As outgoing U.S. President Donald Trump faces a second indictment in the wake of the Capitol riots last week, Trump called for calm on Wednesday and said he opposed any violence between supporters. He said this even as Congress debated his impeachment for inciting insurgency.
After about an hour of debate in the House in which Democrats accused him of “inciting insurgency,” the White House issued a “president’s statement” saying “there must be no violence”.
“In light of reports of other protests, I urge that there be NO violence, NO breach of the law and NO vandalism of any kind. This is not what I am advocating, and that’s not what America stands for, “Trump said in a statement. published by the White House. “I call on ALL Americans to help ease tensions and calm spirits. Thank you.”
With just a week into his tenure, the While House has not said whether the president will follow the impeachment debate and vote as he did in 2020 and it was not clear whether he will be heard at all.
On Tuesday, Trump broke his public silence for the first time since the attack on Capitol Hill. Speaking to reporters, he claimed to be a victim and criticized the Democrats’ impeachment effort. “On impeachment, this is really the continuation of the greatest witch hunt in political history,” Trump said. “This is ridiculous. It is absolutely ridiculous. This impeachment causes enormous anger, and you do it, and it is really a terrible thing that they do.
On January 6 of this year, a group of Donald Trump’s worshipers stormed the U.S. Capitol building, clashing with police, damaging property, seizing the opening scene and occupying the rotunda. The unrest came after Trump urged his supporters to protest what he claims to be a stolen presidential election.
The outgoing president has since been blocked on all major social media platforms, including Twitter, which banned him permanently.
(With contributions from the agency)