Since the Capitol riot, US President Donald Trump has brushed off any responsibility for the deadly unrest that claimed the lives of at least five people, including Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick. Trump has stated that his remarks at the “Stop the Steal” rally were “totally appropriate” and not a call for violence.
Permanently barred from Twitter, Trump issued a statement on Wednesday through the White House press secretary’s office that called for “no violence” amid reports that demonstrations were being planned ahead of Inauguration Day.
Looming demonstrations noted by Trump were highlighted earlier this week in an FBI memo that warned multiple armed protests were expected to take place across the US at all 50 state capitols, including the US Capitol. The memo stated that a “storming” was being planned at state, local and federal courthouses should Trump be removed from the Oval Office before Inauguration Day.
Additionally, federal authorities revealed that an “identified armed group” planned to travel to Washington, DC, on January 16 if congressional lawmakers proceeded with measures to invoke the 25th Amendment.
At present, the nation’s capital is on high alert ahead of US President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, with thousands of National Guard troops deployed to the city. Estimates suggest more than 20,000 troops will be available to ensure security.
Trump’s Wednesday statement echoed remarks the…