President Trump releases statement after the House voted to impeach him
President Trump released a statement from the Oval Office on Wednesday evening.
"As I have said, the incursion of the US Capitol struck at the very heart of our republic," he began with in the address Wednesday. "I unequivocally condemn the violence that we saw last week."
The President has been impeached by the house recently for "incitement of insurrection" as many democrats and republicans believe he was responsible for the attack that left 5 people dead. The first time the President was impeached in 2019 but was acquitted by the Senate. The Senate has yet to go in session about this matter, and they plan on meeting on January 19th, one day before the inauguration of Joe Biden. Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said today that he would not agree to use "emergency powers" to have the Senate back in session before January 19th.
Even though the reason for impeachment was for the belief that President Trump encouraged his supports to riot the Capitol, the President still takes no responsibility for it. "No true supporter of mine could ever endorse political violence. No true supporter of mine could ever disrespect law enforcement" he stated.
"Whether you are on the right or the left, a democrat or a republican, there is never a justification for violence. No excuses, no exceptions. American is a nation of laws. Those who engaged in the violence last week will be brought to justice. Now I am asking everyone who has ever believed in our agenda, should be working to be thinking of ways to ease tensions, calm tempers, and help to promote peace in our country."
He announced that they are bringing in thousands of national guard members to Washington D.C. to watch over any pop up events of violence. "Every American deserves to have their voice heard in a respectful and peaceful way. That is their first amendment right."
The President also responded to what he calls "the unprecedented assault on free speech."
"The efforts to censor cancel and blacklist our fellow citizens are wrong and they are dangerous," stated the President. "What is needed now is for us to listen to one another, not to silence one another. All of us can choose by our actions to rise above the rancor and find common ground and shared purpose. We must focus on advancing the interests of the whole nation, delivering the miracle vaccines, defeating the pandemic, rebuilding the economy, protecting our national security and upholding the rule of law. Today, I'm calling on all Americans to overcome the passions of the moment and joined together as one American people. Let us choose to move forward united, for the good of our families, our communities and our country" he said as he ended the speech.
The President has yet to respond to the rumors of the Insurrection Act being enforced.
Inauguration Day is Wednesday, January 20th.