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President Trump Releases Video Statement on Unrest at U.S. Capitol

Donald J. Trump

President Trump on Wednesday released a video statement telling masses gathered at the U.S. Capitol to 'go home in peace,' though calling the election fraudulent multiple times while doing so.

Posted: Jan 6, 2021 3:33 PM
Updated: Jan 7, 2021 2:39 PM

As chaos continued to erupt Wednesday at the U.S. Capitol in Washington after the House and Senate convened to certify electoral votes to confirm the outcome of the presidential race, President Trump released a statement to protesters asking them to "go home in peace."

"I know your pain, I know your hurt," President Trump began. "We have an election that was stolen from us, it was a landslide election - and everyone knows it, especially the other side."

"But you have to go home now, we have to have peace, we have to have law and order, we have to respect our great people in law and order," he continued. "We don't want anybody hurt."

Link: Biden says democracy is under 'unprecedented assault' as pro-Trump rioters storm US Capitol

"It's a very tough period of time. There's never been a time like this where such a thing happened, where they could take it away from all of us - from me, from you, from our country," President Trump went on to say. "This was a fraudulent election. But 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," he said. "You've seen what happens, you've seen the way others are treated that are so bad and so evil. I know how you feel. But go home, and go home in peace."

Each Tri-State governor released a statement Wednesday, commenting on the events at the U.S. Capitol.

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb called the events "saddening and sickening," condemning the violence at the U.S. Capitol. In Illinois, Governor JB Pritzker said he was "disgusted," accusing President Trump of inciting "a violent coup attempt."

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear called those gathered at the Capitol "domestic terrorists," also canceling his State of the Commonwealth due to the events that unfolded, which was originally planned to be held on Wednesday evening.

The video sent out by President Trump, which is transcribed in full above, was later removed by Twitter as the social networking company temporarily suspended the president's account for a 12-hour period.

Related: Facebook Bans President Trump 'Indefinitely', Says 'Risks Too Great'

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