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‘It Was Totally Appropriate’: Trump Defends Speech Inciting Capitol Riot, Calls 2nd Impeachment ‘Witch Hunt’

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President Donald Trump on Tuesday defended his speech that incited the violent attack on the U.S. Capitol, telling reporters that what he said was “totally appropriate.” The president also slammed efforts by House Democrats to move forward with impeaching him a second time, calling it a “continuation of the witch hunt.”

The attack at the Capitol last week took place after Trump urged a crowd of supporters on the National Mall to head to the complex and fight the election results as Congress convened to certify the Electoral College votes.

The Democrat-controlled House is poised to vote Wednesday on impeaching Trump for inciting a violent mob of his supporters who attacked the U.S. Capitol last week. The attack left five people dead and has prompted broad condemnation of Trump’s actions and rhetoric.

Trump for two months refused to accept President-elect Joe Biden’s win and repeatedly claimed that the election was stolen from him through widespread fraud, assertions that have been roundly disputed by election officials and others.

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