Trump Says He Had No Role In MAGA Storming Of The Capitol

By Claire Hardwick

In the first time President Trump has spoken to reporters since the Capitol Hill riots on Wednesday, he stopped to explain his role in the subsequent destruction following his “Save America” rally. In what will be one of his last trips on Air Force One, President Trump traveled to the Alamo, Texas to look at the border wall. 

President Trump flipped the script that is being said across the aisle that because of his rhetoric, he incited violence from his base who took his words literally. Trump, however, said that the second impeachment stemming from what he calls a continuous “witch hunt” on his administration, is “causing tremendous danger.”

When asked about his speech at the rally and how it may have influenced the seditious events, Trump said that his words were “totally appropriate,” and did not take any responsibility for the role he may have played. He said, “They’ve analyzed my speech and my words and my final paragraph, my final sentence and everybody to a tee thought it was totally appropriate.” In the speech, he told the crowd they were going to “march on the Capitol.”

In what was then a foreboding comment, Trump said, “And on the impeachment, it’s really a continuation of the greatest witch hunt in the history of politics. It’s ridiculous. It’s absolutely ridiculous. This impeachment is causing tremendous anger,.”

Trump continued, “It’s really a terrible thing that they’re doing for Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer to continue on this path. I think it’s causing tremendous danger to our country, and it’s causing tremendous anger, I want no violence.”

Why this matters: The FBI has warned the country about potential riots that could happen in all 50 capitals and the nation’s capital leading up to the presidential inauguration. President Trump, who has been blamed for inciting violence from his supporters and for failing to accept the election results, quickly flipped the script on the events that may come. He is setting the platform for the impeachment process as the reason for any future protests that cause death and destruction. Furthermore, President Trump has been unusually quiet since the events on Wednesday. There have been no press briefings or interviews, causing many pundits to wonder what is happening inside what is usually a very communicative White House. But Trump isn’t the only politician who has been quiet. Many Republicans have been silent on what they think the president’s role was in the Capitol Hill riots, and have been slow to place any blame on the MAGA movement. Everyone knows politicians are often most concerned with their future careers, and the silence shows their fear in ostracizing what they believe to be a very powerful voter base.