Donald Trump calls on his supporters who storm the US Capitol to leave, while continuing to make unfounded claims that he won the presidential election against Joe Biden.
“I know your pain, I know your hurt. We had an election that was stolen from us. It was a landslide election and everyone knows it, especially the other side. But 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. We don’t want anybody hurt,” Trump says in a tweeted video message.
He adds: “This was a fraudulent election, but we can’t play into the hands of these people… so go home. We love you. You’re very special.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2021
Hundreds of Trump supporters have stormed the Capitol, in what several lawmakers have called a coup attempt. At one point a Trump supporter sat at the platform where Vice President Pence had been minutes earlier.
Lawmakers were evacuated. All 1,100 members of the DC National Guard have been mobilized, and hundreds more security forces are also facing off against the insurrectionists.
As things stand, CNN says, security forces are still “hopelessly outnumbered” by the insurrectionists.
A curfew is due to come into force in DC in about an hour.