Trump's grip on GOP loosens as No. 3 Republican backs impeachment

Trump blasts 'ridiculous' impeachment, says remarks before deadly Capitol riot 'appropriate'

1/13/2021 2:33:00 AM

Trump blasts 'ridiculous' impeachment, says remarks before deadly Capitol riot 'appropriate'

Trump speaks publicly for the first time since his supporters' assault on the Capitol, as the House prepares to impeach him a second time.

WASHINGTON — As President Trump denied responsibility for the U.S. Capitol riot that left five people dead and the FBI vowed to prosecute hundreds of his supporters who took part in the attack, the No. 3 House GOP leader announced she was voting for impeachment.

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It marked the starkest Republican defection yet and could open the door for other GOP House members to join Democrats during Wednesday night’s historic impeachment vote.“The president of the United States summoned this mob, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack. Everything that followed was his doing,” Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) said in statement. “There has never been a greater betrayal by a president of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution.”

Earlier in the day, Trump, making his first public appearance since the Jan. 6 attack, strongly denied inciting his supporters and denounced the move to impeach him a second time.Advertisement“The impeachment hoax is a continuation of the greatest and most vicious witch hunt in the history of our country,” Trump said, heading to a trip to Alamo, Texas to visit the border wall. “It’s causing tremendous anger, division and pain, far greater than most people will ever understand, which is very dangerous for the USA, especially at this very tender time.” He insisted his speech to supporters shortly before the melee was “totally appropriate.”

It was not the kind of contrition some Republicans hoped to hear and seemed to accelerate Trump’s loss of power and influence in the final days of his presidency.By late afternoon, Rep. John Katko, a moderate Republican from upstate New York, became the first in his party to announce he would vote to impeach Trump. Cheney become the second, followed by Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois. Nearly a dozen others are thought to be weighing a vote for impeachment.

That’s a stark contrast from 2019, when no House Republican dared vote to impeach Trump for his pressuring of Ukrainian government officials to investigate then-presidential rival and now President-elect Joe Biden. That unity was long a source of pride for Trump.

AdvertisementDemocratic lawmakers have prepared a single article of impeachment, accusing the president of inciting an insurrection. With Democratic-control of the chamber and expected GOP defections, Trump is all but certain to become the only U.S. president impeached twice.

Amid heightened security concerns, metal detectors were installed at the entrance to the House chamber Tuesday night. The detection-wanding of lawmakers for weapons was yet another ignominious first in the Capitol, triggered by widespread concern of renewed violence surrounding the vote and next week’s inauguration.

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The FBI warned Monday of armed pro-Trump protests planned for all 50 state capitols and the U.S. Capitol in coming days.Federal prosecutors said Tuesday they have opened a broad investigation of possible sedition and conspiracy in connection with the attack at the Capitol. More than 170 case files have been opened by the FBI, with charges filed already against more than 70 people.

AdvertisementMichael Sherwin, the acting U.S. attorney in Washington, said at a press briefing that the number of people charged will likely “grow into the hundreds,”“We’re looking at significant felony cases tied to sedition” and conspiracy that could carry prison terms of up to 20 years, Sherwin said.

In an extraordinary message to all members of the armed forces Tuesday, the military’s top leadership called the Jan. 6 Capitol riot “a direct assault on the U.S. Congress, the Capitol building and our constitutional process.”The email message, signed by Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs, and the uniformed heads of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Space Force and National Guard, emphasized that Biden would be inaugurated next week and become commander- in-chief.

AdvertisementThe military leaders told troops that their job was to “support and defend the Constitution,” adding that “any act to disrupt the constitutional process is not only against our traditions, values, and oath; it is against the law.” Read more: Los Angeles Times »

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For example, Trump is asked: “You have 2 burgers and Joe has 4 burgers. Who has more burgers?” Trump replies: “Of course I have more. I won!” The burgers were counted again. Delivery has been verified. “Who has more burgers?” - “I won!” He just described Trump. Many of Trump’s sayings are completely absurd. This is typical of mentally ill people.

SethAbramson „..or mental incapacitation...“ uhm!? Sit! Good boy🙄 And you believe that the man isn't mentally incapacitated? Why? Isn't living in an alternate reality a reason? Pence needs to grow a pair. Find your backbone while you are at it. What an embarrassment. labeling Trump mentally incapacitated could be used as an excuse later on to avoid prison time. stop complaining about Pence's decision he is doing everyone a favor.

The impeachment is a purge that the Republican Party so much needed. It is a blessing in disguise at this time. Now for them to look for fresh leaders, fresh blood not those that are tired worn out were hoppers, and enablers that are not sound in the eyes of the public. This in preachment of Donald Trump is better in disguise for the rebirthing, revamping & redevelopment of the Republican Party image in the political landscape. Since he refused to take responsibility for his actions such will be good for public image to stimulate peace.

I can understand why to a degree, Pence already has a price on his head from last week.... It would be Suicide Hey, Pence, ScottLeMagicien Mental incapacitation. He does not truly know wrong f/right. usurpation VENEZUELA ROTTEN MAN IS PLAYING HUNGER GAMES. The man who held high office for four years and contributed absolutely zero

But the man is already. SethAbramson Translation: Go ahead with impeachment. Pence still thinks Trump's base will vote for him in 2024. He's completely clueless. If that MF isn't out of his goddam mind, I don't know who is! IntuitiveLB Agreed. Invoking the 14th is for that. Well then WTF constitutes “mental incapacitation”? Asking as a psychologist.

Uhh...okay. So let's get it. SethAbramson Pot meet kettle notsurprised weak After they all came after him to hang him or kill him, whatever. He's still covering his ass. That's his right, so don't harass him over it, you crazy WPPL... SethAbramson Pence is correct about the purpose of the 25A. Dems: do your job and impeach. 25A was never gonna happen. The remedy has always been impeachment. ImpeachTrumpNow

Well there you go...can't get much loonier than that orange head case! Of course we all knew this fly trap wouldn't do a darn thing! So Pence remains the loyal bootlicker Love the sad Pence in the photo. Thats a sad face if I have ever seen one 😕 SethAbramson I think it can be argued that Trump is 'mentally incapacitated.'

So watching the damage done to our democracy on television as the chief executive did, doesn’t that qualify as mental incompetence? SethAbramson PenceIsACoward 🐔🐔🐔💩💩💩💩🤬🤬🤬🤬 Does he need the phrase “mental incapacitation“ explained to him LesRhoads trump angry with him, life threatened, had meeting with trump, announces he will not invoke the 25th amendment..I always thought trump had dirt on him, I wonder what it is?

Sci247 Maybe, when you see the world through glasses of incompetence, you are unable to recognize mental incapacitation in others...? SethAbramson This decision to not invoke the 25th will follow Pence and his grandchildren as a permanent stain on their family name. He fears for his life.' You play stupid games and you win stupid prizes '

ProjectLincoln uhhh Mental capacity?!?! He’s been a narcissistic sociopath since forever! Halp!!! well, there go the rest of his gonads, just when there was hope SethAbramson “Mental incapacitation”. Hello?!! SethAbramson What a candyazz chicken💩... you’re done Pence. Do you know the terrorists were looking for you? What a dip💩

Hmm I think we’re at mental incapacitation SethAbramson I gather Pence is also mentally incapacitated given he wrote this. Whatever trumpet support from now on and whatever happens Pence should be accountable for accomplishment 👍 America while Trump and his cults getting hit and losing business we still want to see his taxes!

SethAbramson Snowflake! The man had them hunting for him. Noose outside ready to go. His daughter could have been hurt and yet he couldn’t find it in him to invoke 25. Now that’s a definition of a coward walking around in a suit. I wondered how his wife feels about it? SethAbramson Pense is dense. DJT is mentally incapacitated. Hard to believe that Pense of all people doesn't realize that.

This should be challenged, as Pence is not a Psychiatrist & he has no idea just how sick & dangerous Trump is. There are 27 Psychiatrists & Psychologists who can attest to this. VP should do the right thing for our country. He IS mentally incapacitated. That’s the point. Certainly mental incapacitation qualifies does it not?

Pushing the US into political uncertainty and chaos is the most important thing which enemies of America wanted, to weaken the free world, that unfortunately many Democrats demand by targeting Trump .. SethAbramson Head where it's always been. Firmly up Trump's ass. The accompanying photo of Pence looking like a de-beaked chicken is 🤌. Impeachment & removal it is.

Reconsider/let’s just remove both Trump & Pence for mental incapacity, 🤦‍♀️ He’s a good man. SethAbramson Yes man No shit, Pence. Is mental incapacitation not what’s happening here? SethAbramson They are setting it up to spin it Biden isn’t mentally competent. Mental incapacitation? I’m pretty sure Trump’s met the clinical criteria for mental incapacitation about 3 1/2yrs ago. 🙄

Cowardly to the end SethAbramson Good. I don’t Trumps mental capacity during this time period questioned. I don’t want anything to be used as evidence that he wasn’t able to form the necessary intent. SethAbramson Perhaps ask mother to give your balls back for a moment SethAbramson And his inabilities to conduct his duties. He has been shrugging his duties.

SethAbramson All Trump did was have people shout were is Pence and hang Pence whats wrong with that? LOTS SethAbramson Being around all those religious zealots, I could see how Pence can't tell the difference. Shame Mr Pence And with that we are witnesses to the worst POTUS/VPOTUS team in history. Does this make Pence a Cuck? pencethecuck Pencetheswordfighter Pencethemushroomheadhunter

SethAbramson Mental incapacitation is clearly valid consideration with the President. If enablers were not as incapacitated themselves they would easily assert the 25th Amendment on that count. Insurrection and sedition are two other fine reasons to use the 25th Amendment on Traitor Trump. Dear leader is not mental enough?

SethAbramson The 25th would be a gift. Impeach! SethAbramson Mike - dude - your mob boss is mentally incapacitated... we’re you threatened by someone not to act? Come clean dude! SethAbramson SethAbramson I hear Mike Pence was just cast as BigPussy in the new Sopranos reboot. By forcing every GOP Rep to vote for/against on whether it’s okay for a President to incite a deadly treacherous insurrection, Pence may have just put the nail in the coffin of the careers of any that side with Trump. Personal ambition, over party, over country, I guess.

Mike_Pence doesn't have the sense God gave to dogs! Carolyn59G Is he trying to say that Trump ISN'T mentally incapacitated? SethAbramson Is it just me, or does Pence look like he's aged about 20 years in the last few days? SethAbramson VP forever remembered for not doing your job and not honoring the oath you took to protect the United States. I had some hope after your floor speech. This is sad and shameful. I can only hope you’re protecting us from trump behind the scenes in another way.

SethAbramson The supporting argument is weak but perhaps look deeper into the decision. If Trump is impeached and convicted, he can never hold federal office again. Clears the way for Pence in ‘24. When combined with the reporting on McConnell, this could well be a coordinated effort. SethAbramson Impeach and convict

Spineless and just what we expected SethAbramson Unlike Trump, Pence isn’t sure he can try to pardon himself, so he’s leaving Donald in there in hopes of receiving one last favor before Jan. 20. SethAbramson ~Pence is showing his true colors SethAbramson Cuck Why GOPLeader will never be speaker unless he can grow a set of balls and punish those in the GOP ranks who are GOPSeditiousTraitors This is not our party we will never see oval unless we Purge2021 SenTedCruz laurenboebert Jim_Jordan RepMoBrooks HawleyMO 25thAmmendment

SethAbramson VP “You can either go down in history as a patriot,” Mr. Trump told him, according to two people briefed on the conversation, “or you can go down in history as a pussy.” SethAbramson He is finished pussy Coward ! Wellllllll 🤔 that last one... ..he said with a gun to his head. Sheng Wang said “Why do people say 'grow some balls'? Balls are weak and sensitive. If you wanna be tough, grow a vagina. Those things can take a pounding.” Apparently Pence has neither! Trump's eunuch! IMPEACH NOW

noelhome bluetoothmic HoustonRealEstate Pence Trump2020 So…Trump IS mentally fit? Narrator: He WAS mentally incapacitated. Total coward Coward! Sometimes the hard thing to do, is the RIGHT thing to do. And, his point, besides that there should be some punishment? = Democracy is about caring for all Do no harm

Good for him. He still has integrity. Mental!!!!! Traitorous villain! Weak as water Are we one bit surprised pence didn't have the balls to turn on Trump even after he and his family were threatened by trumps mob? Republicans are the worst, to this day they will argue with a straight face that Clinton's impeachment was warranted and trumps wasn't.

If anything happens while trump is in office then this is on Pence. Time to grow some b$% Nice pic Pence, you're so disappointing. Coward! Ineffectual toady to the end. I'd say he's mentally incapacitated He looks like he is exhaling one of trumps long winded farts. Coward I think political should be going like this

I hope they are all recording the panicked deranged calls from Trump! Hes always so excited when the cameras show up bc he gets to show off how good he is at remembering lines from his lawyers and yes men. ArrestTrump They are all NeverTrump mosully And now, McConnell has come out in favour of impeaching Trump. I don't know what caused the change of heart but it almost ensures that Trump will be impeached by the Senate. I guess Republican's r maybe willing to shed the cancerous growth which threatens the life of the R party.

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