestors outside. I blame the individuals coming in the chamber, coming in the building,” Scott said.
According to ABC News, six Republican senators voted alongside Democrats in a vote to determine whether or not the Senate impeachment trial is constitutional. Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) marked the sixth Republican to break from the party on the vote.