- Alyssa Farah, a former White House official who last year served as communications director, urged President Donald Trump to call his supporters off from their siege of the US Capitol.
- Pro-Trump demonstrators stormed the US Capitol on Wednesday while members of Congress were discussing the certification of the Electoral College vote.
- In a tweet, Trump urged his supporters to listen to police officers and told them to “stay peaceful!”
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Alyssa Farah, who last year served as the White House director of strategic communications, on Wednesday called for President Donald Trump to tell his supporters who had stormed the US Capitol to stand down.
Lawmakers were meeting Wednesday to discuss the certification of the Electoral College vote, which cemented President-elect Joe Biden’s victory over Trump. Because several GOP lawmakers planned to object to the certification, lawmakers were discussing the process when the protesters stormed past police and into the building.
Since the election, Trump has refused to concede the race and encouraged his followers to show up in Washington, DC, on Wednesday for a “Stop the Steal” event. The movement is named for his baseless claims that there was widespread voter fraud that led to Democrats “stealing” the election from him. There is no evidence of widespread fraud in the election.
“STOP THIS NOW,” Farah tweeted. “Capitol Police protect & defend the People’s House. We BACK THE BLUE. This is insanity.
—Alyssa Farah (@Alyssafarah) January 6, 2021
“Condemn this now, @realDonaldTrump – you are the only one they will listen to,” she continued in a separate tweet. “For our country!
In addition to serving as Trump’s communications director from April to December of last year, Farah also previously worked as a press secretary in the Department of Defense and before that, for Vice President Mike Pence, who was present in the Senate Wednesday when it abruptly went into a recess when protesters entered the building.
While the demonstrators ignored the instructions from Capitol Police and sparred with officers as they stormed their way into the building, Trump and Republicans have long claimed to be fierce advocates for police officers, especially amid Democratic lawmaker’s calls for reform last year.
Trump eventually tweeted a plea to his supporters at 3:13 p.m, asking that they remain peaceful following their storming of the building.
—Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2021
“I am asking for everyone at the U.S. Capitol to remain peaceful,” the president said on Twitter. “No violence! Remember, WE are the Party of Law & Order – respect the Law and our great men and women in Blue. Thank you!”