Barack Obama is out with a scathing statement about Wednesday's extraordinary day in DC, and its first sentences set the tone:
- “History will rightly remember today’s violence at the Capitol, incited by a sitting president who has continued to baselessly lie about the outcome of a lawful election, as a moment of great dishonor and shame for our nation. But we'd be kidding ourselves if we treated it as a total surprise."
Obama also called out Republicans and their "media ecosytem" for backing Trump's "fantasy narrative" and says they now face a choice. "They can continue down this road and keep stoking the raging fires," he writes. "Or they can choose reality and take the first steps toward extinguishing the flames. They can choose America." He added that he was "heartened" by the number of Republicans who did speak out against Wednesday's violence. Former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush also issued statements, reports the Hill:
- Bush: "I am appalled by the reckless behavior of some of our leaders since the election and by the lack of respect shown today for our institutions, our traditions, and our law enforcement," said Bush, per CNN.
- Clinton: "The match was lit by Donald Trump and his most ardent enablers, including many in Congress, to overturn the results of an election he lost," Clinton wrote. "The election was free, the count was fair, the result is final. We must complete the peaceful transfer of power our Constitution mandates."
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