Impeachment manager Joe Neguse concluded his case against former President Trump with an emotional appeal to senators to put their country before party.
Neguse rebuffed the defense's claims on Friday that Democrats' case against Trump was motivated by hate saying he had taken lifelong inspiration from Martin Luther King Jr.'s own appeal to love: "I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear."
"This trial is not borne from hatred, far from it. It's borne from love of country, our country, our desire to maintain it, our desire to see America at its best," he said.
Neguse went on to warn of a dark future if senators did not "rise to the occasion" and convict Trump.
"The stakes could not be higher," he said. "Because the cold, hard truth is that what happened on January 6th can happen again. I fear... the violence we saw that terrible day may be just the beginning."
"Senators, this cannot be the beginning," he concluded. "It can't be the new normal. It has to be the end. That decision is in your hands."