Booker: We Don’t Need More Evidence That ‘Trump Violated His Oath of Office’
'This is a president that knows how to tell people to stop'
Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) said of the Senate impeachment of Donald Trump that no more evidence was needed to prove Trump "violated his oath of office.”
During CNN’s “New Day,” Booker said Democrats had all they needed to impeach Trump.
Booker said that Trump’s rally and his “prolific tweeting,” and then subsequent silence as his followers hunted Mike Pence and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was part of his instructions to incite a riot.
“They literally were saying they were taking direction from him," Booker said.
"They were reading his tweet publicly out to other rioters as they chanted, ‘Hang Mike Pence,” Booker stated.
“I do not understand how you cannot look [at] this prolific tweeting that went on and then the silence afterward,” he added.
“This is a president that knows how to tell people to stop."
"I don’t know how you can’t look at the fact that it was well known that the riotous, murderous mob was in the Capitol for an hour plus, and then the two things you hear from the president is one, him replaying his own speech on Twitter and then telling the mob that Mike Pence had failed them," he added.
Sen. @CoryBooker: "I think it is clear that but for the actions of [Trump], we would not have had the murderous mob overtake the Capitol, hunt the vice president, hunt the Speaker of the House. They literally were saying they were taking direction from him." pic.twitter.com/cIbz5bVeUt— New Day (@NewDay) February 11, 2021
"It is hard to even venture to say that the commander-in-chief who swore an oath to protect this sacred space did not fail in his duty, did not betray that oath."
"We do not need more evidence, in my opinion, to come to a conclusion that … Donald Trump violated his oath of office."
But U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan pointed out that Democrats were ignoring the fact that Trump called for his supporters to "peacefully and patriotically make their voices heard.
"The one line from the president’s speech that wasn’t in the Democrats’ video is the line that’s most important, and that’s where the president said, ‘Peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard,’" Jordan said.
"They left that out, which I think kind of shows where the Democrats want to go with this and what they’ve been up to," Jordan added.
Meanwhile, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) blasted the Democrats for being "obsessed" with President Donald Trump.
The Republican senator slammed the Senate impeachment trial for being fueled by the Democratic Party's "hatred."Cruz said that Trump's second impeachment trial is a "mistake" and "doomed to failure."
"It is reminiscent of Shakespeare that it is full of sound and fury and yet signifying nothing."
"I think are you going to see a lot of partisan table pounding."
"You’re going to see a lot of effort to pull on emotion."