Donald Trump finally condemns US Capitol riots and gives up fight to overturn election

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Donald Trump has finally condemned fanatical supporters who "defiled" the Capitol complex on Wednesday, saying they "do not represent our country".

The President released a video to Twitter on Thursday in which he also accepted the result of the election for the first time and pledged a "smooth transition" of power to Joe Biden.

He had been temporarily banned from Twitter and Facebook in relation to his posts amidst the choas, which saw five killed, after the platforms deemed him to be inciting violence.

Trump, who hours before the video had continued to claim falsely that the election had been stolen from him, said that "serving as your president has been the honor of my lifetime".

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The president slammed Wednesday's violence, saying rioters had defiled the seat of American democracy, and said his focus would now turn to ensuring a smooth transition.

The statement was a stark reversal for Trump, who has spent months insisting he prevailed in the November 3 election due to widespread fraud, despite no evidence.

Huge crowds of pro-Trump rioters stormed the US Capitol, leading to five deaths
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Trump was deemed to be inciting violence during the chaos
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His exhortation on Wednesday to thousands of supporters that they should march to the Capitol to protest the election results whipped up a mob that overran police officers and invaded the Capitol building, forcing members of Congress into hiding for their own safety.

The top Democrats in Congress, House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, have said Vice President Mike Pence is yet to respond to their calls for the 25th Amendment to be invoked.

They had called on the VP to invoke the provision of the U.S. Constitution that allows them to remove the president from power if he is unable to discharge the duties of the office.

Rioters scale the wall of the Capitol
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Rioters broke through police barricades and raided the government building
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Barring that, Pelosi said she would likely reconvene the House to initiate impeachment proceedings against Trump.

In the video, Trump called the riot a "heinous attack" that left him "outraged by the violence, lawlessness and mayhem".

However, he failed to address his role in inciting the violence, telling supporters while he knows they are "disappointed", he wants them to know "our incredible journey is only just beginning".

Capitol police officers point their guns at a door that was vandalised in the House Chamber
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The outgoing leader's Twitter and Facebook accounts were temporarily suspended after he published posts deemed to incite violence amid the deadly Capitol riots.

His Twitter account was locked for 12 hours and the social media platform told him to remove three posts related to the unrest.

It also threatened to permanently ban the Republican leader if there are any future violations.

Facebook then followed suit, locking the President from posting for 24 hours, citing "two policy violations".

Trump had posted a series of mixed messages as the violence continued, including the phrase "these are the things and events that happen".

His final tweet before being shut down also falsely claimed his "landslide victory" over Democratic rival Biden had been "unceremoniously & viciously stripped away".

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