Speaking on Thursday in a closed party meeting, Merkel said the images of people storming the US Capitol Building made her “angry and also sad,” adding that she felt like “most friends of the United States of America.”
The chancellor said that in any election there are winners and losers, but “both have to play their role with decency and a sense of responsibility so that democracy itself remains the winner.”
This democracy will prove to be much stronger than the aggressors and rioters.
Trump had “unfortunately” not admitted his defeat by Wednesday. It is only because doubts were raised about the outcome of the election that “the atmosphere was created in which such violent events were possible,” she said.
The chancellor’s comments come after other world leaders, including UK PM Boris Johnson, condemned Wednesday’s violence and called for the “peaceful and orderly transfer of power.”
“Even though I totally disagree with the outcome of the election, and the facts bear me out, nevertheless there will be an orderly transition on January 20th,” Trump said in a short statement.
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