Glenn Williams said Donald Trump ‘stood for peace’ after his supporters stormed the Capitol building
A Coventry councillor has come under fire for defending Donald Trump as rioters supporting the president violently stormed the Capitol building.
Independent Cllr for Bablake Glenn Williams said the ‘statesmanlike’ Republican was the ‘real president who stands for peace’.
He tweeted: ‘Very statesmanlike from the REAL President. He won but the deep state want a puppet not a man who is for the people. He stands for PEACE.
‘Thank you Mr President.’
Dozens of people criticised the tweet, which came as Trump resisted calls to defend the mob as they breached security barriers and defaced the building while lawmakers hid under desks donning gas masks.
The leader of the Conservatives on Coventry City Council told Williams to ‘grow up’.
Cllr Gary Ridley said: ‘Glenn grow up. People are getting hurt now.
The tweet has sparked outrage
‘How would you feel if thugs stormed the Council House & trashed the place.
‘It has no place in a democratic civilised society. Trump had a chance to condemn it, he didn’t and will rightly be remembered as the worst US President in history.’
Cllr Williams, whose Twitter bio is ‘making Bablake great again’ stood by his words.
He replied: ‘He [Trump] stands for peace. He does not need to condemn people who are condemned by their own behaviour. He is not a preacher.’
The Labour leader of Coventry Council George Duggins also distanced himself from the comments in a joint statement with Cllr Ridley.
He said they ‘do not reflect those of the city council, the Labour Party or the Conservative Party’, adding: ‘We believe strongly in the democratic process and we look forward to seeing the will of the American people carried out and the rights of voters upheld.’
Cllr Glenn Williams has stood by his words (Picture: BPM MEDIA)
Last night’s scenes in Washington DC were described as being ‘as close to a coup attempt this country has ever seen’.
Four people died as a result of the violence, which came as members of congress met to vote and certify the election results.
Trump had encouraged his supporters to march on the Capitol to protest the lawmakers’ actions, and later appeared to excuse the violent occupation by the mob.
He told his supporters via a video message on social media ‘I love you’ and ‘You’re special’, while also repeating false claims about election fraud.
And in a message that was later deleted by Twitter he said: ‘These are the things and events that happen when a sacred landslide election victory is so unceremoniously & viciously stripped away from great patriots who have been badly & unfairly treated for so long.’
The social media giant has since locked the president’s account, and said it would remain locked for good if the tweets were not removed.
Metro.co.uk has contacted Cllr Williams for comment.
It comes as Trump is blocked from using Facebook and Instagram ‘indefinitely’ and articles of impeachment are drawn up by representatives.
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