The still-acting U.S. President Donald Trump released the first statement after all of his social media accounts were blocked. He said he condemned the actions of the supporters who tried to take over the Capitol and urged everyone to return home.
Trump condemned the violence that his supporters’ protests escalated into, as well as the storming and smashing of the congressional building. In a statement, he promised that those who broke the law would be held accountable for their actions. He also stated that they “are not considered representatives of the United States.”
Trump emphasized: “America has been through a tough election, so everyone’s emotions are running high. But all the passions must die down, peace must be restored.” He promised that the transfer of power to newly elected Democrat Joe Biden would go smoothly.
The pogrom at the Capitol left at least four people dead. Democrats are now exploring possible punishment for Trump’s provocation of supporters that led to the riot and attempted takeover of the Congress building.