Saturday, January 16

Donald Trump criticizes ‘assault on free speech’, does not mention impeachment


Instead, the president criticized “the unprecedented assault on freedom of expression” after his own accounts were banned from Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

“Efforts to censor, cancel and blacklist our fellow citizens are wrong and dangerous,” he said.

Trump breaks silence after second impeachment trial
Donald Trump speaks after his second impeachment trial. (Twitter)

“What is needed now is that we listen to each other, not silence ourselves.”

It did not specifically mention the deletion of its own Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts after its posts were seen as encouraging violence.

“After careful review, and in light of concerns about the continued potential for violence, we removed new content uploaded to the Donald J. Trump channel and issued a strike for violating our incitement to violence policies,” said a spokesman for YouTube in a statement.

“As a result, according to our long-standing warning system, the channel is now unable to upload new videos or live streams for a minimum of seven days, which can be extended.”

President Donald Trump on a television monitor in an empty press conference room at the White House in Washington.
President Donald Trump on a television monitor in an empty press conference room at the White House in Washington. (AP)

Trump also condemned the violence on Capitol Hill in the immediate aftermath of a rally in which he asked his supporters to march into the building in an effort to block the certification of election results.

“No true supporter of mine could support political violence,” he said.

“No true supporter of mine could ever threaten or harass his fellow Americans.”

He promised that everyone involved in the attacks would be brought to justice.

He also warned anyone considering acts of violence in the run-up to Joe Biden’s inauguration, though he did not say the name of the president-elect.

“There must be no violence, transgression of the law or vandalism of any kind,” said the outgoing president.

“In Washington DC we are bringing thousands of members of the National Guard.”

There are currently more US troops in Washington DC than in Afghanistan.

Earlier today, 10 Republicans joined the entire Democratic caucus of the House of Representatives to impeach Trump.

Trump is the first president to be indicted twice.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, signs the articles of impeachment.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, signs the articles of impeachment. (AP)

“No one is above the law, not even the president of the United States,” he said.

“Donald Trump is a clear and present danger to our country.”

He also appointed a group of members of Congress to serve as impeachment administrators for the trial that will take place in the Senate.

But Trump will not be removed from office early as a result of the impeachment, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said there is no time to do so.

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“Given the Senate rules, procedures, and precedent governing presidential impeachment trials, there is simply no chance that a fair or serious trial will conclude before President-elect Biden is sworn in next week,” said Senator McConnell it’s a statement.

“The Senate has held three presidential impeachment trials. They have lasted 83 days, 37 days and 21 days respectively.”

Senator McConnell said the next seven days should focus on an orderly transition.

By the time Biden takes office, Senator McConnell will lose his job as Senate leader and the Democrats will take over.


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