Amid violence surrounding the US capital Washington D.C., President Donald Trump called on his supporters on Wednesday to respect law and order and go home.
In a video on Twitter, the president repeated his claim that the Nov. 3 presidential election was “stolen from us” and said everyone including the Democrats know it.
“But you have to go home now. We have to have peace. We have to have law and order, and we have to respect our great people and law and order. We don’t want anybody hurt,” said Trump.
Trump’s tweet was quickly flagged by Twitter, with a warning label stating that “This claim of election fraud is disputed, and this Tweet cannot be replied to, Retweeted, or liked due to a risk of violence.”
His remarks came after hundreds of his supporters clashed with police during an apparent attempt to storm the Capitol building.
Videos on social media showed supporters tearing down security fences and confronting police to breach the building.
The Washington Post reported that two buildings at the Capitol complex have been evacuated amid the tension.
The incident happened minutes after Vice President Mike Pence announced that he rejected Trump’s demand that he interfere in Congress’s counting of Electoral College votes, just minutes before lawmakers were set to convene in a rare joint session.
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