Trump Releases Recorded Message Asking Rioters To Leave In Peace
By ZEKE MILLER and JILL COLVIN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) —
UPDATE: President Trump releases recorded message from the White House grounds:
President Donald Trump, in a video message, is urging supporters to “go home” but is also keeping up false attacks about the presidential election.
The video was issued more than two hours after protesters began storming the Capitol on Wednesday as lawmakers convened for an extraordinary joint session to confirm the Electoral College results and President-elect Joe Biden's victory.
Trump opened his video, saying, “I know your pain. I know your hurt. But you have to go home now.”
He also went on to call the supporters “very special.” He also said, “we can’t play into the hands of these people. We have to have peace. So go home. We love you. You’re very special.”
Republican lawmakers and previous administration officials had begged Trump to give a statement to his supporters to quell the violence. The statement came as authorities struggled to take control of a chaotic situation at the Capitol that led to the evacuation of lawmakers.
President Donald Trump is encouraging supporters who've stormed the Capitol in protest of his reelection defeat to "remain peaceful." But the commander in chief isn't calling for them to disperse. The seat of democracy has descended into chaos, with protestors have overwhelmed police and bulled their way into the Capitol. They've forced a delay of the joint session of Congress where lawmakers were meeting to count electoral votes that will affirm Democrat Joe Biden's White House victory two weeks before Inauguration Day. Trump is offering only a muted response to the violence as supporters clash with police, occupy the Capitol and even storm the Senate chamber.
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