US President-elect Joe Biden addressed the nation during violent clashes at the US Capitol.
Acknowledging that the eyes of the world were now on Washington DC, Biden called on US President Donald Trump to “step up” and appear on TV immediately to call on his supporters to stand down.
Biden said the US Capitol and democracy in the US were “under assault.”
“This is an assault on the most sacred of American undertakings—the doing of the people’s business.
“The scenes of chaos at the Capitol do not reflect the true America, they do not reflect who we are. This is not dissent, it’s disorder. It’s chaos, it borders on sedition, and it must end now.”
“We are so much better than what we have seen today,” Biden said.
A woman was shot during skirmishes between police and Trump supporters at the Capitol building in Washington DC, according to reports.
The US Capitol is currently in lockdown after protesters breached barricades amid violent clashes between President Donald Trump’s supporters and Washington DC police.
Both chambers of Congress abruptly recessed as they were debating the Electoral College vote that gave Joe Biden the presidency.
Meantime US President Donald Trump in a message that will do little to ease tensions in Washington, repeated the baseless claim that the US election was “stolen”.
“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,” Trump said.
“We have to have law and order, we have to respect our great people in law and order.”
“We don’t want anybody hurt,” he said to the protesters who had stormed the Capitol building in Washington.
Trump called the protesters “very special.”
He said: “So go home, we love you, you’re very special. You’ve seen what happens, you’ve seen 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,” he added.
Twitter, Facebook, Youtube remove Trump’s statements
Meanwhile, Twitter removed three tweets from the account of President Donald Trump on Wednesday and suspended his account for 12 hours after he continued to push conspiracy theories about the election after a mob stormed the US Capitol.
The company also warned that further violations of its rules “will result in permanent suspension” of Trump’s Twitter account.
One of the tweets included a video of Trump repeating unfounded claims that the election was taken from him and encouraging his supporters to disperse after violence erupted at the Capitol. He said that law and order were needed and that he loved his supporters.
Facebook and YouTube also removed the video from Trump’s accounts.
Twitter removed Trump’s post after initially having prohibited it from being retweeted or replied to. It had added a tag to the post that read, “This claim of election fraud is disputed, and this Tweet can’t be replied to, retweeted, or liked due to a risk of violence.” Twitter also removed a subsequent tweet by Trump.
Twitter said through one of its company accounts that if Trump removes the tweets, his account will be unlocked. Trump’s official government account on Twitter, which he doesn’t use as frequently as his personal account, remains active.