The declaration calling for unity was notably not made by the American president but by his spokesperson.
The White House condemned the pro-Donald Trump mob that ransacked the U.S. Capitol, 24 hours after Trump told rioters he loved them.
In the first White House comments since an overnight statement from the president, press secretary Kayleigh McEnany read a two-minute statement to reporters “on behalf of the entire White House.”
“The violence we saw yesterday in our nation’s capital was appalling, reprehensible and contrary to the American way. We condemn him – the president and this administration – in the strongest terms, ”she said.
“This is unacceptable and those who broke the law should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
“What we saw yesterday is a group of violent rioters violating the rights of thousands of First Amendment people,” McEnany continued.
“Those who besieged the Capitol are the opposite of everything this administration stands for.”
“Those who work in this building are working to ensure an orderly transition of power. Now it is time for America to unite. “
The press secretary’s remarks were notable in that they were not delivered by the president, that the condemnation came more than 24 hours after the siege had started, and that they came a day after Trump did. the praise of the rioters.
Trump has not been spoken live since his remarks at a rally that took place before the riot where he set his supporters on fire before their march to Capitol Hill. He released a video Wednesday afternoon more than two hours after the siege, telling the rioters, “We love you. You are very special. … Go home and go home in peace.
Overnight, in a tweet sent out by Trump’s aide Dan Scavino, Trump said, “Even though I totally disagree with the outcome of the election and the facts confirm it to me, there will nonetheless be an orderly transition on January 20 ”.