As President Trump faces his second impeachment trial for his role in inciting the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol, powerful Republicans are doing everything they can to alleviate him of blame.
Some, like Senate Republicans, claim that impeaching a former President is unconstitutional without actually defending Trump's actions.
Others, like Fox News's Laura Ingraham and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, took things a step further.
During a recent edition of Ingraham's show, Gingrich claimed that Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, two of the mob's potential targets, should be the people on trial instead of President Trump.
Gingrich and Laura Ingraham tried their clumsy best to dismiss video evidence against Trump in the impeachment tria… https://t.co/CBblLFLCUr— HuffPost (@HuffPost)1613050917.0
Encouraged by Ingraham, Gingrich commented that Pelosi and Schumer, upholding the votes of the people, were the true threat to democracy.
"Donald Trump is a mortal threat to the entire world of the left. He is such a deep threat that anything they to do stop him is by definition legitimate. This whole thing is a tragic, pathetic joke, which undermines the United States."
"This is a mock trial in which the party of Hollywood has put together a series of films designed to make us so upset, that we have to have somebody to be upset at ― and they're saying Donald Trump's the right person ... You could make a much better case that Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer and others deserve to be the people on trial ― not Donald Trump."
@HuffPost Unless you need expertise on the Belgian Congo, you should never, ever book Newt Gingrich as a guest on a political talk show.— Spartan307 (@Spartan307)1613051524.0
@HuffPost A portion of Trump’s defense will be “both sides” engage in inciteful rhetoric. Newt and Fox probably lay… https://t.co/ariOCeSCXq— Rob Mosbacher (@Rob Mosbacher)1613053646.0
@HuffPost He so so damn dangerous— Lisa alexander (@Lisa alexander)1613051014.0
Ingraham also said she hoped that Trump's defense team "has similar slick production value when they put on their case."
@HuffPost Consider the sources, seriously— GulfVet65 (@GulfVet65)1613051457.0
@HuffPost https://t.co/EH2bLw3XYh— นาย อัศวิน 5555 (@นาย อัศวิน 5555)1613051081.0
We need to seriously question Newt’s sanity https://t.co/RvOuxVH922— Gary Swergold MD, PhD (@Gary Swergold MD, PhD)1613062210.0
Gingrich has been a divisive figure in politics since the 90's, when he laid the groundwork for many of the political tactics used by Donald Trump and modern-day Republicans.
Ever wonder how Germany fell under the spell of the Nazi’s? This is how https://t.co/RvOuxVH922— Gary Swergold MD, PhD (@Gary Swergold MD, PhD)1613062585.0
Moron https://t.co/J2WmrgI2PQ— Jon Andreasen (@Jon Andreasen)1613067317.0
To call the trial a "pathetic joke" and the video "slick production values" tells you all you need to know about th… https://t.co/wN662EBCwk— Katherine ~Requiescat In Pace RBG~ Lopez (@Katherine ~Requiescat In Pace RBG~ Lopez)1613052882.0
It's one thing to try and absolve Donald Trump of blame, but Twitter couldn't believe anyone would attempt to pin the January 6 insurrection on the people the rioters came to attack.
Another idiot who will not be pleased until people riot in the streets, a civil war. You should be charged with spe… https://t.co/0cFYZ78dIe— Robert (@Robert)1613079418.0
The demise of the GOP has been decades in the making & Gingrich paved the way for Trump #resist #impeach https://t.co/BWMde5e1vy— James Nelson (@James Nelson)1613052784.0
It seems unlikely that Gingrich truly believes what he is saying.
Paid hacks say anything. https://t.co/w2u5kSSy65— James Healy (@James Healy)1613103896.0
@HuffPostPol People like Newt know better. The Republicans know better. They will sell their souls for power.— The "J" Beat (@The "J" Beat)1613058032.0
No matter who Newt Gingrich wants to be on trial, President Trump's impeachment hearings are set to conclude in the coming days, with a two-thirds majority vote required to convict him and a simple majority required afterward to bar him from future office.