WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- Less than an hour after Congress voted for his second impeachment, Trump posted a video statement on YouTube, condemning the violence that broke out in the U.S Capitol.
- While the president did not mention anything about the impeachment, it is expected that he will release another video about the latest move against him by Wednesday evening.
- Trump also assured Americans that there will be a smooth transition for incoming president Joe Biden.
In a video statement released after his second impeachment, President Trump says he condemns the violence which disturbed the U.S Capitol and encourages unity as he gets ready to step down from office.
The president was seen on the video delivering his message sitting behind the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office, saying that he was stunned and dismayed by the rioting at the Capitol the previous week.
Trump said, following a gang of his followers storming Congress in an incident that took the lives of five people, that
“I want to be very clear: I unequivocally condemn the violence that we saw last week. Violence and vandalism have absolutely no place in our country and no place in our movement,”
Trump added that he always promoted upholding the country’s values, and making America great again is for defending the rule of law, and being supportive of people serving at the law enforcement.
In the same five-minute video published after the House voted for the impeachment against Trump, the president also said that
“mob violence goes against everything I believe in and everything our movement stands for. No true supporter of mine could ever endorse political violence.”
The president, who was the first U.S top executive who ever been impeached two times, was pressed for inciting an insurrection charge. He left no comment on the momentous proceedings against him despite the vote of 10 Republicans in favor of his impeachment.
The outgoing president would likely release another video statement on late Wednesday answering the charges.
The video, uploaded on YouTube following Trump’s banning from Twitter and Facebook after the riot that erupted in the Capitol, was the message expected of him by critics and allies alike as thousands of his followers stormed the Capitol to halt the legislators in the certifying the won of Joe Biden.
House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy said during his impeachment floor speech on Wednesday, that he is calling Trump to subdue the developing unrest and guarantee the orderly transition of power to the president-elect, Joe Biden.
Seemingly considering McCarthy’s call, Trump said he had been made aware of the threats of unrest as Biden gets ready for his inauguration, and cautioned his followers against more insurrections.
Trump restated that vandalism, violence, and crimes must stop, adding that
“everyone must follow our laws and obey the instructions of law enforcement.”
A portentous FBI memo reported over the weekend cautioned that armed remonstrations are being planned in D.C and across 50 state capitols.
Source: New York Post