The constitution says the House has the sole power of impeachment.
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So point 1: The House voted to impeach Trump for incitement.
The senate has sole power to try all impeachments.
So point 2: because of point 1, the senate was required to try Trump for incitement.
The question then: was he guilty or not of incitement?
The question was not whether they had the right to try him or not. The Senate has no power to decide whether he is tried only to try him.
Point 3: McConnell explicitly states he think Trump is guilty. "There is no question that President Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of that day."
"74 million Americans did not engineer the campaign of disinformation and rage that provoked it.
“One person did."
Point 4: McConnell also says "We are not free to work backward from whether the accused party might personally deserve some kind of punishment"
Correct. The senate is required to try whether he was guilty or not of insurrection, as directed by the House which has sole power of impeachment. Not work back from punishment .
Point 5: Considering whether he is in office or not and deciding that a conviction is moot because the punishment of removal of office would have no effect is expressly doing what McConnell says he is not free to do in point 4. That is, working backward from the punishment in order disregard his responsibility as the sole body charged with trying the impeachment charge.