Jan 6, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Trump defends mob that stormed U.S. Capitol

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President Trump. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

President Trump tweeted his support for the protesters who invaded the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, insisting that Americans should "[r]emember this day forever!"

What he's saying: Trump, who falsely claims the election was stolen from him, wrote: "These are the things and events that happen when a sacred landslide election victory is so unceremoniously & viciously stripped away from great patriots who have been badly & unfairly treated for so long."

  • The president added that protesters should go home "with love & in peace." He posted a video earlier Wednesday calling on demonstrators to leave the Capitol grounds.

The state of play: A citywide curfew began in Washington, D.C. at 6 p.m. Lawmakers, staff and reporters were evacuated earlier and moved to undisclosed locations while order within the building was restored.

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