Ask yourself: Are those the words of a person who was genuinely “horrified” by what he saw, to quote Trump’s attorneys? To the contrary, in my view, the tweet establishes beyond any real doubt that Trump was pleased at what his supporters had done. He called them “great patriots,” and urged them to “(r)emember this day forever!” Those are unequivocal words of empathy with the mob — even exultation — not regret.
In short, the January 6 tweet proves that the Capitol insurrectionists did exactly as Trump hoped and intended. And the tweet came directly from Trump himself. There can be no claim that his words were twisted or distorted. They’re as clear as the letters that Trump typed into his own Twitter feed.
Prosecutors yearn for evidence like this. It is simply devastating and almost certainly would ensure a conviction if this case were a criminal trial (though, of course, this impeachment trial is a different procedure altogether, guided more by politics than pure merit). And House impeachment managers have done an effective job thus far featuring Trump’s January 6 tweet as decisive proof of his intent.
We’ll soon see whether Trump’s attorneys have any defense to his January 6 tweet. I suspect they won’t, and that they’ll simply ignore it. All things considered, that might be the most prudent course. Because there simply is no credible way to defend against this telling glimpse into Trump’s mind.