(Deroy Murdock, Headline USA) “Fight like hell.”
According to Democrat impeachment managers trying Donald J. Trump, these three words are the smoking gun that should propel the Senate to convict the former president of “incitement of insurrection” before the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot.
House Democrats invoked that phrase 23 times during Wednesday’s arguments, as The Congressional Record indicates.
Lead impeachment manager Jamie Raskin of Maryland used “fight like hell” twice in his opening statement against the man he named “the Inciter-in-Chief.”
California’s Eric Swalwell said that Trump issued “a call to arms … march to the Capitol and ‘fight like hell.’’’
“We fight like hell,” Trump told that afternoon’s Save America Rally on Washington’s Ellipse. “And if you don’t fight like hell, you’re not going to have a country anymore.”
If these were rare words uttered by Trump and Trump alone, Democrats might have a leg on which to stand.
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- Impeachment manager Swalwell told CNN’s Don Lemon on March 18, 2019, “I’ll fight like hell to make sure we see this report” by Robert Mueller on Russiagate.
- Rep. Gil Cisneros, D-Calif., said last Feb. 26 that Orange County Democrats would have to “recruit and fight like hell” to compete against Republicans.
- Promoting vote-by-mail legislation, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., told TechCrunch, “We are gonna fight like hell to get our bill in the next COVID-19 package.”
- Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-NY, told Hispanic leaders on a May 2 conference call that “Democrats are going to fight like hell” for COVID-19-related government assistance.
- “I—and, I know, many other senators and members of the House—will fight like hell to make sure we act and act as soon as possible” to secure COVID-19 relief, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Socialist-Vt., told MSNBC’s Chris Hayes on May 8.
- Schumer said on June 8 that Democrats would “fight like hell” for police reform after the death of George Floyd on May 25.
- “We will file lawsuits, pass legislation in the House & fight like hell,” against alleged GOP voter suppression, impeachment manager Ted Lieu of California declared via Twitter on June 9.
- President Joe Biden, then former vice president, said on June 25 that “families all across this nation deserve…a president who would go into the White House and will fight like hell to make sure they get the healthcare they need.”
- “Millions of Americans are counting on us to stand up, right now, and fight like hell to protect the Supreme Court,” Vice President Kamala Harris, then-senator from California, said Sept. 19, after the death of the late Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
- Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., said on Sept. 19 that, “as a matter of principle, I’m going to fight like hell” against any conservative whom President Trump nominated to fill Ginsburg’s Supreme Court seat.
- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, said on Sept. 23 that he and other Democrats would “fight like hell” against a Brett Kavanaugh-like replacement for Ginsburg.
- That same day, chiding Republican plans after Ginsburg, none other than lead impeachment manager Jamie Raskin said via Twitter: “We must fight like hell to stop this assault on health care and the Constitution.”
- “We are going to fight like hell,” to keep Amy Coney Barrett off the Supreme Court, Sen. Blumenthal told journalists on Oct. 13.
- “I want to make sure we’re going to fight like hell by investing in America first,” soon-to-be President Biden said on Dec. 1.
- Announcing Denis McDonough’s nomination as V.A. secretary, Biden said on Dec. 11: “I have given Denis a clear mission: fight like hell—fight like hell—for veterans and their families.”
President Trump should propose this “out of court” settlement: If Democrats drop their incitement charge, he will promise never again to steal their cliché.
Deroy Murdock is a Manhattan-based Fox News Contributor, a contributing editor with National Review Online, and a senior fellow with the London Center for Policy Research. Bucknell University’s Michael Malarkey contributed research to this opinion piece.