President Trump calls for ‘healing and reconciliation’ in video message to supporters
President Donald Trump has called for “healing and reconciliation” in a video message to his supporters, promising that “our incredible journey is only just beginning.”
The president was speaking out to condemn the “heinous attack” on the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.
“Like all Americans, I am outraged by the violence, lawlessness, and mayhem,” Trump said of the riots in Washington D.C.
He revealed that he had “immediately” deployed the National Guard when the protests turned violent.
Trump tweeted out the video shortly after his account was unlocked by Twitter.
Twitter, along with Facebook and most other Big Tech platforms, suspended the president in response to the riot.
“Emotions are high now, but tempers must be cooled and calm restored,” the president continued.
“We must get on with the business of America.
“My campaign rigorously pursued every legal avenue to contest the election results.
“My only goal was to ensure the integrity of the vote.”
“My focus now turns to ensuring a smooth, orderly and seamless transition,” Trump said, acknowledging that “a new administration” would be inaugurated on January 20.
“This moment now calls for healing and reconciliation.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 8, 2021
He noted the struggles ahead mitigating the coronavirus and rebuilding the economy, calling for unity.
“It will require all of us working together.
“It will require a renewed emphasis on the civic values of patriotism, faith, charity, community, and family.”
“To the citizens of our country, serving as your president has been the honor of a lifetime,” he continued.
“To my incredible supporters, I know you are disappointed, but I also want you to know that our incredible journey is only just beginning.”
Trump promised on Thursday to offer an orderly transition, despite his grievances, after Congress certified the Electoral College results in favor of former Vice President Joe Biden.
On Wednesday evening, Trump tweeted out a statement: “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,” Trump tweeted.
“Go home with love & peace.”
He added: “Remember this day forever!”
Before that, he posted a video message to Twitter, addressing supporters, saying: “I know your pain, I know your hurt.”
“We had an election that was stolen from us,” Trump said from the White House.
“It was a landslide election and everyone knows it, especially the other side.
“This was a fraudulent election, but we can’t play into the hands of these people,” Trump said.
“We have to have peace.”
Twitter suspended the president for the pair of tweets and removed them.