The White Home expresses its condolences for deaths and accidents within the riot on the Capitol
Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as they attempt to storm the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC on January 6, 2021.
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The White House released a statement Thursday expressing its condolences for the deaths and injuries that had occurred in the Capitol riots the previous day instigated by President Donald Trump.
“The White House mourns the loss of life that occurred yesterday and expresses its condolences to their families and loved ones,” said spokesman Judd Deere. “We continue to pray for a speedy recovery for the injured.”
Four people died and more than 50 police officers were injured Wednesday after pro-Trump protesters infiltrated the U.S. Capitol to prevent lawmakers from announcing President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the electoral college. Legislators finally confirmed Biden’s victory before 4 a.m. on Thursday.
CNBC’s Eamon Javers said authorities are expected to file multiple federal criminal charges related to the riot on Thursday.
One woman was shot dead by the US Capitol Police and three other people died in “medical emergencies,” local authorities said.
“The violent attack on the US Capitol was unlike any I’ve seen in my 30 years in law enforcement here in Washington, DC,” said Steven Sund, chief of the US Capitol, in a statement Thursday.
Sund said several police officers were hospitalized with serious injuries. Rioters “actively attacked US Capitol police and other uniformed police officers with metal pipes, released chemical irritants and took up other weapons against our officers,” he said.
Trump refused to condemn the riots, despite posting messages on Twitter long after it began, calling on attendees to protest peacefully.
Just before the mob broke into the US Capitol Complex, he told a crowd near the White House, “They don’t admit when it comes to theft. Our country has had enough. We won’t take it anymore.”
The president’s unsubstantiated allegations of widespread electoral fraud that inspired the uprising have been exposed by his own government. Courts across the country have dismissed lawsuits against the election results for failing to provide evidence.
Facebook and Twitter have taken the unprecedented move to ban the president from his social media accounts after continuing to tell falsehoods on Wednesday. The White House statement was e-mailed by a spokesman.
On Thursday, Facebook said Trump would be prevented from using his account for at least the remainder of his term, which ends Jan. 20 at 12:00 p.m.
The White House statement follows a statement by Trump himself, released early Thursday, which spread more lies about the election but promised “an orderly transition on Jan. 20”.
“While this marks the end of the greatest first term in the history of the President, it is only the beginning of our struggle to make America great again!” Said Trump.
Trump spent the final months of his presidential campaign using images of violence during protests against police brutality to label Biden and other Democrats as advocates of lawlessness.
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