On Tuesday, President Trump spoke out about an impending second impeachment process being brought by House Democrats in the aftermath of last week’s violent protests in the nation’s Capitol.
The impeachment effort comes after House Democrats attempted and failed to push Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment in order to remove the president from office.
Trump Speaks Out About Impeachment, Violence
Not only did the president state that he had no intention of resigning, but that he believes that, “On the impeachment, it’s really a continuation of the greatest witch hunt in the history of politics. It’s ridiculous. It’s absolutely ridiculous.”
“This impeachment is causing tremendous danger.”
He stated that, “It’s a really terrible thing that they’re doing for Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer to continue on this path. I think it’s causing tremendous danger to our country, and it’s causing tremendous anger.”
The President added, “I want no violence — never violence. We want absolutely no violence.”
As our next step, we will move forward with bringing impeachment legislation to the Floor. https://t.co/Gand0JGkO2
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) January 11, 2021
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Trump Also Speaks Out About Capitol Violence
Critics of the president have claimed that in his speech to supporters in Washington last week, he incited the riots at the Capitol building by telling protesters to go to the Capitol, and using the words “march” and “fight.”
However, during his speech, the president said, “I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard.”
Since the violence last week, the president has condemned the violence several times.
Amidst the riots, Trump had addressed the protesters by saying, “But you have to go home now. We have to have peace.”
He also denounce the violence the next day in a video where he described it as, “a heinous attack.”
This video clip from The Daily Mail shows President Trump calling for peaceful protest:
Some Republicans Supporting Impeachment
Impeachment may prove interesting this time around on the Republican side of the aisle.
Fox news has claimed that “multiple sources” say that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is supportive of impeachment, believing that a second impeachment of Trump would help the GOP to “purge” itself of Trump supporters.
The Fox News report went on to say that McConnell’s desire to rid the Republican Party of Trump and Trump loyalists stems from the fact that McConnell is angry not only for the way that Trump responded to the riots, but also feels that Trump is responsible for the Georgia Senate race losses the day before.
— Lou Dobbs (@LouDobbs) January 13, 2021
The Usual Suspects
Among Republicans who are routinely critical of the president, and have expressed support for impeachment in the past, such as Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) and Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb), Congresswoman Liz Cheney (R-WY) has said that she would vote to impeach the president.
Cheney stated that, “The President of the United Stats summoned his mob, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack.”
She went on to say that, “The president could have immediately and forcefully intervened to stop the violence. He did not.”
However, there are a growing number of those in Congress who are calling for Cheney to step down as GOP Conference Chairwoman. Cheney’s position is third highest in House Republican leadership.
Among those calling for Cheney’s resignation are Rep. Any Biggs (R-AZ) who said, “The reality is she is not representing the Conference-she is not representing the Republican ideals.” and Rep. Matt Rosendale (R-MT) who said, “She is weakening our Conference at a key moment for personal and political gain and is unfit to lead. She must step down as Conference Chair.”
Representative Jim Jordan, who recently received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Trump, joined the calls against Cheney.
Rep. Jim Jordan calls for Rep. Liz Cheney to be removed as Chair of House Republican Conference after Reps. Andy Biggs, Matt Rosendale, and Marjorie Taylor Greene urge her to step down from her post. https://t.co/MmsVgSQ2Y7
— Josh Caplan (@joshdcaplan) January 13, 2021
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