President Trump said Thursday that he was â€œoutragedâ€ his supporters stormed the US Capitol, calling the chaotic intrusion a â€œheinousâ€ attack on the country.
â€œI would like to begin by addressing the heinous attack on the United States Capitol,â€ the president said in a video posted on Twitter. â€œLike all Americans, I am outraged by the violence, lawlessness, and mayhem.â€
â€œThe demonstrators who infiltrated the Capitol have defiled the seat of American democracy,â€ he said.
â€œTo those who engaged in these acts of violence and destruction, you do not represent our country.â€
â€œAnd to those who broke the law, you will pay.â€
Trump said he â€œimmediatelyâ€ deployed the National Guard and federal law enforcement when the building was breached and said that â€œAmerica is and must always be a nation of law and order.â€
The speech comes as Democrats are considering a second impeachment of Trump, due to claims he riled up the protesters who breached the Capitol during a rally earlier in the day.
Trump also expressed the strongest acceptance yet of his election loss to president-elect Joe Biden.
â€œWe have just been through an intense election and emotions are high, but now tempers must be cooled and calm restored,â€ he said. â€œWe must get on with the business of America.â€
â€œMy campaign vigorously pursued every legal avenue to contest the election results. My only goal was to ensure the integrity of the vote. In so doing I was fighting to defend American democracy.â€
â€œI continue to strongly believe that we must reform our election laws to verify the identity and eligibility of all votes and to ensure faith and confidence in all future elections,â€ he said.
â€œNow Congress has certified the results,â€ Trump continued. â€œA new administration will be inaugurated on January 20. My focus now turns to ensuring a smooth, orderly, and seamless transition of power.â€
â€œThis moment calls for healing and reconciliation.â€ He called 2020 â€œa challenging time for our people,â€ and called for unity.
â€œA menacing pandemic has upended the lives of our citizens, isolated millions in their homes, damaged our economy, and claimed countless lives,â€ Trump said. â€œDefeating this pandemic and rebuilding the greatest economy on earth will require all of us working together.â€
â€œIt will require a renewed emphasis on the civic values of patriotism, faith, charity, community, and family,â€ he said.
â€œWe must revitalize the sacred bonds of love and loyalty that bind us together as one national family.â€ He said serving as president had been â€˜the honor of my lifetimeâ€ â€” but also vowed that he wasnâ€™t yet done with politics.
â€œAnd to all of my wonderful supporters, I know you are disappointed,â€ he said.
â€œBut I also want you to know that our incredible journey is only just beginning. Thank you, God bless you, and God bless America.â€