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[Music] what we witnessed yesterday was not dissent it was not disorder it was not protest it was chaos don’t dare call them protesters they were a riotous mob insurrectionist domestic terrorist president-elect joe biden denouncing the perpetrators of yesterday’s attacks in the capitol the most heinous in modern history directly pointing the finger at president donald trump as the architect of the anarchy we wish we could say we couldn’t see it coming but that isn’t true the past four years we’ve had a president who’s made his contempt for our democracy our constitution the rule of law clear in everything he has done joseph r biden jr of the state of delaware has received 306 votes donald j trump of the state of florida has received 232 votes with biden’s victory now certified in less than two weeks before leaving office president trump this evening finally acknowledging his presidency is ending a new administration will be inaugurated on january 20th my focus now turns to ensuring a smooth orderly and seamless transition of power the video was posted to his recently unfrozen twitter account the president had been blocked after posting a video that did not condemn the capitol hill riots and continue to perpetuate his lies but his megaphone isn’t completely turned back on facebook announcing it will continue blocking president trump‘s account including instagram for at least through the end of his term and potentially indefinitely he’s still the president of the united states he’s got massive power and of course he’s the commander-in-chief he still has somebody who follows him around with the nuclear codes democrats and even a few republicans today calling for the immediate removal of the president a very dangerous person who should not continue in office this is urgent this is emergency of the highest magnitude the president is unfit and the president is unwell and the president must now relinquish control of the executive branch voluntarily or involuntarily soon involuntary soon-to-be senate majority leader chuck schumer asking vice president pence to invoke the 25th amendment he may have only 13 days left as president but yesterday demonstrated that each and every one of those days is a threat to democracy so long as he is in power the most practical thing that is likely to happen is simply trying to box the president in dealing with the vice president as if he were the acting president he doesn’t actually have that authority but this would be an effort to try to just keep the president isolated and unable to do any more damage house speaker nancy pelosi threatening a second impeachment if pinch does not comply my phone is exploding with impeach impeachment but president must be held accountable again the washington d.c police department has made 80 arrests so far releasing this 26 page person of interest document asking for the public’s help in identifying individuals who were part of the mob as we speak we have members of the metropolitan police department that are scouring the area hotels businesses etc trying to identify some of these individuals abc news separately identifying several the individuals inside the capitol including richard barnett from arkansas the man photographed with his feet on speaker pelosi’s desk there was also jake angeli seen at the president’s rally earlier this week who appears to have posted several videos about the baseless q anon conspiracy theory tim gionette aka baked alaska a well-known right-wing personality who live-streamed himself storming the capitol and adam johnson from florida seen here carrying off speaker pelosi’s podium critics are now questioning why despite repeated early warning signs on social media and on right-wing websites and even a tweet from president trump in mid-december saying in part big protests in d.c on january 6 be there will be wild i think right here we’re going to walk down to the capitol you’ll never take back our country with weakness how there could be such a shockingly small police presence there should be a massive police presence from all levels of government and now we know that uh the failure was real and i think it’s a a black eye for our nation something that won’t soon be forgotten some were questioning the actions of the capitol hill police officers who were there after videos posted on social media appeared to show officers moving barricades aside oh there we go another one posing for a selfie obviously it was a failure or you wouldn’t not have had police lines breached authorities say they recovered 11 molotov cocktails a military assault rifle and two potentially lethal pipe bombs near the republican and democratic national committee headquarters anyone that considers considers himself a patriotic american that’s not speaking out you take a hard look in the mirror because i promise you that you’re not a patriot unless you stand up the 80 arrest that the d.c metropolitan police made yesterday is just a fraction of the arrests made during the black lives matter protest last summer where on one night they made 289 arrests we must also understand why the federal law enforcement response was much stronger at the protest over the summer than during yesterday’s attack on congress over the summer we watched as law enforcement came out in full force we saw military helicopters flying low we saw tear gas and pepper balls deployed on peaceful demonstrators we saw them being forcibly pushed back in order to clear a path for president trump to take a photo op at st john’s church you may remember him holding up that bible these were just two completely different scenes after covering both my big question was what would have happened here at the u.s capitol if those rioters would have been black the events of yesterday in the police response yet another stark reminder of deep racial wounds the nation still carries no one can tell me that it had been a group of black lives matter protesting yesterday there wouldn’t have been they would have been treated very very differently than the mob of thugs that stormed the capitol well we all know that’s true and it is unacceptable totally unacceptable earlier this evening i spoke with former republican governor of new jersey and abc news contributor chris christie good evening governor first question what’s your reaction to president trump‘s video this evening and is this the kind of tone that could have prevented what happened yesterday sure especially if he had done that on the saturday after the election um when the election was was called for president-elect biden that’s the kind of thing that we expect from presidents and and and the kind of thing that all of us who have been friends with the president for years were hoping for um i think doing it you know eight weeks later um you know is is too little too late today all the talk is about the 25th amendment and removing the president from office is this viable you think i don’t think so byron i i don’t think either of the removal procedures is viable because we’re at 12 days left in the job so whether it’s the 25th amendment which has an appeal process built within it even if you could convince the vice president and have the cabinet to sign off the president can still appeal it to both houses of congress and then obviously impeachment has to go through the house and the senate so none of those things would happen in 12 days what are you hearing from your fellow republicans people who’ve stood by the president and many would say have been enabling him what are they saying now they’re through i mean in the in the mainstream of the party and the people that i’ve spoken to they’re they’re fed up and they’ve had enough and i think lindsey graham put it really well last night and you know lindsay has been as big a supporter of the presidents as anybody probably in the united states senate and he said enough is enough i’ve had it this is a personal one and for the sake of full disclosure make it clear i consider your friend you’re someone who i both respect and admire but someone who has given president trump counsel before when you’re giving yourself a shave this morning did you find yourself wondering what more could you have done any any soul searching that you’ve been going through these last 24 hours or so about what you might have done in in the days weeks months years leading up to this moment the answer to that byron is yes and no the soul-searching for me is about what do what do i do from here to try to help heal the country and unite our party behind the ideas that we believe in and to be able to make this a part of our past the no part is i’ve known donald trump for 20 years and i’ve given him lots of advice over time and some of it he’s taken but a lot of it he hasn’t and i know that in the mood that he’s been in in the last eight weeks he was not listening to anyone and so i i wasn’t thinking yesterday gosh could i have done something differently all i wanted to do when i tried to call him yesterday was to give him a sense of urgency of how bad this was how bad it was for the country how bad it looked around the world and that he needed to step up but obviously um in the end all of this is up to the man who looks in the mirror himself and donald trump has to look at that mirror and think about exactly what he wrought yesterday chris christie thank you so much i’ll see you down the road thank you byron hi everyone george stephanopoulos here thanks for checking out the abc news youtube channel if you’d like to get more videos show highlights and watch live event coverage click on the right over here to subscribe to our channel and don’t forget to download the abc news app for breaking news alerts thanks for watching

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