Former President Barack Obama minced no words on Wednesday in his repudiation of Donald Trump and his role in the riot at the U.S. Capitol.
In a statement, Obama said the outgoing president had “incited” the violence with his torrent of lies about the presidential election.
“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,” the statement read.
Trump has repeatedly dismissed the November election results as fraudulent. Earlier on Wednesday, he told supporters that he would “never concede” and encouraged them to march on the Capitol building, where legislators had gathered to formally certify President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.
Hundreds of Trump’s supporters later violently stormed the Capitol, forcing lawmakers to evacuate.