Ivanka Trump urges ‘patriots’ storming Capitol to ‘stop immediately’ in now-deleted tweet
Ivanka Trump took to Twitter to urge “American patriots” to halt the violence in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday as pro-Trump protesters stormed the Capitol in protest of a vote to certify his defeat in the 2020 election.
In a now-deleted tweet, the White House adviser retweeted a message from her father, President Trump, echoing his message to demonstrators telling them to stay peaceful.
“American Patriots – any security breach or disrespect to our law enforcement is unacceptable,” she wrote in the tweet. “The violence must stop immediately. Please be peaceful.”
The tweet from the oldest Trump daughter was deleted not long after it was posted.
Ivanka Trump deleted a tweet calling the people storming the Capitol “American Patriots” pic.twitter.com/VsA2IcmzGe
— David Mack (@davidmackau) January 6, 2021
In a response to CNN correspondent Kate Bennett, who questioned if she was calling the protesters who were breaking into the Capitol “patriots,” Ivanka clarified her stance, writing, “no.”
“Peaceful protest is patriotic,” she said. “Violence is unacceptable and must be condemned in the strongest terms.”
No. Peaceful protest is patriotic. Violence is unacceptable and must be condemned in the strongest terms. https://t.co/GwngZTqzTH
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) January 6, 2021
As images of the violence and unrest on Capitol Hill gripped the nation, President Trump’s son Eric Trump also weighed in on Twitter:
We are the party of Law & Order – prosecute anyone who crosses that line to the fullest extent of the law.
— Eric Trump (@EricTrump) January 6, 2021
At least one person was reportedly shot after the rioters forced their way into the Capitol. Tear gas was deployed and security officers with their guns drawn were seen in the House chamber.
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