American president Donald Trump has distanced himself from taking any responsibility for his supporters’ violence, reiterating that his remarks that led to the demonstration were “totally appropriate.”
“If you read my speech … what I said was totally appropriate,” said Trump as he spoke to Joint Base Andrews on Tuesday.
The riot at the Capitol led to the death of a number of people amongst them a woman who was shot dead during the fracas. Three other people succumbed to injuries.
Donald Trump had urged his supporters to march to the country’s Capitol Hill as the lawmakers were busy tallying electoral college votes in a bid to affirm the victory of president-elect Joe Biden.
The president has continued to spread unsubstantiated claims that the election was fraudulent even after findings from his own government revealed that there was no such a thing.
In the meantime, the president released a video when the rioters were still at the Capitol hill. The video excused the events as he told the rioters: “We love you. You’re very special.”
Trump also stated that social media companies like Facebook and Twitter have made a “catastrophic mistake” in banning him for his incendiary comments to a crowd before it invaded Congress.
“They are making a catastrophic mistake… They’re dividing and divisive and they’re showing something that I’ve been predicting for a long time. On impeachment, Trump said it’s “a really terrible thing that they’re doing. To continue on this path, I think it’s causing tremendous danger to our country, and it’s causing tremendous anger,” he said.
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