“I want to be very clear. I unequivocally condemn the violence we saw over the past week, ”Trump said, speaking from the Oval Office. “Violence and vandalism have absolutely no place in our country and no place in our movement. Make American Great Again has always been about standing up for the rule of law, supporting the men and women of law enforcement, and upholding our country’s most sacred traditions and values.
But absent from the video, there was no sense of responsibility or remorse for the attack, which even some of his closest allies blame him. Trump has said those who embarked on the attack “will be brought to justice,” but he did not mention the impeachment article against him which came together at lightning speed last week.
Asset told reporters Tuesday that his inciting remarks to his supporters before the Capitol attack were “very appropriate”, and instead tried to focus on the summer of last year’s protests amid an account of police violence and racism.
“If you read my speech – and a lot of people did, and I saw it both in the newspapers and in the media, on television – it was analyzed, and people thought that what I said was very appropriate, ”he said. Tuesday.
The White House released the video on Wednesday as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi walked to the Capitol desk to address reporters about the impeachment article passed by House Democrats and 10 House Republicans not long ago. Trump has been accused of deliberately inciting an insurgency by launching a month-long campaign to cast doubt on the legitimacy of the 2020 presidential election and calling on his supporters to fight the results on the Capitol grounds.
Five people died in the attack on Capitol Hill, including a police officer, and Trump’s initial response to the crisis alarmed his aides and allies with his hesitation. In his first statements on the violence, he called on his supporters to be peaceful, but still hailed them as “very special”, adding that “we love you”. His Twitter account was ultimately closed because of his statements.
Other security risks continue to hang over Washington ahead of Biden’s inauguration next week. Thousands of National Guardsmen descended on the Capitol and DC Mayor Muriel Bowser urged Americans to stay away from the ceremony due to the risk of violence.
Trump said on Wednesday that he had been briefed on the security situation, and he urged “all those who have ever believed in our agenda to think about ways to ease tensions, calm spirits and to help promote peace in our country ”. He added that he had granted the federal authorities “all the resources necessary to maintain order”. President allowed Bowser’s request for a state of emergency ahead of inauguration day earlier this week, allowing federal agencies to help with emergency management.
“Every American deserves their voice to be heard in a respectful and peaceful manner,” Trump said. “It’s your First Amendment right. But I can’t stress [enough] that there should be no violence, no violation of the law and no vandalism of any kind. “
Trump ended his statement on Wednesday by lamenting “the unprecedented assault on free speech that we have seen in recent days.” In the aftermath of the Capitol uprising, Trump and several of his supporters who promoted his fraudulent election lies have been suspended from a number of social media platforms, including Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.
Trump went ‘ballistic’ after being kicked off his favorite social platform, a a senior administration official told POLITICO at the time. Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) Has also had his book contract canceled, with his Simon & Schuster publishing house citing his support for the president’s efforts to challenge the election results. Hawley has since likened the cancellation to George Orwell’s “1984” censorship.
“What is needed now is that we listen to each other, not shut up,” Trump said in his video. “We can all choose through our actions to rise above resentment and find common ground and a common goal.”
Earlier in his post, the president, who has campaigned largely to insult his opponents with demeaning nicknames, said, “None of my true supporters will ever be able to threaten or harass their fellow Americans.”