Donald Trump delivers his farewell address
The Speaker of the US House of Representatives has condemned the role Mr Trump played in the violent insurrection on Congress on January 6, which claimed the lives of five people including a police officer. Speaking during Mr Trump’s final full day in office on Tuesday, Ms Pelosi hit out at the language used by the outgoing US President during his “Save America” rally in Washington prior to the siege on the Capitol.
In an interview on US TV station MSNBC, Ms Pelosi said: “Presidents’ words are important. They weigh a tonne.
“And they used his words to come here.”
Mr Trump’s controversial quotes came as he was speaking to thousands of his supporters at a rally in the US capital when Electoral College votes were being counted to confirm Joe Biden as the next US President.
Mr Trump repeated unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud during the November 3 election and urged his supporters to march on Congress.
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He said: “I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard.”
Mr Trump added: “We’re going to walk down to the Capitol and we’re going to cheer on our brave senators and congressmen and women, and we’re probably not going to be cheering so much for some of them.”
Demonstrators then went on to storm the Capitol building and five people died.
Speaking to MSNBC’s Joy Reid, Ms Pelosi said Mr Trump was responsible for the crimes committed.
She said: “And the crime, in some cases, was murder.
“And this President is an accessory to that crime because he instigated that insurrection that caused those deaths and this destruction.”
As the shocking scenes unfolded and beamed around the world, Mr Trump urged the mob to go home.
He later said he was “outraged” by the “heinous” attack on at the Capitol – a beacon of US democracy.
Days later, Mr Trump added: “Violence and vandalism have no place in our country. No true supporter of mine would ever endorse political violence.”
A number officials including District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine have said they are looking into the role of Mr Trump in the Capitol siege, but none have said he could be an accessory to the deaths, as alleged by Ms Pelosi.
Last week, Mr Trump was impeached over the storming of Congress and became the first US President in history to be charged by the US House of Representatives twice.
A single article of impeachment – “incitement of insurrection” – will be brought before the Senate.
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In her scathing attack, Mr Pelosi went on to describe Mr Trump as a “stain on our country” and “unworthy to be president”.
She said: “I don’t think we could have sustained our democracy if he had had two terms in office for what he was doing to our institutions or what he was doing to our constitution.”
Ms Pelosi added: “He, in every respect, was unworthy to be president, did not respect the office that he held, and certainly did not respect the office that the rest of us hold as well.”
In his farewell speech released on Tuesday night, Mr Trump wished the next administration good luck but did not once mention his successor Joe Biden by name.
Mr Biden, 78, will formally become the 46th US President when he is inaugurated later today.
Mr Trump will not attend the ceremony marking the transition of power – becoming the first US President in more than 100 years to boycott the event.
In his speech from the White House, Mr Trump said: “This week, we inaugurate a new administration and pray for its success in keeping America safe and prosperous.
“We extend our best wishes, and we also want them to have luck – a very important word.”
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