The video was posted on the U.S. president’s official Twitter account
President Donald Trump tweeted a video message Wednesday night in which he made no mention of the impeachment announced to him by the House of Representatives. The video message was posted around 6 p.m. local time as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was signing impeachment articles approved by a majority of lawmakers.
Trump’s remarks focused on the violence that occurred within the walls of the Capitol on Jan. 6, which ultimately led to the House of Representatives impeaching the president with language “for inciting violence.”
I want to be very clear: I unequivocally condemn the violence we saw last week. There is … has no place for violence and vandalism,” Trump said, adding that the people who trashed the Capitol last week are not his “true supporters.
“Crowd violence goes against everything I believe in and everything our movement stands for,” Trump said, not taking responsibility for the actions that led to Wednesday’s riots.
“My true supporters do not endorse political violence. None of my true supporters can disrespect law enforcement or our great American flag. None of my true supporters have ever threatened my fellow countrymen… If you do something like that, you are not supporting our movement – you are attacking it. You are attacking our country. We won’t stand for it,” is how Trump commented on the people who stormed into the Congress building with flags of the “Make America Great Again” movement.
Trump also spoke of an “unprecedented attack” on free speech, referring to the actions of major social networks that have blocked his personal accounts.