Outgoing U.S. President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he condemns “unequivocally” last week’s violence when his supporters stormed the Capitol in a speech to the nation in which he didn’t mention the impeachment passed in Congress.
“I want to be very clear. I unequivocally condemn the violence we saw last week. Violence and vandalism have absolutely no place in our country and no place in our movement,” Trump stressed in a message to the nation.
Referring to his supporters, he said that “‘Making America Great Again’ has always been about defending the rule of law, supporting the men and women of law enforcement and upholding the nation’s most sacred traditions and values.”
“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 supporter of mine could ever threaten or harass their fellow Americans, ” claimed the presidnet.
” If you do any of these things,” he warned, “you are not supporting our movement.”
In that context, he considered that there have been “too many riots, too many mobs, too many acts of intimidation and destruction,” and he called on those who encourage it to stop, whether on the left or the right.
“Now I ask all those who have ever believed in our agenda to think of ways to ease tensions, calm down and help promote peace in our country,” he added.
He also said he has been warned by the Secret Service of “potential threats” due to demonstrations that have been called for the next few days in Washington and other areas of the country on the occasion of the ceremony of the transfer of power next Wednesday.
“I have ordered federal agencies to use all necessary resources to maintain order in Washington. We are bringing in thousands of National Guard members to secure the city and ensure that the transition can occur safely and without incident,” he said.
Trump will leave the White House on Wednesday, January 20th, the day his successor, Democrat Joe Biden, is scheduled to be inaugurated.
Likewise, Trump took the opportunity to criticize the “efforts of cancellation and censorship,”in a tacit allusion to the measures adopted by different social media companies that have suspended his accounts and censored thousands of his followers, while allowing incitement of violence by the other side.
“Today I call on all Americans to overcome the passions of the moment and come together as one people. Let us choose to move forward together for the sake of our families, our communities and our country,” Trump concluded.