Former President Donald Trump is facing an impeachment trial on a charge of inciting insurrection that resulted in the riot at the U.S. Capitol on January 6 as lawmakers met to certify Democrat Joe Biden’s election win.
More than a month ago, then-President Trump spoke to his supporters before they marched to the Capitol. Here are some excerpts of what Trump said that day.
— “All of us here today do not want to see our election victory stolen by emboldened, radical-left Democrats, which is what they’re doing, and stolen by the fake news media. That’s what they’ve done and what they’re doing. We will never give up. We will never concede, it doesn’t happen. You don’t concede when there’s theft involved.”
— “Our country has had enough. We will not take it anymore, and that’s what this is all about. To use a favorite term that all of you people really came up with, we will stop the steal.”
— “After this, we’re going to walk down (to the Capitol), and I’ll be there with you. We’re going to walk down. … We’re going to cheer on our brave senators, and congressmen and women. We’re probably not going to be cheering so much for some of them because you’ll never take back our country with weakness. You have to show strength, and you have to be strong.”
— “We have come to demand that Congress do the right thing and only count the electors who have been lawfully slated, lawfully slated. I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard.”
— “And we fight. We fight like hell. And if you don’t fight like hell, you’re not going to have a country anymore.”
— “So, we’re going to, we’re going to walk down Pennsylvania Avenue — I love Pennsylvania Avenue. And we’re going to the Capitol, and we’re going to try and give … give our Republicans — the weak ones, because the strong ones don’t need any of our help. We’re going to try and give them the kind of pride and boldness that they need to take back our country.”
More than a week after the riot, the House of Representatives impeached Trump. Two weeks after it, Trump’s four-year term in the White House ended, and he left Washington for his home along the Atlantic Ocean in Florida.