Boris Johnson and Keir Starmer lead UK condemnation of violence in Washington DC


Boris Johnson led UK condemnation of “disgraceful scenes” in Washington DC as a mob of Donald Trump supporters laid siege to the US Capitol.

British politicians responded in horror as a riot engulfed Capitol Hill – with the President telling those responsible: “We love you, you’re very special.”

The attempted insurrection came after the President held a huge rally on the South Lawn of the White House, whipping up anger among supporters over the certification of election results taking place at the same time in Congress.

As the violence unfolded, the Prime Minister tweeted: “The United States stands for democracy around the world and it is now vital that there should be a peaceful and orderly transfer of power.”

Labour leader Keir Starmer also issued a statement condemning the “horrendous” scenes overnight – and this morning Home Secretary Priti Patel said Donald Trump’s incendiary rhetoric had directly influenced the violence.

And former Tory MP Sir Nicholas Soames, the grandson of Winston Churchill, whom Trump idolises, had some particularly choice words for the US president.

Here’s how UK politicians and public figures reacted to the violence in the US overnight.



Flash bomb and tear gas smoke seen rising from the grounds of the US Capitol last night
Flash bomb and tear gas smoke seen rising from the grounds of the US Capitol last night

Boris Johnson

Keir Starmer

Dominic Raab

Sir Nicholas Soames

(A selection)

Lisa Nandy

Priti Patel

“Let’s be very clear in terms of the scenes – what we’ve seen in Washington and the display of the violence. He has not – you know, he basically has made a number of comments yesterday that helped to fuel that violence and you know, he didn’t actually do anything to, you know, de-escalate that whatsoever.”

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