President Trump issued a statement Wednesday calling for “peace” and urging supporters who stormed the Capitol to “go home” but repeating his claims that the presidential election was stolen from him.
“I know your pain. I know your hurt. We had an election that was stolen from us,” Trump said in a video shot outside the White House. “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.”
Members of Congress met in a joint session to count the electoral votes and affirm Joe Biden as the next president of the United States.
Trump addressed a large rally of his supporters in which he attacked Republican congressional leaders for not backing his challenge. He also pressured Vice President Mike Pence to “come through for us” by rejecting slates of electors he insisted were chosen fraudulently. As Trump was still speaking, Pence