Allies and rivals alike watched the United States in shock and called for peace in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday when there was a violent mob of supporters of President Donald Trump who were led to believe that the election had been stolen. They stormed the Capitol.
Rebels loyal to Trump, including some violent far-right groups, rushed across police lines and stormed the Capitol, disrupting the process of formalizing Joe Biden’s presidential victory.
With the spread of chaos and chaos in the Congress, newspapers made headlines around the world. The German Foreign Minister, Heiko Maas, chirp “Enemies of democracy will be happy to see these wonderful photos from #WashingtonDC.” He also called on Trump to finally accept his defeat in the election.
“Riot words turn violent – on the steps of the Reichstag and now on #Capitol,” Maas added. “Contempt for democratic institutions is devastating.”
In London, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson described the scenes as “disgraceful”.
“The United States supports democracy all over the world, and it is now imperative that there be a peaceful and orderly transition of power,” he said.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his people “are deeply concerned and saddened by the attack on democracy in the United States.”
“Violence will never succeed in reversing the will of the people,” Trudeau said. “Democracy must be upheld in the United States – and it will be.”
In Brussels, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, who had a combat and unstable relationship with Trump due to the president’s criticism of the security alliance, described the violence as “shocking” – a statement that carried extra weight given similar statements he usually made during moments of turmoil. The largest is in Eastern Europe, the Middle East and elsewhere.
“The outcome of this democratic election must be respected,” Stoltenberg said chirp.
Several other foreign officials and leaders also participated, including the president of the European Commission:
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Carl Bildt, former Swedish prime minister and current co-chair of the European Council on Foreign Relations, tweeted that the violence and occupation on the Capitol building indicated “the plunder of democracy”.
He included in his message a picture of a smiling man wearing a Trump beanie and holding a platform with the seal of the Speaker of the House of Representatives on it.
The scenes of violence were especially horrific to those for whom the United States was a model of freedom and democracy.
Two Eastern European officials told BuzzFeed News that the scenes remind us more of the events that took place in eastern Ukraine in 2014, when Russian-backed separatists stormed government buildings after the overthrow of the friendly Russian president. They also compared it to what happened in Kyrgyzstan in October, when supporters of opposition parties occupied the parliament building after elections were deemed rigged.
The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because their countries depend on the United States for support.
One said that they “would never have imagined this would happen in the United States.”
“It’s crazy,” the official added.
Turkey, a NATO country that faced its own coup attempt in 2016, urged a calm and legal solution. The US State Department said: “We call on all parties in the United States to maintain restraint and prudence.” statement. “We believe that the United States will overcome this domestic political crisis in a mature manner.”
The ministry also advised Turkish citizens in the United States to avoid crowded places and places of protests.
Venezuela, a frequent bugaboo to Trump due to the dangers of socialism, issued a statement claiming concern about violence in the United States, in which he said: The Venezuelan elections are illegal. “Venezuela condemns the political polarization and the escalating violence, which calls for thinking about the deep crisis that the political and social system of the United States is going through at this time,” the statement said. “With this unfortunate incident, the United States is suffering from the same thing that it caused in other countries with its aggressive policy.”
As dusk fell over besieged Washington, D.C., Trump posted a one-minute video on Twitter urging the crowd that had previously incited him to stand up to step down – but never before again. Falsely claiming to have defeated Biden Through “a landslide victory in the elections.”