Donald Trump does not take responsibility for Capitol riots during visit to Texas
In part because of having no social media platform to use, Donald Trump has mostly been silent following the riots that occurred at the Capitol last week by a mob of people that supported him. During his visit to Texas, the outgoing president denies taking responsibility for the riots, standing by his incendiary remarks.
Trump traveled to Texas this week to visit parts of the border wall that have been in construction, as part of his immigration policy. In what would be his first public address, Trump stood by the remarks he made hours prior to the storming of the Capitol by the mob, denying any responsibility for inciting the violence. In an attempt to shift the blame that was mostly directed at him and his allies, Trump said that his speech was appropriate and tried to compare it to the Black Lives Matter protests that occurred in the country last year. The latter was mostly a peaceful protest yet law enforcement was fully deployed compared to last week’s riots.
Despite saying that an orderly transition to Joe Biden would be done, Trump still stands by the unfounded claim that the election was stolen from him or rigged. Democrats in Congress have since rejected his attempt to shift the blame, and some lawmakers have already drafted articles of impeachment that are slowly gaining traction amongst their Republican counterparts. Both Republican leadership in Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy have reportedly considered censuring or voting to impeach. Senior Republican Congresswoman Liz Cheney was also among the members of the House that have called for Trump to resign.
The riots at the Capitol have also become the tipping point for companies that have donated to Republicans, now including Trump. Deutsche Bank is the latest among the companies that have decided to cut ties to the outgoing president. The bank has backed the Trump Organization for years and has survived scandals with Trump, who has accused them a few times before. Deutsche Bank refused to elaborate after the New York Times reported on its break from Trump. It has yet to be seen if this would also apply to Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner, who are also clients of the bank.