Programming note -- I have been asked by Vox to not post clips of Trump's remarks in Texas that could be construed as promoting violence, so my coverage of the event will not be in the familiar video thread format.
After dismissing talk of his second impeachment as "a witch hunt," Trump says "now I would like to briefly address the events of last week" and adds, "We believe in the rule of law, not in violence or rioting." He then moves on with his speech. Weird stuff.
Trump is delivering this speech right next to a section of border wall
So, Trump spent about 20 seconds at the top of his speech offering a passionless denunciation of rioting, then moved on bragging at length about his border wall as if this is just a normal speech.
Trump delivered a low energy speech, then bizarrely was serenaded off the stage by the thumping beat of "YMCA" (he didn't dance this time though)
Trump did at one point mention "the Biden administration," but did so in a vaguely threatening way.

"The 25th amendment is of zero risk to me, but will come back to haunt Joe Biden and the Biden administration. As the expression goes, be careful what you wish for."

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