Donald Trump was due to travel to Alamo, Texas on Tuesday in a bid to push back calls for his resignation and prevent Republicans from joining a historic second indictment.
Visiting the border town of Alamo, 240 miles south of historic Alamo Fort, was touted as a way to highlight the work on the border wall, after nearly a week of harsh criticism of Trump for inciting the deadly Capitol Riot last week.
But with federal investigators warning of additional potential security threats around Joe Biden’s inauguration in Washington DC next week and across the country, the country was ready for Trump’s next move after days of silence.
Behind the scenes, the president is said to have continued his retreat in paranoia and unreality, repeating in a conversation with parliamentary majority leader Kevin McCarthy the extravagant lie that so-called “antifa” left activists, and not his supporters were responsible. death and destruction inside the United States Capitol last week.
“It’s not Antifa,” McCarthy reportedly replied. “It’s Maga. I know. I was there. Maga refers to Trump’s slogan, “Make America Great Again.”
The House was due to vote on a resolution calling for the use of the 25th Amendment, which provides for the removal of a president deemed unfit for office on Tuesday. Dependent on Vice President Mike Pence, the gambit seemed sure to fail.
After days of silence between the two men, Trump and Pence had a “good conversation” in the White House on Monday evening, an unnamed official told Reuters.
Some of the Trump supporters who responded to Trump’s call to storm the Capitol last Wednesday, sparking clashes in which a policeman was killed, a rioter was shot and three others died, were filmed in chanting “Hang Mike Pence”.
A House vote to impeach Trump on one article, for inciting insurgency, was expected Wednesday morning. The timing of the ensuing Senate trial was uncertain. If Trump is sentenced to the Senate after leaving office, he would be disqualified from running again.
Unlike Trump’s first indictment in December 2019, a significant number of Republicans in the House and a handful of Republicans in the Senate have indicated they will support the effort. Those lawmakers included Conference Speaker Liz Cheney, the third Republican in the House.
Republicans expect up to 20 Republican lawmakers to vote for impeachment, reported Punchbowl news.
“We don’t really need a lot of evidence here because it’s all in the open,” Democratic Rep. Ted Lieu told cable host Rachel Maddow on Monday. “There is no doubt that Donald Trump delivered a speech. No dispute, there was an attack on the Capitol. There is no doubt that several people died.
It was not clear whether Trump would make a public statement on Tuesday and, if so, if he would say anything that could either discourage – or encourage – followers to cause further violent chaos. In almost every public statement since losing the election in November, Trump has repeated the lie he won.
On Monday, multiple media outlets confirmed an ABC News report that the FBI expects pro-Trump armed protests in all 50 state capitals and Washington DC ahead of inauguration day.
Explanations of why Trump himself could not be reached when Capitol Hill was attacked have continued to emerge. According to the Washington Post, citing an anonymous close adviser, the president was “difficult to reach … because it was live television.”
“If it’s TiVo, it just pauses and takes calls,” the advisor said. “If it’s live TV, he’s watching it, and he was watching it all unfold.”
News of Trump’s visit to the town of Alamo was confusing with Alamo Fort in San Antonio, a World Heritage site where Texas independence fighters were slaughtered in 1836.
Some observers have suggested that Trump booked a room in error, as his campaign apparently and famously did to Four Seasons Total Landscaping, a suburban Philadelphia company, in November.
Many observers were concerned about the prospect of Trump’s visit to Texas, a writing: “Remember the Alamo [is] a rallying cry.
Former federal cybersecurity chief Chris Krebs, who Trump sacked for saying the election was safe, told CNN: ‘It’s the equivalent of ignoring that pain in your chest for a few weeks and then all. suddenly, you have a catastrophic heart attack.
“We are on the brink of what I fear is a pretty big break from democracy and civil society here.”