Donald Trump addresses Capitol rioters in speech

  • 08/01/2021

US President Donald Trump has released a video to Twitter where he said rioters who breached the Capitol building have "defiled the seat of American democracy." 

He thanked his "wonderful supporters," adding that his "incredible journey is only just beginning." 

Read the full speech below:

I would like to begin by addressing the heinous attack on the US capitol like all Americans, I am outraged by the violence lawlessness and mayhem.

I immediately deployed the National Guard and federal law enforcement to secure the building and dispel intruders. 

America is and must always be a nation of law and order. The demonstrators who infiltrated the Capitol have defiled the seat of American democracy.

To those who engaged in the acts of violence and destruction you do not represent our country and to those who broke the law you will pay.

We have just been through an intense election and emotions are high but now tempers must be cooled and calm restored.

We must get on with the business of America.

My campaign vigorously pursued every legal avenue to contest the election results, my only goal was to ensure the integrity of the vote. 

In doing so I was fighting to defend American democracy. I continue to strongly believe that we must reform our election laws to verify the identity and eligibility of all votes and to ensure faith and confidence in all future elections.

Now congress has certified the results a new administration will be inaugurated on January 20 my focus now turns to ensuring a smooth orderly and seamless transition of power.

This moment calls for healing and reconciliation. 

2020 has been a challenging time for our people. 

A menacing pandemic has upended the lives of our citizens, isolated millions in their homes, damaged our economy and claimed countless lives.

Defeating this pandemic and rebuilding the greatest economy on earth will require all of us working together  

It will require a renewed emphasis on the civic values of patriotism, faith, charity, community and family we must revitalise the sacred bonds of love and loyalty that bind us together as one national family 

To the citizens of our country, serving as your president has been the honour of my lifetime. 

And to all of my wonderful supporters, I know you are disappointed but I also want you to know that our incredible journey is only just beginning. 

Thank you, God bless you and God bless America.