Stacey Plaskett takes Trump’s lawyers to task for use of ‘clip after clip of Black women’ as part of the defense.The delegate from the Virgin Islands pointed out the difference between women of color urging their followers to fight for civil rights and the speeches of former President Donald J. Trump.By Luke Broadwater
Delegate Stacey Plaskett, Democrat of the Virgin Islands and one of the impeachment managers, called out the lawyers for former President Donald J. Trump on Friday for their use of footage of women of color as part of their efforts to equate statements made by Democrats to their supporters with those made by Mr. Trump ahead of the assault on the Capitol.
At issue was a montage of video clips of Democrats urging their supporters to “fight” and Mr. Trump venerating “law and order.” The montage included clips of some Black Democrats, including Vice President Kamala Harris, Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey and Representative Ayanna S. Pressley of Massachusetts.
In remarks that drew widespread praise among Democrats on social media, Ms. Plaskett pointed out the difference between women of color urging their followers to fight for civil rights and the speeches of Mr. Trump, whose followers attacked the Capitol seeking to overturn the results of a legitimate election.
“I’ll briefly say that defense counsels 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,” Ms. Plaskett said. “It’s not lost on me that 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.”
Ms. Plaskett’s remarks, along with her presentations made throughout the impeachment trial, earned her an instant fan base among Democrats.
The comedian Leslie Jones tweeted of photo of Ms. Plaskett dressed as a superhero with the phrase: “When you forget to change out of your uniform before starting your day job.”
“Two days ago I didn’t know who Stacey Plaskett was and now she’s my wallpaper. In my kitchen,” another comedian, Randy Rainbow, wrote on Twitter.
Born in Brooklyn to parents who hailed from the Virgin Islands, Ms. Plaskett graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in history and diplomacy, and from American University’s Washington College of Law. She worked as an assistant district attorney in the Bronx, as counsel to the House ethics committee, and as a political appointee at the Justice Department under President George W. Bush, among other positions.
While she could not vote for impeachment because she represents a territory, not a state, Ms. Plaskett was nevertheless selected as one of nine impeachment managers by Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Ms. Plaskett also noted during her remarks that her own constituents in the Virgin Islands cannot vote in presidential elections.
“Every American has the right to vote,” she said. “Unless you live in a territory.”