Ivanka Trump has been called out for labelling rioters in the US Capitol ‘American patriots’ in a tweet in which she called for an end to violence.
The US Capitol has been breached by angry protesters, who stormed the building following a mass rally where thousands cheered President Donald Trump’s baseless claims of election fraud.
“American Patriots - any security breach or disrespect to our law enforcement is unacceptable. The violence must stop. Please be peaceful,” she wrote, in an attempt to stem increasing hostility in Washington DC.
However, her use of the term ‘patriots’ was quickly questioned.
CNN White House correspondent Kate Bennett called out the senior advisor to the President on the social media platform, asking: “You're saying these people are ‘patriots’??”
The tweet was then deleted, but not before screenshots were shared.
Others were also quick to slam the use of the term and the fact Ivanka had tried to delete the tweet.
“Do you really believe these people are PATRIOTS? They are everything America doesn’t stand for. Shame on you and your family,” one person commented.
“Nobody in that mess is a patriot. The opposite, in fact,” another agreed.
“Deleting the tweet doesn't make it go away,” another pointed out.
Ivanka was eventually forced to defend her comment, responding to the reporter in another tweet an hour later.
“No. Peaceful protest is patriotic,” she said, repeating her earlier message that “violence is unacceptable and must be condemned”.
Thousands flooded the US Capitol complex under instruction from Trump, prompting ugly clashes with outnumbered police, which led to a number of protesters breaking into the US Capitol building.
The building was placed on lockdown as Congress was in session to count and certify the Electoral College votes from the US election.
The entire DC National Guard has been called in to combat the violent protests which President-elect Joe Biden branded a “siege”.
Journalists have been capturing some of the terrifying moments inside the Capitol building and sharing them online.
Footage and photos showing the incredible scenes as they happen, as rioters draped in American and confederate flags enter the chamber swinging from balconies and yelling slogans on the senate floor.
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