Trump Urges No Violence or Vandalism at Demonstrations

Trump Urges No Violence or Vandalism at Demonstrations

2021-01-13 23:19:40
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Just before the House accused him of instigating an uprising against the United States government, President Trump issued a statement on Wednesday calling on Americans to "ease tensions and calm things down."

The statement, released by the White House and texted to Mr Trump supporters, came a week after a mob, spurred by his rhetoric, stormed the Capitol in a violent effort to reverse the presidential election results. .

Security experts and law enforcement officials have warned that a number of far-right groups have threatened additional demonstrations or attacks over the next week as President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr prepares to take office.

“In light of reports of more demonstrations, I insist that there should be NO violence, NO violations of law and NO vandalism of any kind,” said Mr Trump. "That's not what I stand for, and it's not what America stands for."

President's statement, first provided to Fox news, was released when the House of Representatives debated an impeachment article accusing Mr Trump of "inciting insurrection". Representative Jim Jordan, Republican of Ohio, read the statement to the House.

Shortly before Mr. Trump's statement was released, California Representative Kevin McCarthy, the Republican leader, spoke on the floor of the House and blamed Mr. Trump for the attack.

"These facts require immediate action from President Trump," said Mr. McCarthy, who is not in favor of impeachment and voted last week to reverse the election results. & # 39; Accept his share of the responsibility. Stop the brewing unrest. And ensuring that President-elect Biden can successfully begin his term in office. "

Ronna McDaniel, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, urged people with "malicious intent" to stay away from Washington or state capitals.

"The peaceful transfer of power is one of the founding principles of our country and is necessary to move our country forward," Ms. McDaniel said in a statement.

Trump has been heavily criticized for his role in inciting violence last week, with some of his supporters storming the Capitol and threatening the lives of members of Congress and his vice president after the president spoke at a meeting beforehand.

Tuesday, his first time since the event, answered questions from reporters, Trump showed no remorse or regret for inciting the mob and said his comments to his supporters were "completely justified."


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