As violent Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol, forcing a lockdown Wednesday, President-elect Joe Biden called on President Donald Trump to address the nation and urge peace.
“I call on President Trump to go on national television now, to fulfill his oath and defend the Constitution and demand an end to this siege,” Biden said.
“It’s not a protest – it’s insurrection,” Biden said. He condemned what occurred at the Capitol and called those who stormed the building “extremists” who do not represent America.
Shortly afterward, Trump released a minute-long video on Twitter, asking his supporters to “go home.” The president, however, began his video message by repeating unsubstantiated claims that the election was “stolen.”
Twitter has prevented liking and sharing of Trump’s tweet, saying that its claims were fraudulent and that it incited violence. Facebook and YouTube also removed the video from their platforms, saying it continued to make baseless claims that the election was fraudulent.
His comments followed an unprecedented breach of Congress’ security when hundreds of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol, forcing a lockdown of the area as Congress was in the process of certifying Biden’s victory. (VOA)