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Raskin invokes his son in closing impeachment arguments

Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.)
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Lead House impeachment manager Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) on Saturday invoked his late son, Thomas, in his closing arguments.

As he was concluding his arguments during former President Trump’s impeachment trial, Raskin detailed a conversation he had with his daughter, Hannah, about a man who said goodbye to his children before attending the events of Jan. 6.

Raskin said that his daughter was able to see beyond the politics or legality of the situation, and saw the humanity of it.

“Hannah saw through the legality of the situation, she saw through the politics of the situation, all the way to the humanity of the situation, the morality of the situation,” he said of his daughter.

“The children of the insurrectionists, even the violent and dangerous ones, they’re our children, too,” he continued before invoking his late son Thomas.

“They are Americans and we must take care of them and their future. We must recognize and exorcise these crimes against our nation and then we must take care of our people, our children, their hearts and their minds,” he said. “As Tommy Raskin used to say, ‘It’s hard to be human.'”

Raskin announced the death of Thomas, who was 25, in late December. In a post for Medium published last month, Raskin and his wife, Sarah, revealed that he battled with depression in his 20s, which had become overwhelming and unbearable for him.

In the post, the Raskins recounted a story about how Tommy stopped gossipers on prom night with the phrase “Forgive me, but it’s hard to be a human.”

Legal arguments wrapped up on Saturday in the impeachment trial against Trump for inciting the deadly Jan. 6 riot. The Senate is likely to acquit Trump, as 17 GOP Senators will not likely join Democrats in voting to convict him.

Raskin concluded his argument by saying that the trial is about who America is, as opposed to Trump.

“Senators, this trial in the final analysis is not about Donald Trump. The country and the world know who Donald Trump is. This trial is about who we are,” Raskin concluded. “Is this America? What kind of America will we be? It’s now literally in your hands. Godspeed to the Senate of the United States.”

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