Reflecting on the long-term effect of former President Donald Trump‘s second impeachment procedure, Virgin Islands House Delegate Stacey Plaskett highlighted the emotional impact of seeing Black women’s images used during the trial.
Plaskett’s observation came after Trump’s defense attorneys accused Democrats of hypocrisy over their support of last summer’s protests for racial justice, NPR reported. The attorneys, who were aiming to absolve the former president after he was accused of inciting the Jan. 6 insurrection, played video footage from last year’s Black Lives Matter protests, focusing on the rare instances of violence and looting that occurred during the demonstrations.
“The defense council put a lot of videos out in their defense, playing clip after clip of Black women talking about fighting for a cause or an issue or a policy. It was not lost on me as so many of them were people of color, and women, Black women. Black women like myself who are sick and tired of being sick and tired for our children, your children,” Plaskett said.
The lawyers’ argument was an extension of Trump’s longstanding disdain for the Black Lives Matter movement, which he continually criticized last year as demonstrators demanded justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and many more Black people killed by police.
“This summer things happened that were violent, but there were also things that gave some of us Black women great comfort. Seeing Amish people from Pennsylvania standing up with us, members of Congress fighting up with us,” Plaskett said. “And so I thought we were past that. I think maybe we’re not.”
Although she wasn’t allowed to vote in the House as the delegate for the Virgin Islands, Plaskett was among those who demanded the Senate to convict Trump on the count of inciting the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riot, as Blavity previously reported.
“The violence — it was foreseeable. The violence that occurred on Jan. 6, like the attack itself, did not just appear,” Plaskett said during the hearing. “You’ll see that Donald Trump knew the people he was inciting. He saw the violence that they were capable of and he had a pattern and practice of praising and encouraging that violence, never, ever condemning it.”