White House Condemns Riots at U.S. Capitol

By Melanie Arter | January 7, 2021 | 5:42pm EST
 Damage is seen inside the US Capitol building early on January 7, 2021 in Washington, DC, after supporters of US President Donald Trump breeched security and entered the building during a session of Congress.
Damage is seen inside the US Capitol building early on January 7, 2021 in Washington, DC, after supporters of US President Donald Trump breeched security and entered the building during a session of Congress. (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany issued a statement on Thursday, condemning the mob attack on the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.

She said that just like she condemned the violence of Black Lives Matter and Antifa protesters who attacked and burned a church a block from the White House, McEnany, President Donald Trump, and the administration condemn “in the strongest possible terms” the attack by Trump supporters on the U.S. Capitol Building, which took place shortly after the president spoke at the Save America March.


“I am here to deliver this message on behalf of the entire White House. Let me be clear. The violence we saw yesterday at our nation's capital was appalling, reprehensible, and antithetical to the American way. We condemn it - the president and this administration in the strongest possible terms,” McEnany said.

“It is unacceptable, and those that broke the law should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. I stand here at this podium the day after a historic church burned amid violent riots, and I said this ‘The First Amendment guarantees the right of the people to peacefully assemble. What we saw last night in Washington and across the country was not that,” she said.

“Make no mistake, what we saw yesterday in the halls of our capital likewise was not that. We grieve for the loss of life and those injured, and we hold them in our prayers and close to our hearts. We thank our valiant law enforcement officers who are true American heroes,” the press secretary said.

“What we saw yesterday was a group of violent rioters undermining the legitimate 1st Amendment rights of the many thousands who came to peacefully have their voices heard in our nation's capital. Those who violently besieged our capital are the opposite of everything this administration stands for,” McEnany said.

“The core value of our administration is the idea that all citizens have the right to live in safety, peace, and freedom. Those who are working in this building are working to ensure an orderly transition of power. Now, it is time for America to unite, to come together, to reject the violence that we have seen. We are one American people under God,” she added.

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