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President Donald Trump has delivered an urgent video message to the American people after the chaos and mayhem at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.
In the measured speech, Trump said he is switching his focus to uniting and healing the country.
“I would like to begin by addressing the heinous attack on the United States Capitol. Like all Americans, I am outraged by the violence, lawlessness, and mayhem… The demonstrators who infiltrated the Capitol have defiled the seat of American democracy.”
“We have just been through an intense election and emotions are high, but now tempers must be cooled, and calm restored,” Trump said.
“We must get on with the business of America. My campaign vigorously pursued every legal avenue to contest the election results. My only goal was to ensure the integrity of the vote. in doing so I was fighting to defend American democracy,” he added.
“I continued to strongly believe that we must reform our election laws to verify the identity and eligibility of all voters and ensure faith and confidence in all future elections. now congress has certified the results. a new administration will be inaugurated on January 20th. my focus now turns to ensure a smooth orderly and seamless transition of power. this moment calls for headline and reconciliation,” he added.
“We must revitalize the sacred bonds of love and loyalty that bind us together as one national family. To the citizens of our country, serving as your President has been the honor of my lifetime. And to all my wonderful supporters, I know you are disappointed, but I also want you to know that our incredible journey is only just beginning. Thank you, God bless you, and God bless America,” Trump concluded.
The riots on Wednesday have resulted in both sides of the political aisle speaking out.
Former First Lady Michelle Obama chastised President Donald Trump, saying the riots were a “fulfillment of the wishes of an infantile and unpatriotic president who can’t handle the truth of his own failures.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday called on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment against President Trump or the U.S. House of Representatives will seek impeachment.
South Carolina GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham said that Joe Biden is the “legitimate President of the United States” and that no one has provided any evidence of wrongdoing in the Nov. 3 election.
Fox Nation host Tomi Lahren didn’t mince her words when condemning the rioters on Capitol Hill.
Lahren said she was also angry that President Trump lost in a “fraudulent election,” but said it was even more disappointing to see Trump supporters show a “total disregard for the rule of law.”