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Under Heavy Pressure, Trump Releases Video Condemning Capitol Siege

Added 01-13-21 09:40:04pm EST - “The video was made public after President Trump was impeached a second time and after he told his followers in the hours following the riot a week ago that "we love you."” - Nytimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nytimes.com: “Under Heavy Pressure, Trump Releases Video Condemning Capitol Siege”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The video was made public after President Trump was impeached a second time and after he told his followers in the hours following the riot a week ago that “we love you.”

Under heavy pressure from his advisers, President Trump on Wednesday released a five-minute video recorded in the Oval Office condemning last week’s mob violence at the Capitol and urging his supporters to stand down from further rioting next week.

The video was made public hours after Mr. Trump was impeached a second time and was the result, advisers said, of Mr. Trump’s realization of the catastrophic fallout from the deadly riot, which also left lawmakers fearing for their lives in the seat of American democracy.

Mr. Trump offered no note of humility, regret or self-reflection about his two months of false claims that the election was stolen from him. But it was also a broader condemnation of the violence than he has offered so far.

A week ago, only hours after the rampage, Mr. Trump told his supporters who had rioted: “We love you. You’re very special.”

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