Mumbai: Former US President Barack Obama attacked Republican President Donald Trump on Wednesday (local time), saying that history would remember an American presidential attack on “US Capitol”, who has continued to baselessly lie about the outcome of a lawful election, as a moment of great dishonour and shame for our nation.”
“But we’d be kidding ourselves if we treated it as a total surprise”, he said in a statement.
“For two months now, a political party and its accompanying media ecosystem have also often failed to tell their followers the truth – that it was not a particularly close election and that President-Elect Biden will be inaugurated on January 20. Their fantasy narrative has spiralled further and further from reality, and it builds upon years of sown resentments. Now, we’re seeing the consequences, whipped up into a violent crescendo,” he said.
Calling for the support of Republican members, Obama said: “Right now, Republican leaders have a clear choice in the loathsome chambers of democracy. They can continue down this road and keep stoking the raging fires. Or they can choose reality and take the first steps toward extinguishing the flames. They can choose America.”
Earlier chaotic scenes were witnessed in the Capitol Hill building when the crowd created a ruckus in protest against the Electoral College vote and various confrontations with the police. According to several police officers, several police officers confirmed the death of a woman after being shot in the chest.
The protesters overpowered law enforcement officials and swarmed the House and Senate chambers, evacuating the Congress buildings on the premises.