Lincoln Project unveils mid-impeachment trial ad targeting Republicans over Capitol riot

The Lincoln Project released a new ad Wednesday on Day Two of former President Trump’s impeachment trial, condemning Trump and his allies for their role in causing the Capitol insurrection.

In the ad, which runs just over a minute in duration, the anti-Trump GOP group calls for justice for officer Brian Sicknick, who died as a result of the Capitol riot.

“In the Capitol Rotunda, the remains of a brave man rest in a place of honor,” the video begins.

“He died a hero,” the ad continues. “And now Brian Sicknick deserves justice.”

Sicknick died the day after the Capitol attack from injuries he suffered while trying to protect the building and its occupants from the violent mob. Following his death, he was granted the rare distinction of lying in honor in the Capitol Rotunda.

The ad blames Trump and his allies for inciting the riot that caused Sicknick’s death and various other injuries.

“The mob that murdered him and injured other Capitol Police officers wasn’t mindless. It was sent there,” the voiceover says as news footage of Trump speaking plays.

“I don’t know if I’ll do the fighting myself or if other people will,” the former president says in the clip.

The mob was “fed a diet of lies” that resulted in the Jan. 6 insurrection, and now those who should be held accountable are “trying to escape responsibility,” the ad alleges.

The narrator rattles off a list of lawmakers and organizations that are responsible for what happened, specifically naming Trump, Rudy Giuliani, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Fox News, Newsmax and One America News Network.

“They didn’t strike the hundreds of blows that killed Brian Sicknick and hurt his colleagues, but they told the lie that led their followers to act. The blood is on their hands,” the ad concludes.

The new ad is one of many The Lincoln Project has released targeting Trump in recent months and comes as his impeachment trial continues on in the Senate.

–Updated on Feb. 11 at 6:53 a.m.

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