Obama, Clinton condemn Trump over Capitol assault

Former US presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton have denounced President Donald Trump, saying he is to blame for inciting an assault on the Capitol.

The two released statements after Trump supporters stormed Congress on Wednesday as lawmakers were finalizing Democrat Joe Biden's victory in the presidential election.

Obama said, "History will rightly remember today's violence at the Capitol, incited by a sitting president who has continued to baselessly lie about the outcome of a lawful election, as a moment of great dishonor and shame for our nation."

He called on Republican leaders to stop siding with Trump, saying they "have a choice made clear in the desecrated chambers of democracy."

Obama said, "They can continue down this road and keep stoking the raging fires. Or they can choose reality and take the first steps toward extinguishing the flames. They can choose America."

Clinton called the violence an "unprecedented assault on our Capitol, our Constitution, and our country."

He slammed Trump by saying, "The assault was fueled by more than four years of poison politics spreading deliberate misinformation, sowing distrust in our system, and pitting Americans against one another."

Clinton added, "The election was free, the count was fair, the result is final. We must complete the peaceful transfer of power our Constitution mandates."

He called on people to "reject today's violence, turn the page, and move forward together."