Utilizing the White House Twitter account after his personal account was permanently suspended, President Trump issued a strong denunciation of the January 6 Capitol Hill riots in a 5-minute video published Wednesday evening.
"I want to be very clear. I unequivocally condemn the violence that we saw last week. Violence and vandalism have absolutely no place in our country, and no place in our movement," Trump said.
The president never directly mentioned the fact that the House of Representatives had voted to impeach him for inciting an insurrection just hours before, but unequivocally condemned those who participated in political violence, saying they will "be brought to justice." He also discouraged any further violence or vandalism and expressed concern over threats of armed protests during the inauguration next week.
"No true supporter of mine could ever endorse political violence," Trump said. "No true supporter of mine could ever disrespect law enforcement or our great American flag. No true supporter of mine could ever threaten or harass their fellow Americans."
In the video address, Trump also criticized tech giants who have moved swiftly in recent days to de-platform and silence voices supportive of Trump and his claims of a stolen election, saying they are guilty of an "unprecedented assault on free speech."
"These are tense and difficult times," Trump said. "The efforts to censor, cancel and blacklist our fellow citizens are wrong. What is needed now is for us to listen to one another, not to silence one another."