Trump impeachment news – live: President claims true MAGA supporters aren’t violent as he faces Senate trial

Donald Trump impeached for second time after historic House vote

Donald Trump has told MAGA followers that if they truly support him, they will not engage in “mob violence”. In a video posted to the White House Twitter account after he was impeached for the second time, the president appeared chastened but was unrepentant about his role in last week’s Capitol riot.

“No true supporter of mine could ever endorse political violence,” Mr Trump intoned. He added that “making America great again has always been about defending the rule of law … and upholding our nation’s most sacred traditions and values” – a claim undermined by his months-long attempt to overturn the result of a fair election.

Mr Trump appended a complaint about being banned from social media to the message, describing it as “an unprecedented assault on free speech”.

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Catch up: House impeaches Donald Trump for inciting a bloody insurrection at the US Capitol

The US House of Representatives has impeached Donald Trump for fomenting a deadly insurrection at the Capitol on 6 January 2021, making him the first president in the nation’s history to be impeached twice.

Every Democrat in the chamber voted for the lone impeachment article, which officially accuses the president of “incitement to insurrection”, write Griffin Connolly and Chris Riotta.

Ten of a total 211 House Republicans joined them.

Jon Sharman14 January 2021 07:56

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