Trump Called for Protesters to Go Home After Rioters Breached Capitol, Twitter Locks His Account
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The congressional debate over certifying the Electoral College abruptly halted Wednesday afternoon as lawmakers went into lockdown after the Capitol Building was breached by a group of rioters making their way into the House and Senate chambers.
The US Senate went to an emergency recess after demonstrators were seen breaking the barricades before entering the building where they started pounding on the chamber door of the US House of Representatives.
U.S. Capitol Police with guns drawn stand near a barricaded door as protesters try to break into the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
At least one explosive device was found near the US Capitol shortly after the breach of the building, and one woman was reported to have been shot and killed by Capitol Police during the confrontation. Several other people died due to "medical emergencies".
President Trump issued multiple tweets telling protestors to remain peaceful. He also issued a video telling protesters to go home and restore peace. But during the video he said the election was rife with fraud, so Twitter has now deleted the video and has frozen the account of the sitting president of the United States, threatening him with permanent suspension:
Trump earlier tweeted, "I am asking for everyone at the U.S. Capitol to remain peaceful. No violence! Remember, WE are the Party of Law & Order – respect the Law and our great men and women in Blue. Thank you!"
I am asking for everyone at the U.S. Capitol to remain peaceful. No violence! Remember, WE are the Party of Law & Order – respect the Law and our great men and women in Blue. Thank you!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2021
Police attempted to regain control of the building while Vice President Pence and multiple senators were rushed to safety. President Trump reportedly sent the National Guard to the scene to help restore order.
At President @realDonaldTrump’s direction, the National Guard is on the way along with other federal protective services.— Kayleigh McEnany (@PressSec) January 6, 2021
We reiterate President Trump’s call against violence and to remain peaceful.
President-elect Joe Biden also came out on camera to reject the actions of the rioters, calling the day's events “an assault on the most sacred of American undertakings: the doing of the people’s business.”
Law enforcement officers point their guns at a door in the House Chamber after pro-Trump protesters breached the U.S. Capitol. The process for counting Electoral College votes has been suspended. DC mayor orders curfew effective 6 p.m. pic.twitter.com/PtilMIy8Eg— Ben Kennedy (@BenKennedyTV) January 6, 2021
Sen. Ted Cruz, who is one of the chief challengers of the electoral results in Congress, tweeted, "Those storming the Capitol need to stop NOW. The Constitution protects peaceful protest, but violence—from Left or Right— is ALWAYS wrong. And those engaged in violence are hurting the cause they say they support."
Those storming the Capitol need to stop NOW.— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) January 6, 2021
The Constitution protects peaceful protest, but violence—from Left or Right— is ALWAYS wrong.
And those engaged in violence are hurting the cause they say they support.
When the rumors of the breach first broke, President Trump had immediately called for peace on Capitol Hill.
Please support our Capitol Police and Law Enforcement. They are truly on the side of our Country. Stay peaceful!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2021
Condemnation of the violence has been swift from every sector of society. Rabbis Marvin Hier and Abraham Cooper, senior officials of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, denounced today's storming the Capitol:
The right to protest is sacrosanct in American life. But the very values and rights bestowed by our democracy are degraded and diminished when police officers have to draw their guns to protect our duly elected officials in heart of our nation by violent protesters who, by their reckless and dangerous behavior have inflicted grievous wounds on our nation. Nothing, not even the emotional charges of voter fraud in a presidential election, can ever legitimize or excuse such behavior. For as the Talmud warns, 'Pray for the welfare of the government, for without…it man would swallow his fellow.' Today is a dark day for America."
Here's some more response from Christian and political leaders:
There is nothing patriotic about what is occurring on Capitol Hill. This is 3rd world style anti-American anarchy.— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) January 6, 2021
These actions at the US Capitol by protestors are truly despicable and unacceptable. While I am safe and sheltering in place, these protests are prohibiting us from doing our constitutional duty. I condemn them in the strongest possible terms. We are a nation of laws.— Sen. Marsha Blackburn (@MarshaBlackburn) January 6, 2021
This mob attack on our Capitol and our Constitution is immoral, unjust, dangerous, and inexcusable. What has happened to our country is tragic, and could have been avoided.— Russell Moore (@drmoore) January 6, 2021
Rev. Samuel Rodriquez. president of the National Christian Leadership Conference and Rev. Johnnie Moore, president of the Congress of Christian Leaders released a joint statement condemning the mob's behavior.
"Under these circumstances, there is no conceivable situation where what happened within the U.S. Capitol today is acceptable activity. Violent, anarchist behavior emanating from the far left or the far right is immoral and criminal. It should be summarily condemned -- beginning with the President of the United States -- and its perpetrators ought to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Those many thousands of peaceful protestors whose first amendment rights have been spoiled by this behavior should go home for their own safety," the statement read.
"We are relieved that both President-elect Biden and President Trump have now spoken directly to the issue telling protesters in D.C. to go home and calling for peace. We call on all Americans - Democrat and Republican - to unite in prayer for our nation that righteousness and justice, love and faithfulness will guide the heart of our nation ( )," the statement concluded.
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