Trump actually issued 'insincere, very belated' statement against political violence – but people aren't buying it
President Donald Trump Wednesday afternoon issued a very short statement against any violence barely one hour before the House of Representatives will vote to impeach him, for a second time. But he was immediately criticized for what he did not say in his remarks.
"He does not tell the militias and other armed protestors not to come to DC," tweeted former Special Counsel to the Dept. of Defense Ryan Goodman. "He does not do anything to counteract The Big Lie (that the election was stolen) which remains the key mobilizing myth that's propelling the political violence."
"If the man had any interest at all in easing tensions and calming tempers," tweeted Will Wilkinson, a contributing NY Times opinion writer and a think tank VP, "he'd hold a televised press conference conceding the election, communicating that there was no evidence of fraud, that Biden will legitimately take office on the 20th, and there's no reason to protest it."
There's nothing in the least complicated about this. Anybody who tries to shift the focus to anything but the fact… https://t.co/QxAbyzj8US— Will Wilkinson 🌐 (@Will Wilkinson 🌐)1610565365.0
But it was historian Michael Beschloss who truly excoriated President Trump:
If that anodyne, insincere, very belated anti-violence statement is the best Trump can do to stave off impeachment… https://t.co/4JPNaJt6bT— Michael Beschloss (@Michael Beschloss)1610564887.0
We can presume that Trump didn’t write that anti-violence statement just issued in his name — question is whether he's actually read it.— Michael Beschloss (@Michael Beschloss)1610564730.0
There will be Trump supporters who will interpret this statement as first and foremost a call for more demonstratio… https://t.co/z1t9P7JaZS— Arieh Kovler (@Arieh Kovler)1610564632.0
Under pressure, Trump just released a statement to Fox News calling for no more violence. This is unacceptable. I… https://t.co/75paIzjksL— Keith Boykin (@Keith Boykin)1610564258.0
Trump's statement that calls "on ALL Americans to help ease tensions and calm tempers" is 273 characters. A tweet… https://t.co/asMzd4b66H— Chris Cioffi (@Chris Cioffi)1610564865.0
The new statement from Trump telling "ALL Americans" to "calm tempers" is pretty empty considering he was threateni… https://t.co/gEO7AmuIiY— Kaili Joy Gray (@Kaili Joy Gray)1610564658.0
Trump campaign just texted out the president’s statement calling for “NO violence, NO lawbreaking and NO vandalism… https://t.co/VMkGigIFYR— Christian Datoc (@Christian Datoc)1610566189.0
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