President Donald Trump on Thursday evening, Jan. 7, condemned the rioters at the U.S. Capitol, called for “healing and reconciliation,” and revealed that his focus now “turns to ensuring a smooth, orderly, and seamless transition.”
Addressing the nation from the White House, President Trump criticized the mobs, identified as antifa, who crept into the crowds of his peaceful supporters to attack the Capitol on Wednesday.
“To demonstrators who infiltrated the Capitol: you have defiled the seat of American democracy. To those who engage in the acts of violence and destruction: you do not represent our country. And to those who broke the law: you will pay,” the president said, after making clear that he had responded by deploying the National Guard and federal law enforcement to secure the building and expel the intruders.
President Trump then called on the American people to heal the country, which has just experienced an intense election, saying that they should keep calm and “get on with the business of America.”
“My 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,” he said.
President Trump said that his focus now “turns to ensuring a smooth, orderly, and seamless transition of power. This moment calls for healing and reconciliation” to a new administration after the Congress certified the electoral votes.
The president said that the American people faced a challenging time in 2020 with a menacing CCP Virus pandemic and a damaged economy. But “defeating this pandemic and rebuilding the greatest economy on earth will require all of us working together.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 8, 2021
President Trump encouraged his “wonderful supporters,” saying, “I know you are disappointed, but I also want you to know that our incredible journey is only just beginning.”
“God bless you! And God bless America!” he concluded the address as usual.