German Chancellor Angela Merkel lashed out Thursday at U.S. President Donald Trump for the chaos and violence at the U.S. Capitol.
Speaking at a virtual event organized by Bavaria’s conservative CSU party, the chancellor said the images of Trump supporters storming the Capitol on Wednesday had made her “angry and sad.”
Referring to Trump’s continued unsubstantiated claims that he won the election and President-elect Joe Biden “stole” it, Merkel said: “I deeply regret that President Trump has not conceded defeat since November, and again refused to do so yesterday. Doubts about the outcome of the election have been stoked, and that set the atmosphere which made the events of the [last] night possible.”
“A basic rule of democracy is: After elections, there are winners and losers. Both have to play their roles with decency and a sense of responsibility, so that democracy itself remains the winner,” she added.
Early on Thursday, Trump acknowledged for the first time that he will leave office later this month, although he maintained that the election had been fraudulent. “Even though I totally disagree with the outcome of the election, and the facts bear me out, nevertheless there will be an orderly transition on January 20th,” the president said.
Commenting on Wednesday’s casualties at the Capitol, Merkel said it was “tragic that people lost their lives that night,” adding she saw a glimmer of hope in the fact that “Congress continued its work” after the riots, certifying Biden’s election victory.
“The U.S. will open a new chapter in its democracy in less than two weeks,” she said.
Merkel slams Trump over US Capitol riots The British Journal Editors and Wire Services/ Politico.