Barack Obama Says Trump 'Incited' Violence At Capitol With His Baseless Lies

Written by on January 6, 2021

Former President Barack Obama minced no phrases on Wednesday in his repudiation of Donald Trump and his function within the riot on the U.S. Capitol.

In an announcement, Obama mentioned the outgoing president had “incited” the violence together with his torrent of lies concerning the presidential election.

“Historical past will rightly keep in mind right now’s violence on the Capitol, incited by a sitting president who has continued to baselessly lie concerning the consequence of a lawful election, as a second of nice dishonor and disgrace for our nation,” the assertion learn.

Trump has repeatedly dismissed the November election outcomes as fraudulent. Earlier on Wednesday, he advised supporters that he would “by no means concede” and inspired them to march on the Capitol constructing, the place legislators had gathered to formally certify President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.

Lots of of Trump’s supporters later violently stormed the Capitol, forcing lawmakers to evacuate.

In his assertion, Obama mentioned the rebellion was stunning however shouldn’t come as a “whole shock,” given the GOPs “fantasy narrative” post-election.

“For 2 months now, a political get together and its accompanying media ecosystem has too usually been unwilling to inform their followers the reality — that this was not a very shut election and that President-Elect Biden might be inaugurated on January 20. Their fantasy narrative has spiraled additional and farther from actuality, and it builds upon years of sown resentments. Now we’re seeing the implications, whipped up right into a violent crescendo,” he wrote.

Earlier on Wednesday, former President George W. Bush additionally expressed “disbelief and dismay” on the violence and urged “each patriotic citizen to help the rule of regulation.” 

In contrast to Obama, Bush didn’t explicitly lambast Trump however mentioned he was “appalled by the reckless conduct of some political leaders because the election.”

“To those that are upset within the outcomes of the election: Our nation is extra necessary than the politics of the second,” Bush mentioned in an announcement.

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