Published On: Tue, Jan 12th, 2021

Donald Trump says free speech at risk after impeachment ‘very dangerous for USA’ | Politics | News


Speaking from Alamo, Texas, the outgoing US President launched a stern attack on Joe Biden and the Democrats as he faces his second impeachment on a charge of “incitement of insurrection”. said: “I'd like to say that free speech is under assault like never before.

“The 25th amendment is at zero risk to me but will come back to haunt Joe Biden and the Biden administration.

“As expression goes: be careful what you wish for.

“The impeachment hoax is a continuation of the greatest and most vicious witch hunt in the history of our country and it's causing tremendous anger and division and pain far greater than most people will ever understand, which is very dangerous for the USA.

“Especially at this very tender time.”

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The Republican president told reporters that his speech before Wednesday's assault – in which he urged supporters to march on the Capitol and fight – had been analysed by unnamed others, who he said believed it was “totally appropriate.”

“If you read my speech … what I said was totally appropriate,” he told reporters at Joint Base Andrews when asked about any personal responsibility he had regarding the January 6 attack when his supporters stormed the Capitol with members of Congress and his own Vice President Mike Pence inside.

“They've analysed my speech and my words and my final paragraph, my final sentence and everybody … thought it was totally appropriate,” he said before heading to Alamo, Texas to visit and sign his signature wall on the border with Mexico.

Addressing the Capitol events in Texas, he added: “As I have consistently said throughout my administration we believe in respecting America's history and traditions, not tearing them down.

“We believe in the rule of law, not in violence or rioting.”

The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives plans to vote as soon as Wednesday on an article of impeachment charging Trump with inciting insurrection unless he resigns or Vice President Mike Pence moves to oust him under a provision in the U.S. Constitution.

The House will vote later on Tuesday on a resolution calling on Pence, a Republican, to invoke Section 4 of the 25th Amendment, a never-before used power that allows a majority of the Cabinet to strip the president of power if he or she is unable to discharge the office's duties.

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Pence advisers say he is opposed to the idea.

With only eight days left in Trump's term, chances the Democratic push will result in his removal before Biden takes office on Jan. 20 appear remote. But Democrats say Trump's actions demand a response.

“Our nation, our democracy and our freedom cannot risk another day of the Trump presidency,” said Representative Jim McGovern, the chairman of the House Rules Committee.

Democrats could also use an impeachment trial to push through a vote blocking Trump from running for office again.



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