DONALD Trump has repeated calls for Capitol protesters to go home – but chillingly told “patriots” to “remember this day forever”.
The president earlier tweeted a video saying the “election was stolen from us” and urged pro-Trump supporters storming the US Capitol to “go home” as the building went into lockdown – and a woman was fatally shot dead.
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But as reports came in of arrests inside the building, President Trump repeated calls for protesters to go home – but still claimed the result had been “viciously stripped away”.
“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,” he tweeted.
He added: “Go home with love & in peace. Remember this day forever!”
Twitter again moved quickly to delete the tweet, saying the president “violated the Twitter Rules” – not long after blocking interactions with his earlier video posted to the platform.
The social media flag on both posts said: “This claim of election fraud is disputed, and this Tweet can’t be replied to, Retweeted, or liked due to a risk of violence.”
Trump released a video message earlier on Wednesday afternoon – prompting the social media giant to disable shares and Facebook to remove it from the site, with a spokesman describing it as a “disgrace”.
Speaking in a video, the president said: “I know your pain. I know you’re hurt. We had an election that was stolen from us.
“It was a landslide election and everyone knows it – especially the other side.
“But you have to go home now. We have to have peace. We have to have Law and Order. We have to respect our great people in Law and Order.”
The outgoing president told his fans insisted “we don’t want anybody hurt.”
Before telling his supporters they are “very special” and “we love you,” Trump acknowledged this is a “tough” time.
He added: “There’s never been a period of time like this where such a thing happened where they could take it away from all of us.
“This was a fraudulent election, but we can’t play in to the hands of these people. We have to have peace.”
The president urged people to “go home and go home in peace” – insisting that he knows how they feel.
Trump’s video was released just minutes after Joe Biden demanded that he goes on live TV and denounce the rioting at Capitol Hill in Washington DC.
President-elect Biden called the scene at Capitol Hill “unlike anything we’ve seen in modern times.”
Biden addressed the riots on Capitol Hill as “an unprecedented attack.”
He said: “Our democracy is under an unprecedented assault. An assault on the rule of law like few times we’ve ever seen it.
“The scenes of chaos at the capitol do not represent who we are. It’s disorder, it’s chaos, it borders on sedition. It must end now.”
Trump’s pushed for peace after hundreds of his fans sieged the Capitol building and a woman was shot as bloody clashes erupted in Congress.
The female was shot in the neck and is in critical condition, while tear gas was fired by police in sickening scenes.
Meanwhile, another Trump fan was spotted with a “hole in his face.”
Shocking footage revealed supporters of President Trump ripped down fences, erected a cross and fought police in shocking footage.
Vice President Mike Pence was evacuated from the House chamber as the Capitol was put on lockdown, sources told Bloomberg.
Nancy Pelosi has since said the House will reconvene later tonight.