At a rally near the White House on Wednesday, Trump had encouraged supporters to march on the Capitol and suggested at one point that he would join them on Capitol Hill. In his remarks, he used incendiary language with violent undertones.
Trump had urged his supporters to “get rid of the weak Congress people” — presumably through primary challenges. He said “get the weak ones get out. This is the time for strength.”
After the day turned to chaos as the far-right extremists breached the U.S. Capitol — halting the Electoral College vote count — Trump issued a restrained call for peace, but did not urge supporters to disperse.
Minutes after President-elect Joe Biden called upon President Trump to call off his supporters, the president took to Twitter to release video-taped remarks asking his supporters to leave the area.
Here's a transcript of the president's remarks on Twitter, which the social media giant applied seemingly new restrictions upon and flagged as spreading false information about the election.
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. We don't want anybody hurt.
It's a very tough period of time. There's never been a time like this where such a thing happened where they could take it away from all of us — from me, from you, from our country. This was a fraudulent election, but we can't play into the hands of these people. We have to have peace. So go home. We love you. You're very special. You've seen what happens. You see the way others are treated that are so bad and so evil.
I know how you feel, but go home, and go home in peace.