In his comments before departing for Texas on Tuesday, Trump again used the type of language that critics say fueled the mob, calling the planned impeachment by the Democratic-led House “really a continuation of the greatest witch hunt in politics.”
“This impeachment is causing tremendous anger, and you’re doing it, and it’s really a terrible thing that they’re doing,” Trump said, 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 said.
The president then added, “I want no violence.”
“As far as this is concerned, we want no violence, we want absolutely no violence,” Trump said.
But he did not explicitly condemn the actions by the mob of his supporters at the Capitol, who were motivated to protest against and prevent congressional confirmation of Biden’s election as the next president.
The president, who has been banned from a slew of social media platforms since last week because of his comments, also said: “I think Big Tech has made a terrible mistake.”
In an apparent reference to his ban on Twitter and elsewhere, Trump said it is “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 said.
“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 he would resign before the end of his term next week, Trump did not answer.
Trump’s looming impeachment, like his first one, directly stems from his actions seeking to prevent the Biden from becoming president.
House Democrats first impeached Trump in late 2019 for pressuring the president of Ukraine that summer to announce that country was investigating Biden and his son Hunter over purported misconduct. While leaning on Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, Trump was withholding military aid to Ukraine, which was battling pro-Russian forces, even though the aid was already approved by Congress.
The chaos at the Capitol for hours interrupted that certification by a joint session of Congress, but Biden’s election was confirmed early Thursday in a proceeding overseen by Vice President Mike Pence.