Trump Trial: Democrats Raise Role of Racism in Riot


The impeachment managers opened their argument for convicting former President Donald J. Trump on Wednesday with a blunt cost that the pro-Trump mob chargeable for storming the Capitol was, in half, motivated by racism.

Representative Jamie Raskin, the Maryland Democrat main the prosecution on behalf of House Democrats, concluded his opening remarks on the second day of Mr. Trump’s impeachment trial in the Senate by invoking the position performed by rioters linked to white supremacist teams.

On the day of the assaults, Jan. 6, some of the rioters brandished Confederate flags contained in the Capitol, one thing that by no means occurred throughout the Civil War period, whereas some demonstrators outdoors the constructing arrange a noose, a chilling echo of the intimidation techniques used towards Blacks in the South.

And Mr. Raskin, as he did a day earlier, cast his assertion in deeply personal phrases.

He quoted one of the Black officers who battled the mob that day describing his despair at being subjected to racist taunts from a crowd of attackers that was, in accordance with witness accounts and video, overwhelmingly white.