(Bloomberg) -- President Donald Trump said, “Stay peaceful,” as protesters who support him stormed the U.S. Capitol, streaming past police barricades and forcing lawmakers into a lockdown.
Trump made the comments in a tweet Wednesday after the protesters had breached the Capitol building. Trump was watching the protests on television from the White House, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Earlier Wednesday, Trump held a rally near the White House, repeating his false claims that his loss to Joe Biden was due to vote fraud.
At the rally, Trump encouraged protesters to go to the Capitol and support the members of Congress who planned to object to some Electoral College votes. He also tweeted that Vice President Mike Pence, who was presiding over the certification, “didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and our Constitution.”
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