Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan belittled congressional Democrats desire to put former President Donald Trump on trial and President Joe Biden’s purported call for unity, telling Newsmax TV on Monday “how do you unify when you’re trying to impeach a president that’s already left?”
Jordan, 56, said on “Spicer & Co.” that while he will not be on the Senate floor in a formal role in the defense of Trump, he will be in the public forum making the case.
“The Democrats have been trying to remove President Trump from office before he got there, now they’re trying to remove him after he left,” said Jordan, who in November won an eighth term to represent Ohio’s 4th Congressional District north and west of Columbus and Cleveland.
“I liked a few of the things that President Biden said last week in his inaugural (address) about unifying, but how do you unify when you’re trying to impeach a president that’s already left? How do you unify when you impeach a president with no due process? How do you unify when you have the cancel culture trying to prevent 75 million people from even speaking, from even exercising their First Amendment liberties and having a real debate in this country?”
Jordan previewed what likely will be part of any defense, suggesting that Trump could not be convicted since the breach of the U.S. Capitol already was occurring before he finished his speech to rally attendees.
“How do you incite a riot that was already planned?” Jordan asked rhetorically. “How do incite a riot that when the breach happened before the president completed his speech? How do you incite a riot when the president said ‘peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard?’ This is ridiculous.
“So you have the lack of due process, the fact that he’s left office, and the fact that he was engaged in constitutionally protected speech, and specifically told rally-goers, ‘peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard,’ which is what you’re supposed to do in this great country. That is First Amendment liberties. That is basic freedom. So this whole case is ridiculous.”