Just hours after he became the first president in U.S. history to be impeached twice, President Donald Trump released a video condemning the violent insurrection he fomented at the Capitol last week.
The video came out Wednesday after ten House Republicans joined with 232 Democrats to vote to impeach Trump for a second time.
Sitting behind the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office, Trump said: “I want to be very clear: I unequivocally condemn the violence that we saw last week.” He says, “Like all of you I was shocked and deeply saddened by the calamity.”
He said that “Making America Great again was always about following the rule of law” and being respectful to law enforcement.
“No true supporter of mine could ever support political violence,” he said. “No true supporter of mine could disrespect law enforcement or our great American flag.”
Trump claimed that those who do things like this aren’t supporting the MAGA movement but “attacking it.” He asked his supporters to find ways to “ease tensions” and “calm tempers and help to promote peace in our country.”
Trump said that he wants people to continue to protest, but that “there must be no violence, no law-breaking and no vandalism of any kind.”
He closed by attacking Democrats for an “attack on the First Amendment” and attempts to “censor, cancel or blacklist” people.
Trump made no reference to becoming the first president in the nation’s history to be impeached twice, nor did he acknowledge that Joe Biden won the election legitimately.