US President Donald Trump called for unity on Wednesday in a video on Twitter, but did not respond to the historic second impeachment procedure initiated by Parliaments lower house a few hours before. The Democrats and some Republicans want Trump to be deposed because of his role in storming the Capitol by his supporters last week.
In the video, Trump once again condemned the attack on the parliament building. Although on the evening in question he was sending changing signals to his followers, Trump says in Wednesdays video that a “true supporter” of him would not tolerate political violence and that the stormers “do not support our movement.”
The President calls on all those who support his policy to try to alleviate social tensions. Trump further called on the Americans to “get over the passions of the moment”.
Although the second impeachment procedure is not mentioned by Trump, the difference in the video with its usual tone and rhetoric is striking. On Tuesday, the outgoing president still seemed to be confident when he said, in a speech in front of the Mexican border wall, that he was not worried about an accelerated deposition procedure. That procedure, not the impeachment, but a deposition procedure for cases where the president can no longer perform his duties, is “zero risk to me,” Trump said Tuesday.
The video was posted on a Twitter page called The White House. Trumps own account and page was suspended by Twitter as a result of the storm of the Capitol.