President Trump maintains that his remarks to supporters before they stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday was “totally appropriate.”
Trump told reporters as he departed Joint Base Andrews, “They’ve analyzed my speech and my words and my final paragraph, my final sentence, and everybody, to the T, thought it was totally appropriate.”
The president has yet to acknowledge his own role in the violence last where his supporters clashed with law enforcement and broke into the building.
Trump spent weeks refusing to concede to Democrat Joe Biden and insisted the election had been “stolen.”
On Wednesday, Trump held a rally at the Ellipse just outside the White House.
Trump told the crowd then, “We’re going to walk down to the Capitol and we’re going to cheer on our brave senators and congressmen and women, and we’re probably not going to be cheering so much for some of them.”
He continued, “Because you’ll never take back our country with weakness. You have to show strength and you have to be strong. We have come to demand that Congress do the right thing and only count the electors who have been lawfully slated. I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard.”