Historic impeachment: Odd omission from Trump's statement

 

Donald Trump has issued a five-minute video statement after becoming the first President in US history to be impeached twice.

Interestingly he didn't mention this morning's vote - even though he recorded it after it had taken place - but it showed a stark change in tone from his message to Americans before and during last week's riots.

Last week, he addressed the protesters in that video saying, "We love you" and "You're very special." In his message today, he has attacked them.

Interestingly he didn't mention this morning's vote - even though he recorded his message after it had taken place.

He called for peace and an orderly transition of power - pleading with Americans to refrain from violence in the coming days.

He said he was "shocked and deeply saddened" by the violence in Washington DC last week and he will use all powers available to him to prevent a repeat of such scenes.

Mr Trump said he was "calling on all Americans to overcome the passions of the moment and join together as one American people. Let us choose to move forward united for the good of our families."

Repudiating his supporters who assaulted Congress a week ago, triggering his second impeachment in the House of Representatives, Mr Trump said "there is never a justification for violence. No excuses, no exceptions: America is a nation of laws."

"Those who engaged in the attacks last week will be brought to justice," he said.

"Mob violence goes against everything I believe in and everything our movement stands for," Mr Trump said in his new video. "No true supporters of mine could ever endorse political violence.

"No true supporter of mine could disrespect law enforcement or our great American flag. No true supporter of mine could ever threaten or harass their fellow Americans.

"If you do any of these things, you are not supporting our movement- you are attacking it. And you are attacking our country. We cannot tolerate it."

 

Meanwhile, Donald Trump's impeachment confirmed that "no one is above the law," US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement.
"Today, in a bipartisan way the House demonstrated that no one is above the law, not even the President of the United States," she said.

"That Donald Trump is a clear and present danger to our country and that once again we honour our oath of office to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, so help us God.

"And now, I sadly and with a heart broken over what this means to our country, of a president who would incite insurrection, will sign the engrossment of the article of impeachment."

The single article of impeachment, charging Mr Trump with "incitement of insurrection", passed by a margin of 232-197.

Every Democrat voted yes. Ten Republicans joined with them, voting against their own party's President.

If you're interested, those 10 Republicans are: Liz Cheney, Adam Kinzinger, Jaime Herrera Beutler, Dan Newhouse, Peter Meijer, John Katko, Fred Upton, David Valadao, Tom Rice and Anthony Gonzalez.

The most significant name on that list is Ms Cheney, the daughter of former vice president Dick Cheney, who is the third-highest ranking Republican in the House.

Technically, this is the most bipartisan impeachment in history. Just five Democrats voted to impeach Bill Clinton in 1998. No Republicans supported Mr Trump's first impeachment in December of 2019.

"Am I disappointed by 10? No, I'm pleased that 10 people had the courage to stand up and say, 'We have no alternative,'" the Democrats' House Majority Leader, Steny Hoyer, told NBC.

So, the next step here is an impeachment trial in the Senate, where a two-thirds majority of 67 senators will be required to convict Mr Trump.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has confirmed the trial will not happen until after president-elect Joe Biden takes office.

Mr Trump will likely comment on the House's vote later today. Earlier, he released a statement urging his supporters to engage in no further violence.

"In light of reports of more demonstrations, I urge that there must be NO violence, NO lawbreaking and NO vandalism of any kind," Mr Trump said (emphasis his).

"That is not what I stand for, and it is not what America stands for. I call on ALL Americans to help ease tensions and and calm tempers. Thank you."

Originally published as 'No excuse': Trump loses more support



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