Just two weeks before the Trump administration leaves Washington DC, staff members resign in protest after demonstrations violated the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday by protesters following a speech by President Trump
White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Matthews, East Wing Chief of Staff Stephanie Grisham and Social Secretary Rickie Niceta all tendered their resignations after pro-Trump supporters took over the U.S. Capitol building to prevent Congress from certifying electoral college votes.
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“I have been honored to serve in the Trump administration and proud of the policies we have adopted. As a person working in the halls of Congress, I was deeply disturbed by what I saw today. I will resign from my post, with immediate effect. Matthews told Fox News Wednesday night. “Our nation needs a peaceful transfer of power.”
The White House could not be immediately reached to comment on the brutal resignations of the three women. The first lady, Melania Trump, has yet to comment publicly on the loss of Grisham, who was her chief of staff. Grisham had also previously served as White Hosue’s press secretary.
There was also no comment on the president’s Twitter thread. The social media company temporarily deactivated its account, following the violent breach of the U.S. Capitol building on Wednesday.
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Several lawmakers have blamed the president’s rhetoric over the past few weeks for Wednesday’s events. The president repeated allegations of electoral and electoral fraud on social media and in a few public appearances.
After crowds burst into Capitol Hill to disrupt Congressional certification of Electoral College results, as Trump told rioters to “go home,” he also told the crowd, “We love you. And “You are very special”.
“These are the things and events that occur when a sacred landslide election victory is so unceremoniously and viciously stripped of the great patriots who have been treated badly and unfairly for so long,” Trump said in a tweet which was then later deleted.
“Go home in love and in peace. Remember this day forever!” He added.
According to the Associated Press, Twitter demanded the removal of three of Trump’s tweets, including the video in which he told supporters to “go home.” Trump’s account deleted those messages, Twitter said; if they had stayed, Twitter threatened to extend its suspension beyond the 12-hour ban.
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John Roberts and The Associated Press contributed to this report.