'He said it and they did it' - Rep. Neguse

Democrats making the case for Donald Trump's conviction in his Senate impeachment trial on a charge of inciting the deadly U.S. Capitol attack said on Thursday the former president knew exactly what he was doing when he summoned supporters to Washington on Jan. 6.

The Democratic-led House on Jan. 13 charged the Republican former president with inciting an insurrection. Trump's term ended on Jan. 20.

Video Transcript

JOE NEGUSE: You may remember at the outset of this trial, and I told you you'd hear three phrases over and over and over again-- the big lie that the election had been stolen, stop the steal and never concede, and fight like hell to stop that steal. You heard those phrases throughout the course of this trial, video after video, statement after statement, telling his supporters that they should be patriots, to fight hard to stop the steal.

And on that day, that day, where did he direct the crowd's ire? He directed them here to Congress. He quite literally, at one part of that speech, pointed at us. He told them to fight like hell, and if you don't fight like hell, you're not going to have a country anymore.

He told them-- quote is on the screen-- "when you catch somebody in a fraud, you're allowed to go by very different rules." His message was crystal clear. And it was understood immediately, instantly, by his followers.

And we don't have to guess. We don't have to guess as to how they reacted. We can look at how people reacted to what he said. You saw them, and you saw the violence. It's pretty simple. He said it, and they did it.

You heard Manager Cicilline describe reports the president was delighted, enthusiastic, confused that others didn't share his excitement as he watched the attack unfold on TV. He cared more about pressing his efforts to overturn the election than he did about saving lives-- our lives.