NEW YORK — “We fight like hell,” Donald J. Trump told the Save America Rally on Washington’s Ellipse before the January 6 U.S. Capitol riot. “And if you don’t fight like hell, you’re not going to have a country anymore.”
According to Democrat impeachment managers trying the former president, the phrase “fight like hell” is the smoking gun that should propel the Senate to convict Trump of “incitement of insurrection.”
House Democrats invoked that expression 23 times during Wednesday’s arguments, as The Congressional Record indicates. Lead impeachment manager Jamie Raskin of Maryland used “fight like hell” twice in his opening statement against the man he named “the Inciter-in-Chief.” California’s Eric Swalwell said that Trump issued “a call to arms…march to the Capitol and ‘fight like hell.’’’
If these were rare words uttered by Trump and Trump alone, Democrats might have a collective leg on which to stand.
Uh-oh! They just fell over sideways.
–Representative Gil Cisneros of California said last February 26 that Orange County Democrats would have to “recruit and fight like hell” to compete against Republicans.
–Promoting vote-by-mail legislation, Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon told TechCrunch, “We are gonna fight like hell to get our bill in the next COVID-19 package.”
–Senator Chuck Schumer of New York told Hispanic leaders on a May 2 conference call that “Democrats are going to fight like hell” for COVID-19-related government assistance.
–“I — and I know many other senators and members of the House — will fight like hell to make sure we act and act as soon as possible” to secure COVID-19 relief, Senator Bernie Sanders (Socialist – Vermont) told MSNBC’s Chris Hayes on May 8.
–President Joe Biden, then former vice president, said on June 25 that “families all across this nation deserve…a president who would go into the White House and will fight like hell to make sure they get the healthcare they need.”
–“Millions of Americans are counting on us to stand up, right now, and fight like hell to protect the Supreme Court,” Vice-President Kamala Harris, then-senator from California, said September 19, after the death of the late Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
–Senator Richard Blumenthal (D – Connecticut) said that day, “as a matter of principle, I’m going to fight like hell” against any conservative whom President Trump nominated to fill Ginsburg’s Supreme Court seat.
–“Our democracy is at stake in 45 days,” impeachment manager David Cicilline of Rhode Island stated on September 19 via Twitter. “Let’s fight like hell to save it.”
–Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio said on September 23 that he and other Democrats would “fight like hell” against a Brett Kavanaugh-like replacement for Ginsburg.
–Also chiding Republican plans after Ginsburg that day, none other than lead impeachment manager Jamie Raskin said via Twitter: “We must fight like hell to stop this assault on health care and the Constitution.”
–“We are going to fight like hell,” to keep Amy Coney Barrett off the Supreme Court, Senator Blumenthal told journalists on October 13.
–“I want to make sure we’re going to fight like hell by investing in America first,” President-elect Joe Biden said on December 1.
–Announcing Denis McDonough’s nomination as V.A. secretary, Biden said on December 11: “I have given Denis a clear mission: fight like hell — fight like hell — for veterans and their families.”
President Trump should propose this “out of court” settlement: If Democrats drop their incitement charge, he will promise never again to steal their cliché.
Deroy Murdock is a Manhattan-based Fox News Contributor, a contributing editor with National Review Online, and a senior fellow with the London Center for Policy Research. Bucknell University’s Michael Malarkey contributed research to this opinion piece.