President Donald Trump made history on Wednesday night, becoming the first-ever President to be impeached twice, although question marks still remain over the true legitimacy of these charges.
However, on Wednesday, as the House of Representatives met and debated the article of impeachment, the White House and the President’s son Eric Trump released a statement on the President’s behalf, since he is unable to communicate directly with the nation he leads via social media.
Trump: No violence, No lawbreaking, No vandalism
The statement, posted via the White House website, read:
“In light of reports of more demonstrations, I urge that there must be NO violence, NO lawbreaking and NO vandalism of any kind. That is not what I stand for, and it is not what America stands for. I call on ALL Americans to help ease tensions and calm tempers. Thank You.”
This statement was then read on the floor of the House by the Republican Rep. for Ohio, Jim Jordan.
The House voted by a majority to impeach President Trump for a second time, with 10 Republicans turning against their party’s President to vote against him.
The impeachment now moves to a trial on January 19th, one day before Trump is due to leave the office.
However, it is unlikely that the Senate will vote to convict since 17 Republicans are needed to vote for a two-thirds majority.
Why has Trump been impeached?
The Democrats moved quickly to impeach the President under the charge of ‘inciting an insurrection’ after last week’s Capitol Hill riots, even when a Covid relief bill that millions of Americans desperately need is still sitting on the House floor.
They believe, and the media parroted this belief, that President Trump, in his speech to protesters at the ‘March to Save America’, directly incited the violence that followed, after he told his supporters to march on the Capitol building.
So, what did he say?
“After this, we’re going to walk down and I’ll be there with you. We’re going to walk down–We’re going to walk down. Anyone you want, but I think right here, we’re going to walk down to the Capitol–And we’re going to cheer on our brave senators and congressmen and women and we’re probably not going to be cheering so much for some of them.
Because you’ll never take back our country with weakness. You have to show strength and you have to be strong. We have come to demand that Congress do the right thing and only count the electors who have been lawfully slated. Lawfully slated.
I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard. Today, we will see whether Republicans stand strong for integrity of our elections. But whether or not they stand strong for our country, our country. Our country has been under siege for a long time. Far longer than this four-year period.”
The greatest witch hunt in American history
The ending of his speech is when the President told his supporters to march on the Capitol, however, he says ‘peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard’.
So where is the incitement of an insurrection?
Where does President Trump explicitly say ‘We need to storm the Capitol and stop this from happening’?
The impeachment argument is a shoddy one that’s based on very little evidence.
The claim that Trump has incited violence holds no ground when compared to other speeches from people like Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, who supported and egged on BLM whilst they were rioting up and down the country.
The Democrats have shown themselves up with this impeachment, focusing more on running it through the House to remove Trump from office, even though the trial won’t begin until one day before his term ends.
The argument that Trump’s unfit to hold office has lost basis, and millions of unemployed Americans will remember that the Democrats preferred to pass a hollow impeachment over a Covid relief bill.