Trump’s supporters violated the Capitol and a woman was shot when a protest went out of control, interrupting the number of votes in Congress to justify President Joe Biden’s victory. Biden will take over the presidency at the end of the month.
The violence erupted after Trump spoke to protesters to repeat his false claim that he had won the U.S. election in November. World leaders around the world have responded with concern to the Internet, calling the chaotic scenes “shocking” and “disgraceful”.
Many leaders have held the President of the United States personally responsible for the upheaval and its resolution. “What we are seeing now from Washington is a completely unacceptable attack on democracy in the United States. President Trump is responsible for preventing this. It is frightening images, and it is amazing that this is the United States,” said Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg.
“Shocking and deeply sad scenes in Washington DC – we must call this what it is: the seated president and his supporters deliberately attacked democracy in an attempt to destroy free and fair elections! The world is watching! We hope to restore calm” – said Irish Foreign Secretary Simon Coveney.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte spoke directly to Trump. “Horrible Pictures from Washington DC Dear Donald Trump, Recognize Joe Biden as the next president today.”
Many, including leading diplomats and leaders from Iceland, France, Austria, Colombia and Scotland, reminded the United States of the role of the model of democracy in the world and expressed disbelief at the violation of the U.S. Capitol – first Samuel Holliday of the U.S. Capitol Historical Society and according to the director of operations, the building had been overrun since the British attack during the 1812 war.
“This is not America,” wrote Josep Borrell, the European Union’s High Representative, who described the actions of the mob as “an invisible attack on American democracy, its institutions and the rule of law.”
“The United States stands for democracy around the world,” British Prime Minister Boris Johnson wrote on Twitter. “The U.S. Congress is the temple of democracy. #WashingtonDC’s scenes tonight are a shock,” said Charles Michel, president of the European Council.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg called on Americans to respect the results of the November elections – a call echoed by David Sassoli, president of the European Parliament, who added: “We are confident that the United States will ensure that the rules of democracy are protected.”
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen also wrote: “I believe in the strength of American institutions and democracy. Peaceful transfer of power at the center. Joe Biden won the election.”
“I look forward to working with him as the next president of the U.S.,” he added.
Some foreign governments, including Turkey, have warned citizens to beware of possible further violence. “We believe that the US will overcome this domestic political crisis as it matures. We recommend that our citizens living in the US stay away from crowded places and places where presentations are held,” the Turkish State Department said in a statement.