President Donald Trump has returned to Twitter with a new video, where he finally condemned his own supporters who stormed the Capitol building.
Previously, Trump did not condemn the rioters, who were incited by him, but instead asked for them to “remain peaceful” as they terrorised the Capitol.
In the new video shared to Twitter, Trump said he was “outraged by the violence, lawlessness and mayhem”.
“America is and must always be a nation of law and order, the demonstrators who infiltrated the Capitol have defiled the seat of American democracy,” he said in the video.
“To those who engaged in the acts of violence and destruction, you do not represent our country and to those who broke the law, you will pay.”
Before Trump’s loyal supporters besieged the Capitol, he encouraged them to walk up to the Capitol.
“After this, we’re going to walk down — and I’ll be there with you — we’re going to walk down, we’re going to walk down to the Capitol,” Trump said to his supporters during a speech before the riot started.
Trump focuses on ‘smooth transition of power’
Trump acknowledged the Biden administration will take over come January 20. Since the 2020 election result he had refused to concede and continued to falsely state there was widespread voter fraud.
His claims were widely debunked and disputed and yesterday, after the riot ceased, Congress certified Joe Biden’s win.
“My focus now turns to ensuring a smooth, orderly and seamless transition of power.
“We must get on with the business of America,” he said, finally acknowledging he lost the election.
“My campaign vigorously pursued every legal avenue to contest the election results, my only goal was to ensure the integrity of the vote.”
People were quick to point out Trump did not refer to the people behind the riots as his supporters.
“Notice he never says "my supporters" or similar when describing the insurrectionists. This leaves ‘It was Antifa all along!’ as an ongoing Fox News / Red Hat excuse,” Bob Cesca said along with the video.
“He also doesn't take any responsibility for inciting the mob. This is garbage, and he needs to be in prison.”
While the riots were happening, Trump said in a video shared to Twitter that his supporters were “special”.
“We love you. You’re very special,” he said.
“You’ve seen what happens. You see the way others are treated that are so bad and so evil. I know how you feel. But go home and go home in peace.”
After Congress certified Biden’s win, Trump released a statement via one of his aide’s which said he disagreed with the outcome of the election.
He also said in that statement there would be an “orderly transition on January 20th”.
He did not mention Biden by name in the video he shared to Twitter, or in the statement shared by Dan Scavino.
As for his feelings on leaving office, he told the nation that “serving as your president has been the honour of my lifetime” while hinting at a return to the public arena.
He told supporters “that our incredible journey is only just beginning.”
Trump claims he deployed the National Guard
People on Twitter are now accusing the president about lying about the deployment of the National Guard.
“I immediately deployed the National Guard and federal law enforcement to secure the building and expel the intruders,” he claimed in the video.
He stated who was involved in the decision to deploy the National Guard.
"Chairman Milley and I just spoke separately with the Vice President and with Speaker Pelosi, Leader McConnell, Senator Schumer and Representative Hoyer about the situation at the U.S. Capitol,” the statement says.
Trump’s name was never mentioned, CNN has also disputed the claim the president was involved in the decision.
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