President Trump can’t convey his messaging via Twitter anymore, so Tuesday he stepped up to the microphone on the South Lawn before heading a trip to Mexico, and spoke directly to reporters. The topic was the impeachment effort currently going on in the House of Representatives, led by Nancy Pelosi. “The impeachment, it’s really a continuation of the greatest witch hunt in the history of politics. It’s ridiculous. It’s absolutely ridiculous,” Trump said before heading off to tour the US-Mexico border.
The impeachment proceedings may seem petty and pointless, but like everything that goes on in Washington, it is politically motivated. If Trump were to be impeached by the House, it would not have a chance of going to a trial in the Senate until after January 20, when Trump will be officially replaced by Joe Biden. But if a Democratic controlled Senate could convict him, Trump would not be allowed to hold public office again. That would wipe out any chances of running for President in 2024.
When Trump arrived at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, he once again spoke to reporters. The topic this time was whether Trump felt he had something to do with the riot, and if he incited the mob with his words. “They’ve analyzed my speech and my words and my final paragraph, my final sentence. And everybody to the tee thought it was totally appropriate,” Trump said.
The fallout from Wednesday’s violence has been overwhelming. Two cabinet members – Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos resigned from their positions. Trump has since been banned from almost every social media platform, and the House is full go on trying to impeach him.