Donald Trump released a new video condemning political violence, but the short speech by the Oval Office made no mention of the voice of the House to indict him a second time.
“I want to make it very clear: I clearly condemn the violence we saw last week,” said Trump in the video posted on the White House YouTube channel. He added that “no real supporter of mine could ever advocate political violence”.
“We can’t tolerate it,” he said.
The video comes as 10 Republican Members of the House partnered with Democrats in impeachment. Trump is accused of instigating the Capitol riot last week.
Last week, when the siege was unfolding, Trump asked the rioters in the Capitol to go home: “We love you, you are very special.”
In the video message, Trump condemned the violence and referred to reports of additional threats. “Whether you are right or left, Democrat or Republican, there is never any justification for violence,” he said.
“Everyone has to obey our laws and follow instructions from law enforcement,” he said.
After the siege of the Capitol, Trump was banned or suspended on social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. In his latest video, he criticized Silicon Valley’s efforts to tackle the incendiary speech following the attack on the Capitol.
“The efforts to censor, cancel and blacklist our fellow citizens are wrong and dangerous,” said Trump. “Now we have to listen to each other and not silence each other.”