Watch: Trump Claps Back At Impeachment Dems For Starting Another 'Witch Hunt'
President Donald Trump on Tuesday broke his silence after last Wednesday's deadly riots at the U.S. Capitol and said that he has no intention of resigning — and that Democrats are courting "tremendous danger" by attempting a second impeachment.
The president also defended the speech he made immediately preceding the riots, saying that many people believed his remarks were "totally appropriate."
Trump spoke out against the impeachment for the first time while boarding the Marine One in preparation for a trip to Alamo Texas where he is set to inspect the United State's southern border one last time as President.
"If you read my speech — and many people have done it, and I've seen it both in the papers and in the media, on television — it has been analyzed, and people thought that what I said was totally appropriate," he insisted. "They've analyzed my speech and my words and my final paragraph, my final sentence, and everybody to a T thought it was totally appropriate."
The president also said that Democrats were only creating "tremendous danger" with their attempt to remove him from office.
"I want no violence — never violence," Trump added. "We want absolutely no violence."
He continued, "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 called out House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer specifically, saying "It's a really 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."
On Tuesday, to much surprise, vice president Mike Pence rejected for a second time Pelosi's call to invoke the 25th amendment. Pence was under great pressure by Democrats to declare the President unsound so that Democrats could seize the White House and block Trump in any future runs for president.
Democrata are seeking impeachment for a second time on the ground that President Trump incited the violence that took place during the raid on the Capitol on January 6th.
The specific part of Trump's speech that Dems are calling inciteful was the conclusion of the rally. Where Trump said, "So we are going to walk down Pennsylvania Avenue ... and we are going to the Capitol. And we are going to try and give — the Democrats are hopeless, they are never voting for anything, not even one vote — but we are going to try to give our Republicans, the weak ones, because the strong ones don't need any of our help, going to try and give them the kind of pride and boldness that they need to take back our country. So let's walk down Pennsylvania Avenue."
In a video that has since been removed on Twitter Trump urged protesters to go home, "We love you, you're very special. I know your pain. I know you're hurt. We had an election that was stolen from us. It was a landslide election and everyone knows it. Especially the other side. But you have to go home now. We have to have peace."
A day after the riots — which reportedly were connected to the deaths of five people — Trump issued a second video statement on the matter.
"Those who violently besieged our Capitol, who are the opposite of everything this administration stands for, the core value of our administration is the idea that all citizens have the right to live and safety, peace and freedom," he said. "Those who are working in this building are working to ensure an orderly transition of power. Now it is time for America to unite to come together to reject the violence that we have seen, we are one American people, full, under God."
The act of impeaching Trump isn't just political theater. Democrats are aiming to ultimately end a future Trump run for President. While I don't see how they will ever have their way- an impeachment would also rob the President of special benefits allotted to all former presidents. Like secret service protection.