U.S. President Donald Trump “unequivocally” condemned his supporters’ attack on the U.S. Capitol last week, several hours after he was charged with “inciting a riot.”
Trump, who has been stripped of Twitter, posted a video on the official White House account Wednesday in which he said it was not his “true supporters” who attacked the Capitol last Wednesday as the chamber debated the counting of Electoral College votes.
“I want to be clear. I unequivocally condemn the violence we saw last week,” Trump said.
“Violence and vandalism have absolutely no place in our country and no place in our movement,” he said in his first remarks since the House of Representatives voted to impeach him for a second time.
Trump had previously encouraged his supporters to “be fierce” and “fight like hell.”
In the latest video, he said that “there’s never any justification for violence. No excuses, no exceptions: America is a nation of laws. “
The outgoing president urged his supporters to remain peaceful as the nation worries about further unrest ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s Jan. 20 inauguration.
He released the video at the same time that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi signed the article of impeachment against him that her chamber passed earlier in the day.
The article will now go to the Senate for impeachment proceedings.
However, the president did not mention impeachment, which now makes him the only twice-impeached U.S. president.
Trump, who was blocked by social media giants Twitter and Facebook after the Capitol violence, denounced an “unprecedented attack on free speech.”
“Efforts to censor and blacklist our fellow citizens are wrong and dangerous,” he said. “What we need now is to listen to each other, not silence each other.”
by Jeremy Abbott – American Correspondent – FN