With the House set to impeach, President Donald Trump is blaming Democratic congressional foes for “tremendous anger” in the country and last week's deadly attack on the Capitol by his supporters after he urged them on their way.
The embattled president, in his first remarks to reporters since last week's attack, took no responsibility Tuesday for the deadly mob invasion of the building but also said he wanted “no violence.” Trump defended his fiery rally remarks to a protest crowd last week as “totally appropriate,” and he showed no remorse for the following attack, the most serious and deadly domestic incursion at the Capitol in the nation's history. On impeachment, Trump said it’s “a really terrible thing that they’re doing.” “To continue on this path, I think it’s causing tremendous danger to our country, and it’s causing tremendous anger," he said. "I want no violence. The president spoke as he left for Texas to survey the border wall with Mexico. He took no questions.
Impeachment ahead, the House on Tuesday will first try to convince the vice president and Cabinet to act even more quickly to remove Trump from office, warning he is a threat to democracy in the remaining days of his presidency. House lawmakers are reconvening at the Capitol for the first time since the deadly pro-Trump riot to approve a resolution calling on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to declare the president unable to serve. Pence is not expected to take any such action. The House would next move swiftly to impeach Trump. Trump faces a single charge - “incitement of insurrection” - in the impeachment resolution that the House will begin debating Wednesday, a week before Democrat Joe Biden is set to be inaugurated, Jan. 20.
Today on AirTalk, we’ll catch you up on the last 24 hours in national politics, look ahead to the Congressional proceedings tonight and tomorrow regarding the 25th Amendment and article of impeachment, respectively, plus we’ll hear from a national security expert about how Inauguration Day might look from a safety perspective following last week’s events.
George Thomas, professor of American Political Institutions at Claremont McKenna College
M. Tia Johnson, visiting professor of law and former director of the National Security Law Program at Georgetown Law; she served in the Obama Administration as the Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (2015-2017)