By Andrew Kerr
President Donald Trump said in a now-deleted tweet calling for peace that mob violence and rioting at the Capitol building Wednesday were the “things and events that happen” after an election is stolen.
“These are the things and events that happen when a sacred landslide election victory is so unceremoniously & viciously stripped away from great patriots who have been badly & unfairly treated for so long,” Trump wrote in the now-deleted tweet. “Go home with love & in peace.”
“Remember this day forever!” he added.
Twitter removed Trump’s tweet shortly after it was posted, saying it violated Twitter rules.
All but one of the 62 lawsuits filed by Trump and his allies alleging voter fraud and irregularities in the 2020 election have failed in court, according to USA Today.
One person died after a mob of pro-Trump rioters stormed and occupied the Capitol building Wednesday as lawmakers were meeting to certify President-elect Joe Biden’s election victory.
Trump told supporters during a speech earlier in the day that he would lead a march to the Capitol building to “cheer on our brave senators and congressmen and women” challenging his loss to Biden.
The Army activated the entire D.C. National Guard Wednesday afternoon to be deployed at the Capitol and other locations in the city, according to The New York Times. The FBI also sent a SWAT team into the Capitol building later in the afternoon to help quell the rioting.
This is the fbi swat team in the capitol. pic.twitter.com/bY6maxLjLJ
— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) January 6, 2021
Other high ranking members of his administration, including Vice President Mike Pence, issued statements strongly condemning what was taking place at the Capitol building.
“The violence and destruction taking place at the US Capitol Must Stop and it Must Stop Now,” Pence tweeted. “Anyone involved must respect Law Enforcement officers and immediately leave the building.”
Acting Homeland Security secretary Chad Wolf said Wednesday that violence “in any form is unacceptable” and that all “violent opportunists at the US Capitol grounds must be held accountable.”
And Robert O’Brien, Trump’s assistant for national security affairs, said “what the mob did to our Senate Chamber today was an utter disgrace.”
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