President Donald Trump made a speech this past Wednesday before a mob of his supports stormed the Capitol. Even after the riot left five people dead, Trump defended the speech that he gave, lashing out at social media platforms that blocked him with concerns that he could potentially incite more violence prior to the January 20th inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.
Trump told reporters at Joint Base Andrews, “I believe it’s going to be a catastrophic mistake for them. They’re dividing and divisive, and they’re showing something that I’ve been predicting for a long time.”
This past Friday, Twitter, in a move unprecedented, permanently banned Donald Trump from using its platform. Facebook blocked the president’s account indefinitely. Some other companies, including Amazon, Apple, and Google, helped to move Parler, a popular social network among right-wing extremists, offline.
The Parler social network was used by rioters to plan the riot at the Capitol building.
During Trump’s critique of Big Tech, he also criticized the Democrats’ effort to impeach him a second time.
As he was leaving the White House this Tuesday, Trump said, “On the impeachment, it’s really a continuation of the greatest witch hunt in the history of politics. It’s absolutely ridiculous. This impeachment is causing tremendous anger … and it’s really a terrible thing that they’re doing.”
This past Monday, House Democrats formally introduced new articles of impeachment against Trump. One of the main charges in these articles was that of “incitement of insurrection” for playing a role in the deadly US Capitol building assault.
When the House reconvenes on Wednesday, they are expected to consider the article of impeachment, which already has more than 200 co-sponsors.
At the very core of the impeachment article is the speech that Trump gave while in front of the White House the day before the Capitol Riot. “People thought that what I said was totally appropriate,” said Trump on Tuesday, defending his speech.
During the speech, however, Trump continually repeated falsehoods about the election process, noting that it was stolen from them. He began telling his supporters that they needed to “fight like hell” to get back what was stolen from them.
“The President continues to pose a clear and present danger to the people and our Republic,” tweeted Jamie Raskin, Maryland Representative. She was the co-author of the impeachment article, along with Ted Lieu and David Cicilline, Democratic Reps.
“He incited an insurrectionist mob to join a ‘wild’ disruption of the peaceful transfer of power at the Capitol. Violence & death followed. He must be removed from office immediately.”
As for now, the impeachment process is set to begin. However, with the rarity of impeachment in mind, the unprecedented circumstances in the impeachment article, and the strange timing that puts them so close to Biden’s inauguration, there are many questions as to what might happen next.
This past Friday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell sent a memo to his fellow Senate Republicans, outlining a Senate trial for Trump on January 19th.