President Donald Trump spoke to reporters for the first time in nearly a week at the White House on Tuesday.
The President condemned the violence of his rioting supporters during their infamous siege of the US Capitol, but did not take any responsibility for the occurrences. He told reporters, in what is going to be one of his final interviews as President, that “people” told him his words in the preceding speech were “totally appropriate.”
The House of Representatives on Monday formally launched impeachment proceedings against Trump for his role in “inciting an insurrection.” The resolution is likely to pass, seeing as Democrats control the House. This impeachment would make Trump the first President ever to be impeached twice.
Getting forcibly removed from office or being barred from ever holding office again is, however, unlikelier. Such a ruling would require a two-thirds majority during a Senate trial, which means a substantial portion of Republicans would need to turn on the man who so firmly holds their party base. Few have expressed the willingness to do so.
Trump, predictably, did not have anything positive to say about the resolution raised against him. “I think it’s [the impeachment resolution] causing tremendous danger to our country and it’s causing tremendous anger. I want no violence,” he said. He further called the impeachment proceedings a “continuation of the witch hunt.”
Prior to the riot at the Capitol, which has left five people dead, Trump had addressed a large gathering of his supporters, saying, “We’re going to walk down to the Capitol, and we’re going to cheer on our brave senators and congressmen and women, and we’re probably not going to be cheering so much for some of them, because you’ll never take back our country with weakness. You have to show strength, and you have to be strong. I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard.”