President Donald Trump told violent protesters who stormed the U.S. Capitol to “go home now,” hours after they marched on the Capitol at his urging and stormed the building, disrupting congressional certification of his re-election defeat.
“I know your pain, I know your hurt. We had an election that was stolen from us. It was a landslide election, and everyone knows it, especially the other side,” Trump said, repeating false claims about his defeat in a recorded video released Wednesday. “But you have to go home now. We have to have peace, we have to have law and order.”
He said nothing suggesting that the protesters had been wrong to invade the Capitol building. Trump had asked them to refrain from violence in earlier tweets Wednesday afternoon but stopped short of telling them to leave the building, where they forced lawmakers to flee and brought a halt to the official count of Electoral College votes.
Earlier in the day, the president held a rally near the White House, where he repeated his false claims that his loss to Joe Biden was due to vote fraud.
At the rally, Trump encouraged protesters to go to the Capitol and support members of Congress who planned to object to some Electoral College votes. He also tweeted that Vice President Mike Pence, who was presiding over the certification, “didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and our Constitution.”
Please support our Capitol Police and Law Enforcement. They are truly on the side of our Country. Stay peaceful!8:38 PM · Jan 6, 2021
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