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Pres. Trump urges peace ahead of expected protests

Following reports that protests are being planned in all 50 states for the dates around President-elect Joe Biden‘s inauguration—and with the House set to vote Wednesday on impeachment—President Donald Trump released a statement urging lawfulness and peace at the expected protests.

On Monday, reports emerged of an internal FBI memo stating that armed protests are being organized in the capital cities of every U.S. state ahead of Inauguration Day, January 20.

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“In light of reports of more demonstrations, I urge that there must be NO violence, NO lawbreaking and NO vandalism of any kind,” the president said in a statement his son Eric Trump shared to Twitter on Wednesday afternoon. President Trump has been banned from Twitter and essentially every other major social media site since the end of last week following the deadly Capitol riot one week ago that has left the nation and the world shocked and appalled.

“That is not what I stand for, and it is not what America stands for,” Trump added. “I call on ALL Americans to help ease tensions and calm tempers.”

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