MSNBC host Chuck Todd on Thursday fact-checked Rep. Nancy Mace’s (R-S.C.) reasoning for not convicting former President Donald Trump on the finish of his ongoing Senate impeachment trial.
Mace repeatedly argued it will be “unconstitutional” to take action as a result of “impeaching a president who’s no longer president has never been done in this country.”
But that doesn’t matter: Trump was president when he was impeached by the House of Representatives on Jan. 13. Democrats at the moment are searching for to convict him on a single cost of incitement of revolt, barring him from holding future workplace.
On Tuesday, the Senate voted 56-44 that the trial was constitutional and will proceed.
“You keep saying that. Congresswoman, that is not the fact of the case. He was president of the United States when he was impeached. He is an impeached president even if he’s convicted,” Todd informed his visitor.
“The constitutionality question has also been answered by the U.S. Senate,” he added. “Because our Constitution says the following: The U.S. Senate handles all impeachment trials, and it is up to them. And they have said this is constitutional, so, I know it’s your opinion that it is not. But now that it has been deemed constitutional, and he has been impeached, what do you do?”
“Well, if prosecutors do believe that he incited an attack on the Capitol,” Mace replied, “there’s a criminal court where they can file charges in this instance, would be another option.”
Earlier within the phase, Mace mentioned she was dropped at her knees by footage proven on the trial Wednesday of the harrowing occasions of Jan. 6, when a mob of violent pro-Trump extremists swarmed the Capitol searching for to overturn the outcomes of the election and harm lawmakers.
“I felt physically ill, I cried when I watched it.” she mentioned. She agreed that “rhetoric does have consequences” and might result in violence, citing alleged threats she acquired from voters on either side of the aisle.
“These are really trying and divisive times,” she mentioned. “We have to be accountable for our words.”
But when requested about Trump’s position in inciting the violence, Mace mentioned she voted towards his impeachment final month as a result of it “eliminated due process” and would set a nasty precedent.
Mace, who was sworn in final month, made headlines final week when she accused Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) of mendacity when the New York congresswoman publicly recounted her expertise throughout the Capitol siege.
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