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Trump ditches supporters on Capitol violence, says ‘they will pay’ for it

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 Trump ditches supporters on Capitol violence says they will pay for it

Outgoing U.S President, Donald Trump, said he was “outraged by the violence, lawlessness and mayhem” after a group of his supporters stormed the Capitol and forced a halt to a Congressional joint sitting.

Trump said demonstrators “defiled the seat of democracy” and added “to those who broke the law, you will pay,” in a video posted on Twitter.

Trump did not acknowledge his role in riling up his supporters with with baseless allegations of election fraud and encouraging them to march to the Capitol.

He promised a smooth transition to president-elect Joe Biden, who defeated him in November’s presidential election.

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“Now Congress has certified the results, a new administration will be inaugurated on January 20.

“My focus now turns to ensuring a smooth, orderly and seamless transition of power,” he said.

However, in a message to his “wonderful supporters,” Trump added “I know you are disappointed but I also want you to know that our incredible journey is only just beginning.”

The Democratic leaders in Congress, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, demanded that Vice President Mike Pence remove Trump under the Constitution’s 25th Amendment.

The calls were echoed by a Republican governor, a Republican lawmaker and numerous House Democrats.

“If the vice president and Cabinet do not act, the Congress may be prepared to move forward with impeachment,” Pelosi told a press conference.

Trump was impeached in 2019, but the Senate cleared him of charges last year.

U.S Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao became the first Cabinet official to announce resignation following the attack on the U.S Capitol.

Chao, who is the wife of Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, said the “traumatic and entirely avoidable event” had “deeply troubled” her.

Deputy national security adviser Matt Pottinger quit following the resignations of multiple administration officials.

Late on Thursday, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany condemned the violence that took place on behalf of President Donald Trump and the entire White House.

Trump had earlier issued a statement via his social media director saying there would be an orderly transition, the first time he made such comments since the election.

Social media giant Facebook banned Trump from his accounts indefinitely, citing his intent to “undermine the peaceful and lawful transition of power.”

Twitter had locked Trump’s account on Wednesday, though he was able to post from it nearly 24 hours later.

U.S. lawmakers finally certified Biden’s election win in the early hours of Thursday.

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