President Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani on Thursday condemned the violent attack on the US Capitol as “shameful” one day after calling for “trial by battle” during a “Save America” rally.
“It was as criminal as the riots and looting this summer, which the left did not condemn strongly enough,” the former New York City mayor said in a tweet.
“This violence is strongly condemned. Our movement values respect for law and order and for the police, ”added Giuliani, who led the legal challenges to undo President-elect Joe Biden’s victory, most of which did not hold up in court.
In a later tweet, Giuliani said: “It is our business to get an honest vote and put an end to electoral fraud before it becomes a permanent tactic of the activated and media-protected Democratic Party.
“Violence is rejected, condemned and counterproductive. Antifa involvement is not an excuse. It goes against our values, ”he added in the post, which Twitter described as“ controversial ”.
On Wednesday, Giuliani called for “process by struggle” while reaching out to pro-Trump supporters outside the White House, where the president again claimed the election had been rigged, and urged Vice President Mike Pence to “do the right thing” do while Congress is preparing for certification Biden’s victory.
Giuliani, who described the election results as “fraudulent”, told the crowd: “If we are wrong we will be fooled, but if we are right many of them will go to jail.”
He added: “So let’s fight in court,” a term from old Germanic law in which people settle disputes through armed duels.