President Donald Trump issued a White House statement on Wednesday calling for no more violence amid reports his supporters could try and disrupt Joe Biden’s inauguration.
His pronouncement came while the House of Representatives debated impeaching him a second time and House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy urged him to accept responsibility for last week’s MAGA riot.
‘In light of reports of more demonstrations, I urge that there must be NO violence, NO lawbreaking and NO vandalism of any kind. That is not what I stand for, and it is not what America stands for. I call on ALL Americans to help ease tensions and calm tempers. Thank You,’ the statement read.
The White House blasted the statement out to its press list after Twitter, Facebook and Instagram froze Trump’s social media accounts for inciting violence. Spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany also tweeted it from her official press secretary account and the Trump campaign texted it to followers.
The statement contained several words in ALL CAPS – which was a regular feature of Trump’s tweets.
President Donald Trump issued a White House statement calling for no more violence amid reports his supporters could try and disrupt Joe Biden’s inauguration
Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, in a statement on the House floor, called on Trump to accept his share of responsibility for last week’s MAGA riot
Security has visibly increased on Capitol Hill ahead of January 20th, when Biden takes the oath of office. An eight-foot anti-climbing fence has been installed around the Capitol Complex and has been extended down the National Mall, the area where a president-elect’s supporters watch him be sworn in.
The FBI has warned of armed protests being planned in Washington and all 50 state capitals in the run-up to the inauguration, including three separate plots to attack the Capitol.
‘The FBI received information about an identified armed group intending to travel to Washington, DC on 16 January,’ read a memo, a copy of which was obtained by ABC News. ‘They have warned that if Congress attempts to remove POTUS via the 25th Amendment, a huge uprising will occur.’
There will also be no public access to the Capitol grounds during the inauguration. And officials are increasing the number of National Guard members who will be deployed in Washington from 15,000 to 20,000, about three times the number of U.S. troops currently deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan combined.
About 3,000 National Guard troops…
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