Barack Obama’s full statement on violence at the Capitol

A member of the Democratic Party, Barack Obama released a statement on his social media accounts on violence at the Capitol. It was after Trump supporters stormed the Capitol Building just as lawmakers inside prepared to certify President-elect Joe Biden’s November election win.

Obama addressed the rioting of Donald Trump supporters at the U.S. Capitol. Barack Obama is calling it “a moment of great dishonor and shame for our nation.” In the statement released on Wednesday, Obama aimed at Trump and his supporters’ baseless claims of election fraud.

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The released statements on violence at the Capitol

Barack Obama's statement on violence at the Capitol
Barack Obama’s statement on violence at the Capitol

In the statement, Obama said, “History will rightly remember today’s violence at the Capitol, incited by a sitting president who has continued to baselessly lie about the outcome of a lawful election, as a moment of great dishonor and shame for our nation. But we’d be kidding ourselves if we treat it as a totals surprise.

For two months now, a political party and its accompanying media ecosystem have too often been unwilling to tell their followers the truth-that this was not a particularly close election and that President-elect Biden will be inaugurated on January 20. Their fantasy narrative has spiraled further and further from reality. And it builds upon years of sown resentments. Now we’re seeing the consequences, whipped up into a violent crescendo.”

Besides, he said, “Right now, Republican leaders have a choice made clear in the desecrated chambers of democracy. They can continue down this road and keep stoking the raging fires. Or they can choose reality and take the first steps toward extinguishing the flames. They can choose America.

I’ve been heartened to see many members of the President’s party speak up forcefully today. Their voices add to the examples of Republican state and local election officials in states like Georgia who’ve refused to be intimidated and have discharged their duties honorably. We need more leaders like these-right now and in the days, weeks, and months ahead as President-Elect works to restore a common purpose to our politics. It’s up to all of us as Americans, regardless of party, to support him in that goal.”

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