President Donald Trump doubled down Tuesday on the incendiary rhetoric that incited the Capitol riot, warning darkly that it was dangerous to the United States for him to be impeached for his conduct.
Trump also claimed that his inflammatory comments at a rally shortly before the invasion of the halls of Congress by thousands of his supporters on Wednesday were not harmful.
“People thought what I said was totally appropriate,” Trump told reporters when he was asked what his personal responsibility was for the violence.
The riot came after he and his family members urged supporters at a rally to fight with him to reverse Joe Biden’s Electoral College win.
In his comments before departing for Texas on Tuesday, Trump again used the type of language that critics say fueled the mob, calling the planned impeachment by the Democratic-led House “really a continuation of the greatest witch hunt in politics.”