Wednesday, August 4

Donald Trump defends his speech prior to the assault on the Capitol and assures that the second ‘impeachment’ continues “the greatest witch hunt in history”


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The outgoing president considers “totally appropriate” the speech in which he urged his followers to march towards Congress to show their strength

Trump defends his speech prior to the assault on the Capitol and speaks of “witch hunt”THE WORLD (Video) // AFP (Photo)
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Those most critical of President Donald Trump, including members of his own party, They have been apologizing for days after the speech which preceded the storming of the Capitol in Washington by an angry mob that left five dead. But the president has not yielded an iota in his position, not even with a second impeachment looming over his first and only term, the first time in US history that a president would face two impeachments. Trump maintains that he did not say anything improper that incited his followers to violence.

“They have analyzed my speech and my words and my final paragraph, my last sentence, and everyone thought it was totally appropriate”, said the Republican before getting on the presidential plane to Texas, where he will visit, once again, the works of the border wall that he promised so many times during his campaign and of which 640 kilometers have been built. Trump is convinced that he has not instigated anyone and that the impeachment process is an extension of the “greatest witch-hunt for witches in the history of politics” that the Democratic caucus has been subjected to since its landing in the White House.

“This is ridiculous. It’s really ridiculous,” he said of the efforts by Democrats in the House of Representatives to impeach him, a decision that he considers has unleashed “tremendous anger” and constitutes a “tremendous danger”, clarifying that he does not want more violence. It’s about your first public appearance after incidents in the capital, a prolonged silence due to Twitter’s decision to suspend his account permanently, the president’s favorite communication tool and from where he has been spreading information for months about an alleged electoral fraud and the theft of elections that, according to him, won overwhelmingly.

Trump’s immediate political future now depends on the vice president, Mike Pence, his faithful squire until now but who explicitly turned his back on him during the violent demonstrations on Capitol Hill last Wednesday. The House of Representatives planned to make a formal request to activate the 25th amendment that would allow Pence to assume the presidency and for Trump not to finish his term, which has exactly one week left. However, White House sources cited by several US media assure that Pence had his first meeting with Trump in the Oval Office since the incidents and that They agreed to stay the course until President-elect Joe Biden takes office on January 20. And at his inauguration, Pence will be present and not Trump.

If the former governor of Indiana does not take the step of asking the president to step aside – for this he should also have the support of at least half of Trump’s depleted cabinet – Democratic congressmen will vote for the ‘impeachment ‘that they wrote on Monday and that blames Trump for “inciting violence against the US government“, according to a four-page document. The other option is for the president himself to resign, the most unlikely of all outcomes.

An impeachment with few options for success

With the application of the 25th amendment, which has only been resorted to for a medical emergency – during a colon surgery on Ronald Reagan in 1985 – Democrats want the president to pay for what happened, although it would not be the maximum punishment. More effective would be to complete the impeachment trial in order to prevent Trump from running again in 2024.

If Pence does not move, as is expected, he wille hopes that all Democrats support the ‘impeachment’ unanimously. Another very different matter is what the Republicans can do. Liz Cheney, a congressman from Wyoming, encouraged his colleagues to vote “whatever their conscience dictates,” a stimulus that seems insufficient to change their minds to the majority of the conservative side in the House of Representatives.

The feeling that reigns in Washington today, almost a week after the historic riots on federal soil, is that the waters are slowly returning to their course and that Trump is regaining the support of his own. Lindsay Graham, one of the strong men of the party and senator from South Carolina, traveled with Trump to Texas days after acknowledging his exhaustion with the president’s efforts to reverse the electoral result.

Until three Republican senators have indicated that they would consider supporting the impeachment, still far from the 17 – plus the 50 Democrats – that would be necessary to convict the president and permanently disqualify him from the White House. It is a process that runs the risk of ending like the one that Trump faced in December 2018 for his attempts to coerce the Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelensky, and who ended up dying in the Senate.

Joe Biden, for his part, has affirmed that he will not stand in the impeachment although he hopes that the process, if it reaches the upper house, don’t get in the way of your first days as president, starting with the ratification of his cabinet. He has even suggested the possibility of dividing the senators’ time between impeachment and the rest of their functions. Work will not be lacking, for sure.

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