Now that you mention it ....

I have been saying for some time that had Mr Trump started shooting Democrats on the Senate floor, his Republican enablers would have defended the action by saying the Democrats deserved their fate i.e. Mr Trump would be innocent of any crime. So this speculation would fall right in line with the speculation in the article i.e. Mr Trump justifying what he thought had happened by saying VP Pence deserved it.

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