WASHINGTON, D.C. (WLBT) - A video message issued by President Donald Trump in response to the protests at the U.S. Capitol is no longer available on Twitter or Facebook.
In the Wednesday afternoon message, President Donald Trump called on protesters to go home but still claimed that the election was stolen.
Trump lost to Democratic challenger Joe Biden by more than seven million votes in the popular vote tally, according to NBC News.
“I know your pain. I know you’re hurt,” Trump said in the pre-recorded video. “We had an election stolen from us. It was a landslide election, and everyone knows it, especially the other side.
“But you have to go home now. We have to have peace. We have to have law and order. We have to respect our great people in law and order. We don’t want anybody hurt.”
Twitter initially flagged the post saying that the president’s claims of electron fraud were disputed and that the “tweet can’t be replied to, retweeted or liked due to a risk of violence.”
However, the video and a second post by the president were taken down and replaced with a notice saying “This Tweet is no longer available.”
According to Twitter’s policy, that notice is placed on messages that have been deleted or are from a deactivated account. It was not known who deleted the message.
Meanwhile, NBC News confirmed the video had been taken down from Facebook, “because on balance we believe it contributes to rather than diminishes the risk of ongoing violence.”
The Associated Press reported that protesters fought past police and entered the building, waving American flags and Trump flags as they marched through the halls. One person was shot during the incident. Senators were evacuated while representatives were sheltering in place in their offices.
Prior to releasing the video, the president sent tweets “asking for everyone at the U.S. Capitol to remain peaceful” and to respect the Capitol Police and other law enforcement.
“Please support our Capitol Police and Law Enforcement,” he wrote. “They are truly on the side of the country. Stay peaceful!”