A brief look at the aftermath of US Capitol riots as Donald Trump returns to stage
- Donald Trump is making a comeback to politics
- His first stop is the North Carolina Republican Convention
- Trump called it a "great honor" to be speaking before the people
Former President Donald Trump will come back to the political stage with a speech, solidifying his continued symbolic leadership of the party despite his persistent falsehood about the 2020 election. Trump will make a speech at 7 pm (ET) at the North Carolina Republican Convention on Saturday.
In a written statement on Friday, Trump said, “it is a great honor to be speaking at the North Carolina GOP convention." He also added that the place will be packed, breaking all the records. This comes after a noisy three months for his party. Apparently, the purpose of the convention is to look at the Republican Party’s future, and particularly efforts to retake Congress. It is likely that Trump will take the opportunity to air grievances about his 2020 electoral loss.
Although the Republicans lost control of the Senate, House, and White House under Trump’s presidency, he still continues to have a remarkable hold on the party. In May, House Republicans ousted Congresswoman Liz Cheney from her leadership because of her constant criticism of Donald Trump, her refusal to promote false claims about the election, and insistence that the party should not whitewash the attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6 by a violent mob of Trump Supporters. Later, Cheney was replaced as conference chair by Congresswoman Elise Stefanik.
After few weeks of Cheney’s removal, Senate Republicans blocked a bill that would have created a bipartisan. Most of the Republicans in Congress party including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Senate Leader Mitch McConnell argued that the country should move forward from the Capitol Hill attack.
During the assault, rioters threatened the lawmakers and former Vice President Mike Pence, which resulted in the deaths of five people and injured more than 140 law enforcement officials. On Thursday, Pence acknowledged in a speech that he would "never see eye to eye" with Donald Trump about the insurrection.
However, the rioters tried to overturn the election results by preventing Congress and Pence from certifying President Joe Biden’s electoral college victory, by using violence to achieve their goal. Till today, Trump continues to promote the false claim that the election result was rigged. Meanwhile, in the wake of Trump’s electoral loss, several states with Republican-controlled legislatures are considering election bills to restrict voting rights.
Meanwhile, Trump was suspended from Facebook for at least two years and remains banned from Twitter. The company announced on Friday that it is suspending Trump from its platform after finding that his posts on January 6 contributed to a violent mob storming Capitol Hill and posed a risk to public safety. Initially, Trump was suspended from Facebook from January 7 and he will be off the platform till the 2022 midterm elections.