Just hours after he was impeached for a second time, President Trump once again denounced any and all forms of violence on his movement’s behalf.
The White House YouTube account posted a 5-minute video Wednesday night in which the president made it crystal clear that he “unequivocally” condemns the Capitol riots last week.
“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 true supporter of mine could ever threaten or harass their fellow Americans,” the president said.
“If you do any of these things you are not supporting our movement, you are attacking it and you are attacking our country. We cannot tolerate it,” he continued.
President Trump called on his supporters to “be thinking of ways to ease tensions, calm tempers, and help to promote peace in our country,” during this hostile time.
After harshly condemning political violence, the president moved to warn the public that “there has been reporting that additional demonstrations are being planned in the coming days both here in Washington and across our country.”
He responded to these reports by again calling for peace, but also directing federal agencies to use all resources necessary to “maintain order,” particularly at the Capitol to ensure a smooth transition of power.
This comes after the FBI reported credible threats of additional demonstrations to take place in Washington D.C. on January 20th.
Hundreds of National Guardsmen have been deployed to ensure order is maintained in the area in the days preceding Inauguration Day—many of whom were directed to sleep inside the Capitol building.
Thousands of National Guard troops assembled at the U.S. Capitol one week after the deadly riot. Suzanne Lynch of the Irish Times captured the surreal scene as the House voted to impeach Donald Trump for a second time https://t.co/7UOHlEJGkN pic.twitter.com/E9xB9QTZHS
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Unfortunately, this is the divided state we have come to in the United States of America amid heightened fears of uncertainty and civil unrest brought on by recent political events.
But President Trump is warning Americans that violence will not be tolerated in any capacity as it is vital that we maintain civility when it comes to a transition of power that some may dislike.
It’s this very concept that differentiates U.S. elections from those of Venezuela or others where they have “interim” presidents and constant civil unrest.
But will this be enough to ease tensions? We can only hope.