On his way to the southern border of Texas before boarding the plane on Tuesday, Jan. 12, President Trump spoke briefly with reporters about urgent issues of concern to Americans, such as censorship on social media; the defamation he has suffered following the incidents at the Capitol; his thoughts on the second attempt at impeachment, and the wall on the southern border.
The president stressed his administration’s success in building the wall and said there is a desire to expand the wall to continue protecting the United States from the flow of drugs, illegal immigration, and human trafficking.
Trump explained that there is a caravan of illegal immigrants forming because they think they can now enter. “But we’re able to stop it. The wall has made a tremendous difference,” Trump said.
Referring to the Jan. 6 incidents at the Capitol, the president was once again clear about which way he wants to go and advised his supporters: “As far as this is concerned, we want no violence, never violence, we want absolutely no violence.”
On the same day that Trump was heading to Texas, the House of Representatives, led by Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic majority, introduced two articles to impeach the president.
This time Pelosi chose the charges of “high crimes” and “misdemeanors.” In her argument, she quotes a part of Trump’s speech on Capitol Hill on Wednesday where he claims that “we won this election, and we won by a landslide,” which allegedly “incited” a group of people to break into the congressional precinct violently.
“And on the impeachment is really a continuation of the greatest witch hunt in the history of politics. It’s ridiculous, is absolutely ridiculous,” Trump said.
“This impeachment is causing tremendous anger … it’s really a terrible thing that they are doing,” exclaimed the president.
And he warned: “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. I want no violence.”
The president spoke of the “great purge” that began with the suspension of the president’s account on Twitter and then spread to businesses, banks, and all of society, trying to pressure people to turn against the president and his supporters.
“I think that big tech is doing a horrible thing for our country and to our country, and I believe it’s going to be a catastrophic mistake for them,” Trump said.
In May 2020, Trump signed an executive order to modify the scope of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996, which gives Facebook and Twitter immunity. Still, his order never materialized because a judge rejected the measure.
“They are dividing and divisive, and they are showing something that I’ve predicted for a long time, I have been predicting it for a long time. And people didn’t act on it,” the president said. “But I think big tech has made a terrible mistake and very, very bad for our country.”
The president said many people are angry at what Twitter did and what it led to. He also warned that there is a counter move every time something like this happens, but again he called for avoiding violence.
Before boarding the plane, a reporter asked him what his role was in the Capitol incidents, to which Trump responded:
“So if you read my speech, many people have done it, and I have seen it both in the papers, in the media, on television, and it’s been analyzed, and people thought that what I said was totally appropriate.”
The president recalled the riots that occurred after George Floyd’s death in custody, during which many politicians, celebrities, and people of influence from the left incited violence among the people.
“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, Seattle, and various other places … that was a real problem, what they said.”
But under the guise of “social justice,” the mainstream media gave a “peaceful” tone to everything that happened, even as they destroyed businesses and burned down cities. CNN reported the demonstrations as “peaceful.”
“But they analyzed my speech and my words, and my final paragraph, and my final sentence, and everybody to a tee thought it was totally appropriate,” said Trump in conclusion.