Donald Trump’s impeachment lawyer Bruce Castor pointed out that no Senators are “anxious to have a primary challenge” while defending the former president’s case — saying the quiet part out loud.
Castor was arguing that Trump was telling Jan. 6 rally goers that their representatives and senators have a duty to fight for them, adding that the former president encouraged voters to replace politicians who did not prioritize their constituents.
“Is it possible that his words could have been misunderstood? I suggest to you that is impossible,” Castor said of Trump’s rallying cries, adding, “The House Managers claim is that the President of the United States was telling the audience to get each other to physically fight. But that is not what the president said. The people who should fight, he said, were members of Congress.”
Castor then argued that the president was merely encouraging rally attendees to support challengers in primary elections who promised to fight for their principles.
“He wanted them to support primary challenges,” Castor added. “Now, nobody in this chamber is anxious to have a primary challenge. That is one truism I think I can say with some certainty. But that’s the way we operate in this country. When the people of a state want to change their representatives and their senators, they can use the electoral process. President Trump told his listeners that if their members of Congress wont fight for their views, then go back home and find others that will.”
Presumably unintentionally, Castor implied that Senators were comfortable backing Trump due to the certainty that they would not lose an upcoming election.
Many have accused Republican Senators of continuing to support Trump despite the insurrection due to the fear that they will lose votes if they agree to convict him.
Fox News Contributor Mo Elleithee also suggested that the statement was “a targeted message” to jurors, implying that Castor was reminding them that if they do vote against Trump’s best interest, they may lose their Senate seat in the next election:
This is the threat tRump has held over the Republicans since he ran, he can motivate his Qanon base against them if they displease him. Hugs