Friday, January 8th, 2021
White House takes a stand
Trump condemns riot “in the strongest”
Global indignation over the escalation of violence in Washington is apparently also causing President Trump to rethink. In a statement, the Republican condemns the riots around the Capitol. The rioters are “the opposite of everything this government stands for,” says a Trump spokeswoman.
After the storm on the US Capitol in Washington, President Donald Trump sharply condemned the violence of his supporters, according to his spokeswoman. The President and his administration opposed this outbreak of violence “in the strongest”, said President Spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany in Washington. “The violence we witnessed at the Capitol yesterday was horrific, reprehensible and contrary to American values,” she said. “Those who have forcibly besieged our Capitol are the opposite of everything this government stands for.”
Since the riot on Wednesday at the seat of the US Congress, there have been calls for an early removal of Trump. The Republican’s term officially ends on January 20. On Thursday night, after temporarily suspending its session because of the riot, Congress formally confirmed Democrat Joe Biden’s victory in the November presidential election.
Trump supporters had forcibly entered the Capitol. They smashed windows and occupied rooms. Because of the riot, the parliamentarians had to be brought to safety by the police. A woman was shot dead by police in the Capitol during the riot.
Trump had previously incited his supporters at a demonstration in Washington by repeating his completely unsubstantiated claim that there had been massive fraud in the presidential election he lost in November. After storming the Capitol, on Wednesday he appealed to his rampaging supporters to “return home”, but at this point did not expressly condemn the excess of violence. At the same time he praised the demonstrators. “We love you, you are very special,” he said.