Outgoing United States President Donald Trump on Thursday unequivocally condemned final week’s Capitol Hill riot, and asserted there may be by no means a justification or an excuse for such a violence. “Violence and vandalism have absolutely no place in our country and no place in our movement,” he stated in a video recorded within the Oval Office of the White House.
‘Making America Great Again’ has all the time been about defending the rule of legislation, supporting the women and men of legislation enforcement and upholding the nation’s most sacred traditions and values, Trump stated.
“The incursion of the US Capitol struck at the very heart of our Republic. It angered and appalled millions of Americans across the political spectrum. I want to be very clear. I unequivocally condemn the violence that we saw last week,” the US President stated.
“Mob violence goes against everything I believe in and everything our movement stands for. No true supporter of mine could ever endorse political violence. No true supporter of mine could ever disrespect law enforcement or our great American flag. No supporter of mine could ever threaten or harass their fellow Americans,” he stated.
Over the course of the previous yr, which was made so troublesome due to COVID-19, the nation has seen political violence spiral uncontrolled, Trump stated.
“We have seen too many riots, too many mobs, too many acts of intimidation and destruction. It must stop,” he stated.
“Whether you are on the right or on the left, a Democrat or a Republican, there is never a justification for violence. No excuses, no exceptions. America is a nation of laws. Those who engaged in the attacks last week will be brought to justice,” Trump stated.
“Now, I am asking everyone who has ever believed in our agenda to be thinking of ways to ease tensions, calm tempers, and help to promote peace in our country,” he added.
Noting that there have been experiences of extra demonstrations being deliberate within the coming days each right here in Washington and throughout the nation, Trump stated he has been briefed by the US Secret Service on the potential threats.
Every American deserves to have their voice heard in a respectful and peaceable approach. “That is your First Amendment right. But I cannot emphasize that there must be no violence, no law-breaking and no vandalism of any kind. Everyone follow our laws and obey the instructions of law enforcement,” he stated.
Trump stated that he has directed federal companies to make use of all vital assets to take care of order in Washington DC. “We are bringing in thousands of National Guard members to secure the city and ensure that a transition can occur safely and without incident,” he stated.
“Like all of you, I was shocked and deeply saddened by the calamity at the Capitol last week,” the President stated.
In the five-minute video, Trump stated there was an unprecedented assault on free speech in latest days. “These are tense and difficult times. The efforts to censor, cancel and blacklist our fellow citizens are wrong and they are dangerous,” he stated.
“What is needed now is for us to listen to one another, not to silence one another. All of us can choose by our actions to rise above the rank and find common ground and shared purpose. We must focus on advancing the interest of the whole nation delivering the miracle vaccines, defeating the pandemic, rebuilding the economy, protecting our national security and upholding the rule of law,” he stated.
“Today, I am calling on all Americans to overcome the passions of the moment and join together as one American people. Let us choose to move forward united for the good of our families, our communities, and our country,” Trump stated.