Trump to Capitol Rioters: ‘We Love You. You’re Very Special…but Go Home.’
President Donald Trump urged his supporters currently vandalizing the U.S. Capitol building to go home in a recorded video statement that also validated their reason for rioting.
“I know your pain. I know your hurt. We had an election that was stolen from us,” said Trump in the brief minute-long video. “But you have to go home now. We have to have peace. We have to have law and order. We have to respect our great people in law and order.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2021
“This was a fraudulent election but we can’t play into the hands of these people. We have to have peace,” he continued. “We love you. You’re very special. You see the way others are treated that are so bad and so evil but go home and go home in peace.”
The president’s claims of widespread election fraud had become increasingly meritless and conspiratorial in the days leading up to the Georgia runoff elections. They don’t appear to be dying down anytime soon.
Per reporting from Maggie Haberman at The New York Times, Trump had to be cajoled by his staff into making even this rather weak plea, instead spending much of the day fuming over Vice President Mike Pence refusing to stop the tally of Electoral College votes that was supposed to be completed today.
Per people close to the White House, several o
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