President Donald Trump on Tuesday released a virtual farewell address to the nation, describing himself as the “only true outsider ever to win the presidency,” ahead of his reluctant departure from office Wednesday.
Trump, who will leave the White House with about his lowest approval rating yet, took a victory lap for his single term in office in his final address.
He commended his response to the coronavirus which has resulted in more than 400,000 deaths nationwide and lauded his record cracking down on immigration which saw thousands of immigrant children ripped from their parents and put in detention centers.
Trump’s remarks come after his second impeachment in just over a year. The House of Representatives voted to impeach him last week for having incited a violent mob to storm the U.S. Capitol during the certification of his opponent’s White House victory. A Senate trial is expected to begin soon.
“America is not a timid nation of tame souls who need to be sheltered and protected from those with whom we disagree,” Trump said in the nearly 20-minute address posted to YouTube.
“That’s not who we are. It will never be who we are,” he said, railing against what he and other Republicans have decried as “cancel culture.”
Full excerpts from President Trump’s farewell speech pic.twitter.com/cBR7WfeDiN
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Trump also bragged that he built the greatest movement in history and the “greatest economy in the history of the world.”
“Now, as I prepare to hand power over to a new administration at Noon on Wednesday, I want you to know that the movement we started is only just beginning,” he said.
At no point did he accept responsibility for his failures with the COVID-19 crisis, the Capitol insurrection or the slew of other horrific things he did while in office that hurt so many Americans.