President Donald Trump doubled down on Tuesday on the incendiary rhetoric that incited the Capitol riot, warning darkly that it was harmful to the United States for him to be impeached for his conduct.
Trump additionally claimed that his inflammatory feedback at a rally shortly earlier than the invasion of the halls of Congress by thousands of his supporters on Wednesday weren’t dangerous.
“People thought what I said was totally appropriate,” Trump informed reporters when he was requested what his private accountability was for the violence.
The riot got here after he and his members of the family urged supporters at a rally to battle with him to reverse Joe Biden’s Electoral College win.
In his feedback earlier than departing for Texas on Tuesday, Trump once more used the kind of language that critics say fueled the mob, calling the deliberate impeachment by the Democratic-led House “really a continuation of the greatest witch hunt in politics.”
“It’s ridiculous, absolutely ridiculous,” Trump stated in his first feedback to the media because the riot, which killed a Capitol police officer and left a minimum of 4 different folks lifeless.
“This impeachment is causing tremendous anger, and you’re doing it, and it’s really a terrible thing that they’re doing,” Trump stated, apparently blaming reporters for his looming impeachment.
“For [House Speaker] Nancy Pelosi and [Senate Democratic leader] Chuck Schumer to continue on this path, I think it’s causing tremendous danger to our country, and it’s causing tremendous anger,” he stated.
The president then added, “I want no violence.”
“As far as this is concerned, we want no violence, we want absolutely no violence,” Trump stated.
But he didn’t explicitly condemn the actions by the mob of his supporters on the Capitol, who have been motivated to protest in opposition to and forestall congressional affirmation of Biden’s election as the subsequent president.
The president, who has been banned from a slew of social media platforms since final week due to his feedback, additionally stated: “I think Big Tech has made a terrible mistake.”
In an obvious reference to his ban on Twitter and elsewhere, Trump stated it’s “very, very bad for our country and that’s leading others to do the same thing.”
“And it causes a lot of problems and a lot of danger. Big mistake. They shouldn’t be doing it,” the president stated.
“But there’s always a counter move when they do that. I’ve never seen such anger as I see right now and that’s a terrible thing.”
Asked whether or not he would resign earlier than the tip of his time period subsequent week, Trump didn’t reply.
Trump’s looming impeachment, like his first one, instantly stems from his actions looking for to forestall the Biden from changing into president.
House Democrats first impeached Trump in late 2019 for pressuring the president of Ukraine that summer season to announce that nation was investigating Biden and his son Hunter over purported misconduct. While leaning on Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, Trump was withholding navy support to Ukraine, which was battling pro-Russian forces, although the help was already permitted by Congress.
Three members of Trump’s Cabinet have resigned within the wake of final Wednesday’s riot: Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, and Chad Wolf, who had been appearing secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.
The chaos on the Capitol for hours interrupted that certification by a joint session of Congress, however Biden’s election was confirmed early Thursday in a continuing overseen by Vice President Mike Pence.
The District of Columbia’s legal professional common stated Monday that he’ll examine whether or not to criminally cost Trump, his son Donald Trump Jr., the president’s private lawyer Rudy Giuliani and Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., for inciting the riot with their statements on the White House rally simply earlier than Trump the supporters invaded the Capitol.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., reportedly informed GOP caucus members on the identical day that Trump bore some accountability for the riot.