President Donald Trump released a video Wednesday afternoon as calls grew louder for him to demand that his supporters end their siege on the Capitol.
But the video was a mixture of gently asking his supporters to stand down and reaffirming for them that their fight is just.
“I know your pain. I know your hurt,” the president began. “We had an election that was stolen from us. It was a landslide election, and everyone knows it.”
“But you have to go home now,” Trump said. “We have to have peace. We have to have law and order. We have to respect our people in law in order.”
He continued: “There’s never been a time like this where such a thing happened. Where they could take it away from all of us. From me, from you, from our country. This was a fraudulent election, but we can’t play into the hands of these people.”
After telling his supporters once again to “go home,” Trump said: “We love you. You’re very special. You’ve seen what happens. You see the way others are treated that are so bad and so evil. I know how you feel.”
“Go home, and go home in peace,” he concluded.