Trump Breaks Silence To Rage At Reporters During Morning Meltdown

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On Tuesday, before leaving the White House on his way to the southern border, outgoing President Donald Trump freaked out to reporters about the impeachment proceedings that House Democrats have started after the violence at the Capitol that he helped incite. The House did, of course, impeach him once already, and a second impeachment for the same president would be a first in American history. Trump insisted that the latest impeachment proceedings are “causing tremendous danger to our country,” as if he’s trying to preemptively blame Democrats for violent acts that his own supporters may commit in the near future.

Among other comments, Trump also characterized the latest impeachment proceedings, hinging on a charge of inciting an insurrection, as a “continuation of the greatest witch hunt in the history of politics.” In other words, he put his pathological egomania on full display — a series of investigations launched in response to duly documented behavior of the president and his allies do not constitute a “witch hunt” according to any reasonable estimation. There have been actual witch hunts in American history! More recently, there have also been investigative crazes like Joseph McCarthy’s anti-Communist crusade.

Trump petulantly commented as follows:

‘As far as this is concerned, we want no violence — never violence. We want absolutely no violence. 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, and you’re doing it, and 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 county and it’s causing tremendous anger. I want no violence.’

Check out his comments below:

In the immediate aftermath of the deadly Capitol rioting, Trump justified what took place, writing via his since-removed Twitter account that “these are the things and events” that take place when an election victory is stolen — which, of course, did not take place, no matter Trump’s claims to the contrary.

On Tuesday, at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland before his trip to Texas, Trump tried to deflect responsibility for inciting the Capitol rioters, although they operated under the explicit pretense of his lies about the election and calls to urgent action. Trump commented as follows, discussing a speech that he gave at an outdoor event in D.C. before the riot:

‘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’s been analyzed and people thought that what I said was totally appropriate, and if you look at what other people have said — politicians at a high level — about the riots during the summer, the horrible riots in Portland and Seattle and various other places, that was a real problem.’

Watch his comments below:

The Republican insistence that Democrats have provided cover for violent rioters is such a tired trope. Clearly, there’s little that Democratic leaders could even do to get Republicans like Trump to accept that they’re against violent rioting, because top Democrats have unequivocally condemned riots over and over and over. Trump is the one who publicly justified an attack on the Capitol.