Tears on the Senate floor have not necessarily moved the American people, Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., said Wednesday on Newsmax TV.
Democrat lawmakers delivered emotional presentations on both Tuesday and Wednesday, the first two days of the Senate trial following the House's impeachment of former President Donald Trump. Trump stands accused of inciting the protesters who rioted at and overran the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
"You have this emotion-based argument driven by the Democrats," in-studio guest Gaetz told host Greg Kelly on "Greg Kelly Reports." "And while they're tearing up each and every day, I don't know that they're moving the American people.
"The American people would probably like to be the subject of the focus of their government rather than seeing the Democrats obsessed with the former president."
Although he questioned the approach of Trump attorney Bruce Castor's opening remarks Tuesday, which many critics and observers called light on constitutional law and heavy on folksy appeal, Gaetz said the Democrats have overreached with their own efforts.
"We are watching as the Democrats are now expanding their indictment beyond just President Trump to his supporters, to the people who showed up in Washington, D.C., not to do any harm, not to breach the Capitol, but to express their displeasure with an election that they believe should have been run with tighter standards," Gaetz said.
"I do think President Trump's defense has missed the opportunity to define the president's concerns about election integrity as entirely proper when you have officials in some of these states unilaterally departing from the law."
After saying "never take your position in any trial for granted," Gaetz nevertheless sounded a note of confidence about the trial's outcome.
"He's not going to be convicted," Gaetz said. "There's not going to be some action against Trump here. This is all about the Democrats having to obsess over Trump, because they don't really have an agenda to help regular Americans."
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