A week after a crowd excited by his rhetoric stormed the Capitol in a violent attempt to overturn the presidential election results, President Trump on Wednesday issued a statement calling on Americans to “ease tensions and calm down the spirits”.
The statement, released by the White House, came a week before President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s inauguration in Washington, and security experts and law enforcement officials have warned that a number far-right groups threatened to demonstrate. or attacks in the coming week.
“In light of reports of other protests, I urge that there be NO violence, NO breaking the law and NO vandalism of any kind,” Mr. Trump said. “This is not what I represent and this is not what America represents.”
The president’s statement, first provided to Fox News, was released as the House of Representatives debated an impeachment article that accuses Mr. Trump of “inciting insurgency.” A final vote is expected Wednesday afternoon or evening, and Democrats appear to have enough support to vote to impeach Mr. Trump for the second time.
Mr Trump has been heavily criticized for his role in inciting violence last week, in which a number of his supporters stormed the Capitol and threatened the lives of members of Congress and his deputy. president after the president has spoken at a rally beforehand.
On Tuesday, his first response to questions from reporters since the event, Mr. Trump showed no contrition or regret for inciting the crowd, saying his comments to his supporters were “entirely appropriate.”