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Donald Trump has delivered an urgent video message to the American people.
“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.