12/01/2021 – 21:37 Updated: 01/12/2021 – 21:43
The outgoing president of the United States, Republican Donald Trump, defended this Tuesday, after several days of silence, as “totally appropriate“His harangue for his followers to march to the Capitol, which led to an assault on Congress, while rejecting violence amid an atmosphere of political tension not seen in decades.
“If you read the speech (…) people thought that what I said was totally appropriate,” the president told reporters at the White House shortly before leaving on a trip to Texas, to visit the construction work on the border wall. . “We don’t want violence”added.
These are Trump’s first public statements after last Wednesday’s chaotic day, which left five dead, in which a mob of his followers stormed the Capitol. In the midst of the political upheaval and just eight days after leaving the White House, the House of Representatives, with a Democratic majority, has announced that it will open a new impeachment process under the accusation of “incite an insurrection“for the assault on the Capitol last week.
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In an event unprecedented in recent history, the House is scheduled to vote this afternoon to urge Vice President Mike Pence, a destituir a Trump, under the 25th amendment to the Constitution, something unlikely to happen given its rejection, so it will go to the trial vote on Wednesday.
The process started this Monday in the Lower House promises to force the Senate to subject Trump to a political trial that will take place when the president-elect, Joe Biden, is already in power, and which therefore will not have as its main objective the removal of the leader, but its possible disqualification to hold future political office.
“Ridiculous witch hunt”
Trump called the opening of the second impeachment against him something “absolutely ridiculous“and” a continuation of the greatest witch hunt in the history of politics. “He also warned that this initiative by the Democrats is generating” tremendous anger. ”
In the violent assault on Congress, in which five people died, including a policeman, there was abundant symbology of the extreme right and white supremacism, and the congressmen had to be evacuated to a safe place in the basements of the US Legislature.
This weekend the United States authorities the arrests began due to assault on federal charges by the participants, including former members of the military, representatives of the QAnon conspiracy theory and a state legislator.
“Very special people”
In the tense hours of the siege and takeover of the Capitol, Trump addressed the attackers as “very special people” and called the day “an incredible day.” His comments provoked a wave of outrage from Democrats, and some Republicans, who criticized that Trump had violated his oath to protect and defend the Constitution.
Despite his defeat in the presidential election last November against Democrat Joe Biden, Trump has not recognized the victory of his rival and it has insisted on its accusations of electoral fraud, dismissed by the courts for lack of evidence. Biden’s formal inauguration ceremony is scheduled for January 20, an act to which the current president, breaking the historical tradition, has already announced that he will not attend.
To try to avoid violent clashes, the United States authorities have ordered a huge police display in the American capital. Washington will be reinforced with more than 10,000 members of the National Guard to ensure security, while the mayor of the city, Muriel Bowser, has asked the public not to attend the celebration on the esplanade of the National Mall, in the center of the city.