Why Evidence Matters

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been quoted to say, “I think that there’s a lot of people more concerned about being precisely, factually, and semantically correct than about being morally right.” It is a sentiment that is echoed when it is convenient, particularly in the second impeachment trial of former president Donald Trump.

The general sentiment of the trial is that Trump “incited” an insurrection by repeating over and over that the election was stolen, that he had really won, and that massive voter fraud had occurred. This, of course, is not the case per se… There is a publication that a well-funded and well-connected “cabal” had “fortified” the election results. But the idea was that Trump’s rhetoric had raised the temperature to where things boiled over. To that extent, I actually agree. But that was present on both sides. The rhetoric has been dialed up to eleven for months now. The movement of big tech companies with similar views as the Biden administration to silence voices that disagree with them, on both the conservative and progressive sides, has escalated tensions further.

During the “trial,” the impeachment managers used edited video, conveniently left out the words “peacefully” and “patriotically.” Per Newsweek, “The compilation of footage from that day shows rioters overwhelming barricades, police and the Capitol Building, even as Trump’s speech is occurring. But the clip tweeted by RSBN that shows Trump saying, ‘I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol Building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard today.'” Newsweek rated the claim that the impeachment video was edited to remove Trump’s call for peace before riot true. But it doesn’t end with an edited video. Eric Swalwell used a Photoshopped Tweet during the trial. Per the Gateway Pundit, the impeachment manager included two tweets from what was purported to be a verified Twitter user by the name of Jennifer Lynn Lawrence.

from thegatewaypundit.com

The only problem with this is that Jennifer Lynn Lawrence is not a verified Twitter user.

from thegatewaypundit.com

I understand to a certain extent, the emotion that the impeachment managers were trying to invoke by paralleling Trump’s tweets and the sentiments of some of his supporters with the events of the capital riot. But to travel down the road of trying to fluff your evidence by manipulation both undermines your credibility and invites reciprocation. It also calls into questions other actions that you would take, tainting the motivations for doing what they could possibly believe that are the “right thing.” Things like continued censorship through their proxies in Big Tech, the pandering coverage by corporate media, and the introduction of pieces of legislation like HR 127, it leads one to wonder if what they’re doing isn’t simply a play for power.

The problem isn’t even them doing it. They wanted to paint a picture and tell a story. They failed to provide the evidence that Trump met the legal definition of incitement. The process worked. The same way that the process worked to bring Biden into the White House, worked to ensure that Trump was acquitted. The problem is that this is the standard they wish to hold for anyone but themselves, and that the principles of due process and presumption of innocence will be destroyed if you aren’t a member of the party.

The Democrats don’t care about the working people. They mistook the rejection of Trump as a justification for launching a campaign to cement their power at the federal level. They are operating under the notion that they have a manifest destiny to enact policies that will harm the very people that were suckered into believing them. They, and their allies in Big Tech, see you as a means to an end, not an end in and of itself. And once you are no longer useful (think BLM or union workers), you will be cast aside.

By Patrick Woodland

I write about the things that have impact on me.

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