Facebook Removes Trump’s Video Expressing Solidarity With Rioters: “It Contributes To The Ongoing Violence”

From Facebook’s vice president of integrity:

This is an emergency situation and we are taking appropriate emergency measures, including removing President Trump’s video. We removed it because on balance we believe it contributes to rather than diminishes the risk of ongoing violence.

CNBC reports:

President Donald Trump on Wednesday urged swarms of his supporters rioting in and around the U.S. Capitol to “go home now,” while continuing to falsely insist that his reelection was stolen.

The president’s remarks in a brief video on Twitter came after lawmakers on both sides of the aisle publicly urged him to speak out with force against the chaos caused by his base. The pro-Trump mob stormed the building, derailing Congress’ legal duty to confirm the election results — traditionally a brief, pro forma ceremony.

Nearly 40 seconds of the one-minute video, however, showed Trump offering sympathy for the rioters. “I know your pain, I know you’re hurt,” Trump said. “We had an election that was stolen from us, it was a landslide election and everyone knows it, especially the other side.”

The video remains on Twitter with a warning.