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Trump condemns deadly riot in video after impeachment

President Donald Trump condemned violence in a statement

President Donald Trump condemned violence in a statement and a video Wednesday. Credit: AP/Delcia Lopez

President Donald Trump has released a video condemning the violent insurrection he fomented at the Capitol last week.

The video came out Wednesday after he was impeached by the House for a record second time, this time with Republican votes. Trump also called on his supporters to remain peaceful amid concerns about additional violence in the days before President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.

Trump says: "I want to be very clear: I unequivocally condemn the violence that we saw last week." He says, "Like all of you I was shocked and deeply saddened by the calamity" and "no true supporter" of his "could ever endorse political violence."

Trump also said that he had directed federal agencies "to use all necessary resources to maintain order in Washington, D.C.," over the next week."

Trump made no reference to becoming the first president in the nation's history to be impeached twice.

Trump also said he opposes violence in a statement read on the House floor Wednesday before members voted to impeach him.

Trump’s message was read Wednesday by GOP Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio.

Trump said in a statement: "In light of reports of more demonstrations, I urge that there must be NO violence, NO lawbreaking and NO vandalism of any kind." Trump added: "That is not what I stand for, and it is not what America stands for. I call on ALL Americans to help ease tensions and calm tempers."

Just after 4:30 p.m., the House voted 232 to 197 to impeach Trump for a second time, just a week after he encouraged loyalists to "fight like hell" against election results and then a mob of his supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol. Five people died, including a U.S. Capitol Police officer.

The president falsely claimed widespread voter fraud cost him the election.

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