President Donald J. Trump said on Tuesday that sending his supporters to “march” on the U.S. Capitol “with strength” on January 6 was “totally appropriate.”
Speaking with reporters as he left the White House en route to an immigration speech in Alamo, Texas, Mr. Trump claimed that his speech before the riots “has been analyzed, and people thought what I was was totally appropriate.”
Mr. Trump, who has been spreading baseless voter fraud claims, urged his supporters to march on the U.S. Capitol while the lawmakers were about to certify Joseph R.Biden Jr.’s win and take their “country back,” advising them to do it “with strength.”
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Not long after, they stormed the U.S. Capitol building and unleashed mayhem. At least six people have died as a result of the riots, including two Capitol Police officers.
Trump was asked by a reporter: “What is your role in what happened at the Capitol? What is your personal responsibility?” and he responded, “If you read my speech…people thought that what I said was totally appropriate.”
House Democrats are preparing to vote on a resolution calling on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from power or they will move to impeach him for “inciting” a mob to engage in an “insurrection.”
The final vote is expected to take place on Wednesday, making Trump the only American President to be impeached twice.
Trump described the second impeachment as “ridiculous.” He insinuated that impeaching him would cause violence.
“We want no violence,” Trump said.