Senate Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called the statements of current U.S. President Donald Trump “a pathological technique used by the worst of dictators.
Earlier Tuesday, Trump, appearing before reporters for the first time since the events at the Capitol, called attempts by Democrats to remove him “for inciting violence” an ongoing “witch hunt.” The president said he believed it would cause “terrible anger.”
Responding to reporters’ questions, he said he thought his speech, after which a crowd of his supporters began storming the Capitol, was “perfectly appropriate,” while recalling the summer protests in several U.S. cities when there were demonstrations against police violence. Trump also said that the technology companies that took away his voice on social media “are making a big mistake.” He stressed that such actions always lead to a backlash.
“What Trump did today, blaming others for what he himself is the cause of, is a pathological technique used by the worst of dictators. Trump is the cause of anger, division, inflicting violence, and blaming others for it. This is despicable! The technique Trump is using is the technique of the worst dictators the world has ever seen,” Schumer said while speaking to reporters in New York City, broadcast by local TV stations.
Schumer stressed that Trump “should not stay in power for another day.”
Earlier, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and other platforms blocked Trump’s accounts. The reason for such measures was the US president’s appeals to the protesters, who on January 6, threw a pogrom in the building of the US Congress. Trump condemned their actions, but called them patriots, continuing to say that the presidential election in the country was rigged.
On January 6, the day Congress was supposed to approve the results of the last presidential election and officially declare Democrat Joe Biden the winner, Trump supporters stormed the Capitol. Congress was interrupted for several hours, and congressmen as well as Vice President Mike Pence, who is the president of the Senate, were evacuated. At least five people were killed in the riots.