Associated Press
Associated Press 12 Jan 2021

Trump takes no responsibility for riot

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Donald Trump on Tuesday took no responsibility for his part in fomenting a violent insurrection last week, despite his comments encouraging supporters to march on the Capitol and praise for them while they were still carrying out the assault. (Jan. 12)

Trump arrived in Texas on Tuesday to trumpet his campaign against illegal immigration in an attempt to burnish his legacy with eight days remaining in his term, as lawmakers in Congress appeared set to impeach him this week for the second time.

In Alamo, Texas, a city in the Rio Grande Valley near the U.S.-Mexican border — the site of the 450th mile of the border wall his administration is building, Trump brushed off Democratic calls on his Cabinet to declare him unfit from office and remove him from power using the 25th Amendment.

"The 25th Amendment is of zero risk to me, but will come back to haunt Joe Biden and the Biden administration," Trump said. "As the expression goes, be careful of what you wish for."

The rampage through the halls of Congress sent lawmakers of both parties and Trump's own vice president into hiding, as crowds called for Mike Pence's lynching for his role overseeing the vote count. The scene also undermined the hallmark of the republic — the peaceful transition of power. At least five people died, including one Capitol Police officer.

Trump angrily lashed out at lawmakers' push for his second impeachment this week, claiming, "It's causing tremendous anger and division and pain far greater than most people will ever understand, which is very dangerous for the USA, especially at this very tender time."

Alamo is named after the San Antonio mission where a small group of Texan independence-fighters fended off Mexican forces during a 13-day siege. Most of them died, but the mission became a symbol of resistance for Texans, who eventually defeated the Mexican army.


During his first appearance in public since the riot at the U.S. Capitol, the president took no responsibility for the violence that took place. The Morning Joe panel discusses. Aired on 1/13/2021.
President Donald Trump is taking no responsibility for his role in fomenting a violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol last week. (Jan. 12)

A Capitol police officer died from injuries suffered in the riot, and police shot a woman during the violence. Three others died in what authorities said were medical emergencies.

Speaking to reporters before traveling to Texas on Tuesday, Trump says his remarks to supporters last week were "totally appropriate."

Minutes before his supporters stormed the Capitol, Trump encouraged them to march on the seat of the nation's government where lawmakers were tallying Electoral College votes affirming President-elect Joe Biden's victory. Trump, for months, had also spread baseless claims that the November election was fraudulent, despite his own administration's findings to the contrary.

As rioters were still in the Capitol, Trump released a video seemingly excusing the events, saying of the rioters: "We love you. You're very special."
President Trump refuses to accept responsibility for his role in fomenting a violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol last week. Speaking to reporters before traveling to Texas on Tuesday, Trump says his remarks to supporters last week were "totally appropriate."
US President Donald Trump denied Tuesday that his speech last week to thousands of supporters, encouraging them to march on Congress, had anything to do with the deadly violence that broke out shortly after. 

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