NATIONAL NEWS

Pres. Trump Tells Backers To ‘Go Home’ After Capitol Stormed

Jan 6, 2021, 3:25 PM
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 06: President Donald Trump speaks at the "Stop The Steal" Rally on January...
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 06: President Donald Trump speaks at the "Stop The Steal" Rally on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC. Trump supporters gathered in the nation's capital today to protest the ratification of President-elect Joe Biden's Electoral College victory over President Trump in the 2020 election. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
(Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump told his supporters on Wednesday to “go home” after they stormed the Capitol in protest of his reelection defeat and he urged them to stay peaceful, but he also praised their mission even after it erupted in violence.

In a video message tweeted as authorities struggled to take control of Capitol Hill, Trump refused to refrain from promoting his baseless allegations of mass voter fraud and said loyalists who had swarmed the seat of American democracy were “very special.”

“I know your pain. I know your hurt. But you have to go home now,” he said. “We can’t play into the hands of these people. We have to have peace. So go home. We love you. You’re very special.”

The video statement came more than an hour after protesters stormed the Capitol as lawmakers convened for a joint session to confirm the Electoral College results and affirm President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.

It came after growing pressure from Republican lawmakers and former administration officials who begged Trump to take more decisive action that would help quell the violence by his supporters. Trump had taken to Twitter earlier to ask backers to “remain peaceful,” but he did not call for them to disperse.

The nation’s capital descended into chaos when protestors overwhelmed police and bulled their way into the Capitol, forcing a delay of the joint session of Congress where lawmakers were counting electoral votes that will affirm Biden’s White House victory two weeks before Inauguration Day.

In the earlier tweets, Trump had offered only a muted response to the violence as loyalists brandishing his paraphernalia clashed with police, occupied the Capitol and even stormed the Senate chamber.

At a rally near the White House, Trump had encouraged supporters to march on the Capitol and suggested at one point that he would join them on Capitol Hill. In his remarks, he used incendiary language with violent undertones.

Trump had urged his supporters to “get rid of the weak Congress people” — presumably through primary challenges. He said “get the weak ones get out. This is the time for strength.”

Republican lawmakers pleaded with Trump to do more to stop the violence. House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy of California said he told the president to “calm individuals down.”

“I’ve already talked to the president,” McCarthy told Fox News. “I called him. I think we need to make a statement, make sure that we can calm individuals down.”

A Senate ally, Republican Marco Rubio of Florida, appealed directly to the White House: “Mr. President @realDonaldTrump the men & women of law enforcement are under assault. It is crucial you help restore order by sending resources to assist the police and ask those doing this to stand down.”

Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-Wis., posted a video message urging Trump to “call it off.”

“This is Banana Republic crap that we’re watching right now,” said Gallagher, who had spoken out against objections from fellow Republicans to certifying the Electoral College vote that Biden won.

Former White House staff also joined the pleas.

“Condemn this now, @realDonaldTrump – you are the only one they will listen to,” tweeted former White House communications direct Alyssa Farah.

Added his former chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney: “The best thing @realDonaldTrump could do right now is to address the nation from the Oval Office and condemn the riots. A peaceful transition of power is essential to the country and needs to take place on 1/20.”

Vice President Mike Pence, who was ushered out of the Senate chamber to a secure location as protesters breached the building, tweeted for protesters to disperse.

“The violence and destruction taking place at the US Capitol Must Stop and it Must Stop Now,” he said. “Anyone involved must respect Law Enforcement officers and immediately leave the building.”

___

Associated Press writers Alexandra Jaffe and Kevin Freking contributed to this report.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

National News

FILE (Getty Images)...
Associated Press

Police: Virginia toddler left in car dies, father kills self

A toddler accidentally left in a vehicle for hours died Tuesday and police said his father was found dead in an apparent suicide at their Virginia home.
16 hours ago
Cameron Diaz is making a new movie with Jamie Foxx. (Weiss Eubanks/NBCUniversal/Getty Images via CN...
Leah Asmelash, CNN

Cameron Diaz is coming out of retirement, thanks to Jamie Foxx

After an eight-year hiatus, Cameron Diaz is making movies again.
16 hours ago
(KSL TV)...
Associated Press

Feds looking at finances of Native American boarding school

One of the few boarding schools for Native American students run by the federal government in Oregon is looking closely at the school’s finances by the feds.
16 hours ago
Members of the National Transportation Safety Board arrive to investigate Monday's Amtrak Derailmen...
Rebekah Riess and Christina Maxouris, CNN

Missouri authorities identify 4 people killed in Amtrak derailment

Missouri authorities on Wednesday identified the four people who were killed when an Amtrak train crashed into a dump truck at a crossing near the town of Mendon earlier this week.
16 hours ago
26 June 2022, Oldenburg: Damian Bodde (l) and Marc Meyerholz prepare a robot for use. Eight days af...
Sana Noor Haq and Benjamin Brown, CNN

Missing 8-year-old boy found alive after more than a week in sewers

An 8-year-old boy was found alive in a sewer eight days after he went missing in Oldenburg, northwestern Germany.
16 hours ago
U.S. is shipping tens of thousands of monkeypox vaccines to 48 states....
Cary J. Schwanitz, KSL TV

Feds report two more Utah monkeypox cases

The White House announced Wednesday that it was sending 20 doses of the monkeypox vaccine to Utah.
16 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

hand holding 3d rendering mobile connect with security camera for security solutions...
Les Olson

Wondering what security solutions are right for you? Find out more about how to protect your surroundings

Physical security helps everyone. Keep your employees, clients, and customers safe with security solutions that protect your workplace.
Many rattan pendant lights, hay hang from the ceiling.Traditional and simple lighting....
Lighting Design

The Best Ways to Style Rattan Pendant Lighting in Your Home

Rattan pendant lights create a rustic and breezy feel, and are an easy way to incorporate this hot trend into your home decor.
Earth day 2022...
1-800-GOT-JUNK?

How Are You Celebrating Earth Day 2022? | 4 Simple Ways to Celebrate Earth Day and Protect the Environment

Earth Day is a great time to reflect on how we can be more environmentally conscious. Here are some tips for celebrating Earth Day.
Get Money Online...

More Ways to Get Money Online Right Now in Your Spare Time

Here are 4 easy ways that you can get more money online if you have some free time and want to make a little extra on the side.
Lighting trends 2022...

Lighting Trends 2022 | 5 Beautiful Home Lighting Trends You Can Expect to See this Year and Beyond

This is where you can see the latest lighting trends for 2022 straight from the Lightovation Show at the Dallas World Trade Center.
What Can't You Throw Away in the Trash...

What Can’t You Throw Away in the Trash? | 5 Things You Shouldn’t Throw in to Your Trash Can

What can't you throw away in the trash? Believe it or not, there are actually many items that shouldn't be thrown straight into the trash.
Pres. Trump Tells Backers To ‘Go Home’ After Capitol Stormed