Joint Chiefs Of Staff Issue Memo Condemning Capitol Riot
The joint chiefs of staff issued a memo to the entire US military on Tuesday condemning last week's violent uprising in the US Capitol.
"The violent uprising in Washington, DC on January 6, 2021 was a direct attack on the US Congress, the Capitol and our constitutional process," said the memo written by the chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Mark Milley and the rest the US was signed to Pentagon's Joint Chiefs, read.
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Violence ravaged the Capitol last week after President Donald Trump angered thousands of his supporters in continuing to make false claims that the 2020 presidential election had been stolen from him. Five people died in the ensuing riots by Trump supporters, including a Capitol Hill police officer Brian Sicknick who was reportedly sprayed with pepper spray and died after being hit with a fire extinguisher by members of the mob.
General Milley had previously expressed his displeasure with the president in June last year after Trump ordered peaceful protesters, gassed in tears by federal troops, to do photo op in a nearby church. But Tuesday's reprimand from Milley and others at the Pentagon was a sharper condemnation of Trump-born violence.
"We saw actions at the Capitol that were incompatible with the rule of law," the memo continued. "The rights to freedom of expression and assembly do not give anyone the right to resort to violence, riot and insurrection."
The Joint Chiefs also made it clear that Joe Biden will become the next President on January 20th.
"On January 20, 2021, President-elect Biden will be inaugurated and appointed 46th Commander-in-Chief in accordance with the constitution approved by states and courts and approved by Congress."
The Pentagon has authorized up to 15,000 National Guardsmen to send more violent threats to DC after Biden's inauguration.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.
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