(TheFreedomFlag)- People around the country have worried that more political violence could soon emerge. With the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden looming next Wednesday, and President Donald Trump being impeached for a second time this week, there are many reasons that some may try to act out with violence.
On Wednesday, though, while his impeachment trial was going on in the House of Representatives, Trump released a statement that urged people against using violence if they decide to protest.
The president’s statement, which he first released to Fox News, said:
“In light of reports of more demonstrations, I urge that there must be NO violence, NO lawbreaking and NO vandalism of any kind.
“That is not what I stand for, and it is not what America stands for. I call on ALL Americans to help ease tensions and calm tempers. Thank You.”
Normally, Trump would send messages to his supporters and the rest of the country through his social media accounts. But he has been barred from the main social media accounts of Twitter, Facebook and Instagram (temporarily) and YouTube.
As such, he hasn’t been able to get out his messages as quickly and directly as he used to be able to. That forced the White House press office to send the president’s statement to Fox News directly and then distribute it to other reporters immediately following.
While Trump was releasing his message, Ronna McDaniel, the chair of the Republican National Committee, released a similar one. She said:
“Violence has no place in our politics. Period. I wholly condemned last week’s senseless acts of violence, and I strongly reiterate the calls to remain peaceful in the weeks ahead.”
During debate on the House floor over Trump’s impeachment, Republican Representative Jim Jordan of Ohio read the president’s speech. He was using it as proof that Trump did not, and would not, incite violence of any kind.
Trump eventually did become the first president in history to be impeached twice. The House voted in favor of impeaching him on the grounds of “incitement of violence,” with 10 Republicans joining every House Democrat in the vote.
Tensions have been at high levels in recent weeks. That culminated last Wednesday when a joint session of Congress met to certify the results of the Electoral College.
Hours before that process was to start, Trump held a rally with his supporters in Washington, D.C. The protesters then marched to the U.S. Capitol building. Eventually, the protest turned violent, with people storming into the Capitol building, breaking through barricades and breaking windows and doors to get in.
While inside, they ransacked the building and caused a lot of disruption. Both chambers of Congress went on lockdown until the situation was under control. In its wake, many people were injured and five were left dead.
House Democrats charged that Trump not only did nothing to urge people to not be violent, but he encouraged it. As such, they moved forward with their impeachment proceedings, which proved successful.
Since then, though, the president has done nothing but condemn the insurrection and urge for peace.