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President Trump calls for peace and speaks out against violence in video message Wednesday evening

"Whether you are on the right or on the left, a Democrat or a Republican, there is never a justification for violence," the president said.

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President Trump on January 12, 2021
President Trump on January 12, 2021
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Updated: January 13, 2021 - 6:41pm

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President Trump released a video message Wednesday evening calling for peace and speaking out against violence.

"Whether you are on the right or on the left, a Democrat or a Republican, there is never a justification for violence," the president said. "No excuses, no exceptions. America is a nation of laws. Those who engaged in the attacks last week will be brought to justice. Now I am asking everyone who has ever believed in our agenda to be thinking of ways to ease tensions, calm tempers and help to promote peace in our country."

"There has been reporting that additional demonstrations are being planned in the coming days both here in Washington and across the country. I have been briefed by the U.S. Secret Service on the potential threats. Every American deserves to have their voice heard in a respectful and peaceful way, that is your First Amendment right. But I cannot emphasize that their must be no violence, no law breaking and no vandalism of any kind. Everyone must follow our laws and obey the instructions of law enforcement. I have directed federal agencies to use all necessary resources to maintain order."

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