President Trump 'Unequivocally' Condemns Capitol Riots, Urges No Future Violence

Wednesday, January 13th 2021, 9:01 pm
By: CBS News


After he was impeached for a second time, President Trump released a new video speaking out more forcefully against the violence carried out by his supporters Wednesday, and saying that there should be no violence in the days ahead. The video was posted to the White House's Twitter account. 

"There has been reporting that additional demonstrations are being planned in the coming days, both here in Washington, and across the country," the president said in a five-minute video. "I have been briefed by the U.S. Secret Service on the potential threats. Every American deserves to have their voice heard in a respectful and peaceful way. That is your First Amendment right. But I cannot emphasize that there must be no violence, no law breaking and no vandalism of any kind. Everyone must follow our laws and obey the instructions of law enforcement."

The president also spoke out more forcefully against the violence perpetrated by his supporters at the Capitol, something many of his Republican colleagues wish he had done sooner. 

"Mob violence goes against everything I believe in, and everything our movement stands for," the president said in his video. "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 true supporter of mine could ever threaten or harass their fellow Americans. If you do any of these things, you are not supporting our movement — you are attacking it. And you are attacking our country. We cannot tolerate it." 

The president said he is "calling on all Americans to overcome the passions of the moment, and join together as one American people."