Trump Makes First On-Camera Appearance In Days

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President Donald Trump made his first on-camera appearance in several days following a week of total chaos in Washington DC.

In his new chat with reporters, he doubled down on denouncing all forms of violence.

“I want no violence,” Trump told reporters.

“We want no violence, never violence, absolutely no violence. On the impeachment, it’s really a continuation of the greatest witch hunt in the history of politics…I think it’s causing tremendous danger to our country…I want no violence,’ Trump said before boarding his plane to Texas.

Trump also called Democrats push for impeachment “absolutely ridiculous.”

“This impeachment is causing tremendous anger and they’re doing it, and it’s really a terrible thing that they’re doing,” Trump said. He added that the move to impeach him, on a charge of inciting insurrection over the Capitol attack, was a continuation of the “witch hunt” against him.


The Articles of Impeachment titled, “Incitement of Insurrection” is expected to be introduced Monday by Democrat Reps. David Ciciline, Ted Lieu, and Jamie Raskin.

NBC News tweeted: “FINAL DRAFT of the article of impeachment against President Trump, titled ‘Incitement of Insurrection.’ The article is expected to be introduced Monday by Reps. Ciciline, Lieu, and Raskin, and has more than 200 Democratic co-sponsors.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced on Sunday night that Democrats will stage a vote to impeach President Donald Trump for supposedly encouraging mob violence at the Capitol last week.

Pelosi said the Democrats’ preferred response to the attack on the U.S. Capitol is for Vice President Mike Pence to remove Trump by invoking the 25th Amendment.

But in a letter to fellow Democrats, the Speaker vowed to bring a vote on impeachment in the absence of action by Pence, setting the stage for a historic first: the impeachment of a president for the second time in his tenure.

“In protecting our Constitution and our Democracy, we will act with urgency, because this President represents an imminent threat to both,” Pelosi wrote in the letter. “As the days go by, the horror of the ongoing assault on our democracy perpetrated by this President is intensified and so is the immediate need for action.”

Pelosi, who was personally targeted by some members of the pro-Trump mob in Wednesday’s insurrection, laid out the Democrats’ strategy for the days ahead.

“If we do not receive Unanimous Consent, this [Raskin] legislation is planned to be brought up on the Floor the following day. We are calling on the Vice President to respond within 24 hours,” Pelosi wrote.

“Next, we will proceed with bringing impeachment legislation to the Floor,” she added.