Amid Trump supporters storming the U.S. Capitol and violently clashing with Capitol Police Wednesday, and following Vice President Mike Pence’s refusal to overturn President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory, President Donald Trump reacted on Twitter to the ongoing situation.
The violence has caused the Capitol to enter lockdown for the safety of lawmakers and staffers, according to multiple reports.
“Mike Pence didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and our Constitution, giving States a chance to certify a corrected set of facts, not the fraudulent or inaccurate ones which they were asked to previously certify,” Trump tweeted Wednesday afternoon. “USA demands the truth!”
Minutes later, Trump urged his supporters to be peaceful, saying: “Please support our Capitol Police and Law Enforcement. They are truly on the side of our Country. Stay peaceful!”
Prior to the president’s pair of tweets, his eldest son Donald Trump Jr. condemned the violence.
“This is wrong and not who we are. Be peaceful and use your 1st Amendment rights, but don’t start acting like the other side,” Trump Jr. posted, retweeting a video of protesters clashing with police. “We have a country to save and this doesn’t help anyone.”
As the situation started to rapidly develop, Republican politicians denounced the actions of Trump’s supporters. Here is what some of them have stated:
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