FILE PHOTO: President Donald Trump watches his supporters at the end of his speech during a rally in Washington, DC, on January 6, 2021. REUTERS / Jim Bourg
The outgoing president of the United States, Donald Trump, asked his followers on Wednesday not to engage in “violence” or break the law in light of the multiple reports that point to possible new demonstrations in the days before and during the inauguration of the president-elect. , Joe Biden, next January 20.
Following the Capitol riots on Wednesday, Trump urged calm and stated that he opposed any violence between his supporters as Congress debated his removal for inciting insurrection.
“In light of the reports of more demonstrations, I urge that there be NO violence, NO law violations, and NO vandalism. That is not what I stand for, and it is not what the United States stands for, ”Trump said in a statement released by the White House.
He added: “I appeal to ALL Americans to help ease tensions and calm things down. Thank you”.
FILE PHOTO: An explosion caused by police ammunition as supporters of US President Donald Trump gather in front of the US Capitol building in Washington, United States, on January 6, 2021. REUTERS / Leah Millis
Trump has sent mixed messages about his followers’ assault on Capitol Hill: during the attack, he described them as “very special people,” but later tried to distance himself from them and condemn the violence.
This Tuesday, Trump avoided assuming any type of responsibility for what happened and defended as “totally appropriate” the speech he gave before the assault on the Capitol, in which he urged his followers to address Congress to prevent legislators from ratifying the victory of Biden.
A supporter of President Donald Trump carries a Confederate flag on the second floor of the US Capitol, near the entrance to the Senate after breaching security defenses, in Washington DC, USA. January 6, 2021. REUTERS / Mike Theiler
His new message comes two days after the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) warned that radical supporters of Trump are planning “armed protests” planned in all 50 states of the country between the 16th and the 20th, when Biden will take office.
Extremist groups, which after the closure of thousands of their Twitter accounts and the blocking of the conservative social network Parler have begun to coordinate in encrypted messaging applications such as Telegram, have also threatened a possible new assault on the Capitol or the headquarters of state congresses.
Despite Trump’s call to avoid violence, some analysts believe that the outgoing president has further emboldened extremists with his assertions on Tuesday that the impeachment trial being prepared in Congress is generating a lot of “anger” in the country.
The violence of the past week has led to the maximum tightening of security in Washington, and it is expected that before the inauguration more than 20,000 members of the National Guard, who have already protected the Capitol for days, will be activated.
With information from AFP and EFE
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