Trump tells Washington rioters to "go home now"

Jan 6 2021, 1:49 pm

US President Donald Trump has called on members of a violent mob that stormed the Capitol in Washington, DC, Wednesday to pack up and go home.

“You have to go home now. We have to have peace. We have to have law and order,” he said. “We don’t want anybody hurt.”

However, he also inserted his familiar but unsupported claims of election fraud into the video, which got it flagged by Twitter. Trump’s video can’t be liked or replied to, only retweeted.

Trump also did not condemn his supporters for their violence, instead saying he understands how they feel.

“We love you, you’re very special … go home, and go home in peace.”

President-elect Joe Biden addressed the nation a few minutes earlier, saying he was “shocked and saddened” by the riot. He asked for calm in the US Capital, saying “enough is enough.”

Lawmakers were inside conducting a ceremonial vote count to affirm Biden’s win. The building had to be evacuated as the mob gained access.

Jason Opal, chair of McGill University’s Department of History and Classical Studies, called the violence in Washington, DC, Wednesday unprecedented.

“The president directly incited an armed crowd to surge into the very centre of the republic, with the intention of carrying out a coup d’état,” he said. “We can only hope that the Capitol Hill police or National Guard can restore order – and restart Congress – without violence.”

Biden is set to be inaugurated on January 20, 2021.

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