During today’s proceedings, House impeachment managers are arguing that the results of former President Trump’s second trial will send a signal likely felt around the globe.
“What message will we send the rest of the world?” asked House impeachment manager Rep. Joaquin Castro during his presentation on the Senate floor.
Pointing to various media reports, Castro noted that adversaries of the US — including China and Iran — have latched on to the events of Jan. 6, citing them as an example of vulnerability.
“For America’s adversaries, there was no greater proof of the fallibility of Western democracy than the site of the US Capitol shrouded in smoke and besieged by a mob whipped up by their unwillingly outgoing president,” Castro read from a news headline.
US allies, meanwhile, have shown support for America amid the turmoil, placing even greater importance on the result of Trump’s second impeachment trial.
“Following the insurrection on January 6th, even our allies are speaking up,” said Castro, pointing to our neighbors to the north.
“Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said, ‘what we witnessed was an assault on democracy by violent rioters incited by the current president and other politicians,'” read Castro, continuing Trudeau’s statement:
“‘As shocking, deeply disturbing, and frankly saddening as that event remains, we have also seen this week that democracy is resilient in America, our closest ally and neighbor.'”
Castro concluded his message on global perspective by commenting further on the lifeblood and framework of American democracy.
“The world is watching and wondering whether we are who we say we are,” Castro said. “Because other countries have known chaos, our Constitution has helped keep order in America. This is why we have a constitution. We must stand up for the rule of law because the rule of law doesn’t just stand up by itself.”
“This trial is an opportunity to respond and to send a message back to the world. I say this as somebody who loves my country, our country, just as all of you do,” Castro continued, speaking to the senators in the room.
Watch the moment: