President Trump said on Tuesday that efforts to impeach him for inciting last week’s riots in the Capitol sparked “enormous anger” and that he was not guilty of the violence.
The impeachment push is “a continuation of the biggest witch hunt in the history of politics,” Trump told reporters in the White House’s South Meadow as he circled the U.S.-Mexico border.
“I think it’s causing a lot of anger,” Trump said in one of his first public remarks about the incident and its aftermath.
Trump spoke again with reporters on the asphalt of Joint Base Andrews in Maryland and said he did not incite the riot. “They analyzed my speech and my words and my last paragraph, my last sentence. And everyone in the troika thought it was perfectly appropriate, “Trump said.
Four Trump supporters and a police officer were killed during the Capitol invasion and siege, following a speech near the White House in which Trump called on thousands of supporters to persuade lawmakers to overturn President-elect Joe Biden̵
Trump also attacked Big Tech companies, which censored him after the uprising and cleared many accounts of alleged conspiracy theorists. Trump was banned permanently by Twitter and banned from using Facebook or Instagram at least after Biden’s inauguration.
“I think Big Tech made a terrible mistake and very, very bad for our country. And that makes others do the same. And it creates a lot of problems and a lot of dangers. Big mistake. They shouldn’t do that, “Trump said Tuesday before boarding Air Force One.
He added: “But there is always a counter-move when they do. I’ve never seen the anger I see right now, and it’s a terrible thing, a terrible thing. And you should always avoid violence, and we have tremendous support. We have support, probably like no one has seen before. You should always avoid violence. “
Parliament Speaker Nancy Pelosi (California) plans to launch an impeachment and potential vote Wednesday. The Senate will not hold the trial until after he leaves office on January 20, but if convicted in a Democrat-led body, he may be barred from running again.