Trump Says His Pre-Breach Rally Speech Was Appropriate, Condemns Efforts to Remove Him

Headline Roundup January 12th, 2021

President Donald Trump told reporters Tuesday that the speech he gave last week before the breach of the U.S. Capitol building "was totally appropriate." He added that "you always have to avoid violence" and called attempts to push him from office "a continuation of the greatest witch hunt in the history of politics." The comments were Trump's first in public since last Wednesday's events. The House of Representatives will vote on impeaching Trump Wednesday for "inciting insurrection" that lead to the deaths of five people during the Capitol breach. Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), the third highest-ranking GOP member of the House, came out in support of removing the president Tuesday afternoon. Meanwhile, federal law enforcement has reportedly opened more than 170 criminal cases in connection with the breach of the U.S. Capitol building; some individuals may be charged with sedition.

Coverage of the news dominated headlines across the spectrum Tuesday. Some left-rated outlets framed Trump's remarks as insensitive; some right-rated sources focused more on Trump's criticism of attempts to remove him from office.

Trump Says His Pre-Breach Rally Speech Was Appropriate, Condemns Efforts to Remove Him

From the Center
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Eight days from the end of his presidency, President Trump expressed no regret for his comments last week ahead of a riot and mob violence at the U.S. Capitol that resulted in the deaths of at least five people and multiple injuries.

"People thought that what I said was totally appropriate," Trump said Tuesday when asked about his role in the siege, despite many at the highest levels of government — Republicans and Democrats — saying otherwise, three of his Cabinet members having resigned and a second impeachment effort now...

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From the Right
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President Trump said Tuesday that Democrats’ second attempt to impeach him over his role in last week’s violence at the Capitol is causing “tremendous anger” before defending the contents of the speech he delivered ahead of the riot, in which he urged his supporters to congregate at the Capitol in a show of “strength.”

“It’s really a continuation of the greatest witch hunt in the history of politics. It’s ridiculous. It’s absolutely ridiculous,” Trump told reporters at the White House as he was leaving for a visit to the southern...

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From the Left
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An unrepentant Donald Trump has denied inciting an insurrection at the US Capitol, in an attempt to shift blame Democrats rejected as “despicable”.

The president spoke to reporters for the first time since a pro-Trump mob rampaged through the Capitol last week, leaving five people dead. Democrats accuse him of stoking violence and could vote to impeach him on Wednesday.

“So if you read my speech – and many people have done it, and I’ve seen it both in the papers and in the media, on television – it’s been...

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