[Impeachment] stopped Trump from further escalation during his final two weeks in office. … Trump’s defense lawyers and his online apologists have suggested what he did was no worse than many Democrats have done in the past, but the trial made it clear that Trump’s post-election misbehavior … was unprecedented.
Trump lost the 2020 election by the same number of electoral votes as Hillary Clinton did in 2016.
- Trump’s 2020 loss came down to 43,000 individual votes across three states [including Wisconsin];
- Clinton’s 2016 loss came down to 78,000 votes across three states. [the same].
Clinton conceded the morning after Election Day. Trump, by contrast, sought to overturn the results. He didn’t merely seek recounts and file lawsuits (as Al Gore did when the election came down to mere hundreds of votes in one state). He spread wild lies and conspiracy theories.
Trump became the first president in history to reject the results of the Electoral College. He then summoned a large crowd to Washington for a “wild” event to pressure Congress to reject the results of the Electoral College on January 6. He stoked the crowd’s anger with more wild lies and conspiracies. He told the crowd his vice president had the sole authority to reject Electoral College votes, and he ordered the vice president to commit this blatantly unconstitutional act.
As one man who was armed with a knife and broke into the Senate chamber later said in a video:
“Once we found out Pence turned on us and that they had stolen the election, like officially, the crowd went crazy.”