WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump released an official statement via Twitter video about the protests led by his supporters at the US Capitol.
“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,” he said.
At the start of the video, Trump continued to claim election fraud, leading Twitter to flag the video with the disclaimer stating: “This claim of election fraud is disputed, and this Tweet can’t be replied to, retweeted or liked due to a risk of violence.”
Twitter has since removed Trump’s tweet containing the video along with two other tweets. His account will also be “locked for 12 hours following the removal of these Tweets. If the Tweets are not removed, the account will remain locked.”
As a result of the unprecedented and ongoing violent situation in Washington, D.C., we have required the removal of three @realDonaldTrump Tweets that were posted earlier today for repeated and severe violations of our Civic Integrity policy. https://t.co/k6OkjNG3bM— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) January 7, 2021
“Go home. We love you. You’re very special. You’ve seen what happens. You see the way others are treated that are so bad and so evil. I know how you feel, but go home and go home at peace,” he said at the end of the video.
Trump’s statement came minutes after Joe Biden spoke from Wilmington, Delaware about the situation.