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.
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."
Ingraham also said she hoped that Trump's defense team "has similar slick production value when they put on their case."
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.
It seems unlikely that Gingrich truly believes what he is saying.
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.