President Donald Trump urged attendees of Wednesday’s Washington rally, including those who breached the Capitol Complex security perimeter and building, to go home and asked for peace in a video posted to social media.
“I know your pain. I know you’re hurt,” Trump said to begin a 62-second video on Twitter from what appeared to be the Rose Garden at the White House. “We had an election that was stolen from us. It was a landslide election…But you have to go home now. We have to have peace. We have to have law and order. We have to respect our great people in law and order. We don’t want anybody hurt.”
Twitter has since taken down the video and locked Trump's account for 12 hours.
The video, which Twitter first slapped with a warning that it could not be retweeted or liked due to a “risk of violence,” followed about an hour after Trump posted a similar message.
“Please support our Capitol Police and Law Enforcement,” the first of two posts read. “They are truly on the side of our Country. Stay peaceful!”
Trump added: “I am asking for everyone at the U.S. Capitol to remain peaceful. No violence! Remember, WE are the Party of Law & Order – respect the Law and our great men and women in Blue. Thank you!”
The invasion of the capitol while Congress was engaging in counting the Electoral College vote came after a rally to protest what they believed was voter fraud and irregularities.
One woman was shot inside the Capitol and later died, the Washington Post reported. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser imposed a 6 p.m. curfew in response to the violence.
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