James Corden says 'lunatic' Donald Trump and 'his crazy army' have hijacked US

Amy Johnson
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Watch: James Corden reflects on Trump supporters storming Capitol

James Corden has said the US has been "hijacked by a lunatic and his crazy army" for the duration of Donald Trump’s tenure as president in the wake of the president’s supporters storming the US Capitol.

Rioters forced entry to the building on Wednesday during the final electoral count to protest against the results of the election in violent scenes that saw four people die.

Hours after the attack, the US Congress certified Joe Biden's win, clearing the way for him to be inaugurated as president on 20 January.

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The British-born presenter, who lives in the US, reflected on the events in the opener to The Late Late Show.

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"What a crazy, sad day. A day that will go down as dark one in the long history of America. We've all sat today glued to the pictures of Trump supporters in the Capitol, fighting with police," he said.

"Today people across the world will have looked at these pictures from Washington and they will wonder what on earth has happened to this great country but I truly believe – and make no mistake – that they know that the America they admire still exists.

"They know that the America that so many aspire to will be back. It's just been hijacked by a lunatic and his crazy army," Corden said before noting that it would soon come to an end.

Protesters seen all over Capitol building where pro-Trump supporters riot and breached the Capitol in Washington, DC on January 6, 2021. Rioters broke windows and breached the Capitol building in an attempt to overthrow the results of the 2020 election. Police used buttons and tear gas grenades to eventually disperse the crowd. Rioters used metal bars and tear gas as well against the police. (Photo by Lev Radin/Sipa USA)
Trump supporters overrun the US Capitol. (Sipa USA)

“Because in two weeks on those same steps, where that mob fought and pushed past police, Joe Biden will be sworn in as president of the United States.”

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Trump was suspended from Twitter after sending messages directed to his supporters, in which he said "I love you" and told them to return home.

Twitter said it had locked his account for 12 hours and required the removal of three of his tweets for "severe violations of our Civic Integrity policy".

Facebook and Instagram have banned Trump for 24 hours, while Snapchat has prevented him from creating any new posts.

Watch: Trump supporters storm US Capitol as politicians evacuated