'Our country has had enough' - What Donald Trump said before deadly protest at US Capitol

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Donald Trump is being blamed for "enabling" the mob that stormed the US Capitol - but what did the president actually say in the run-up to the chaos?

Hours before the violence at Wednesday's "Save America" rally, Mr Trump told supporters: "You will never take our country back with weakness."

It came after weeks of unsubstantiated allegations of fraud in his election loss to Democrat Joe Biden.

At the start of his address, Mr Trump said: "None of us want to see our election victory stolen by emboldened radical left Democrats, which is what they are doing."

The day before, he had tweeted to supporters: "Our country has had enough, they won't take it anymore! We hear you (and love you) from the Oval Office. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!"

On the podium, he told the crowd that elections in "third-world countries" were more honest and later added: "You have to show strength."

Mr Trump even turned on some in his own Republican party, who he referred to as RINO (Republican In Name Only).

He tweeted the day before the rally: "I hope the Democrats, and even more importantly, the weak and ineffective RINO section of the Republican Party, are looking at the thousands of people pouring into DC.

"They won't stand for a landslide election victory to be stolen."

It followed one a day earlier which said: "The 'Surrender Caucus' within the Republican Party will go down in infamy as weak and ineffective 'guardians' of our Nation, who were willing to accept the certification of fraudulent presidential numbers!"

Addressing the same rally, his eldest son Donald Trump Jr said: "This isn't their Republican party any more. This is Donald Trump's Republican party. This is the Republican party that will put America first."

He warned: "If you're going to be zero and not the hero, we're coming for you."

His father urged Mike Pence, the vice president, to "do the right thing" and stop senators certifying the results of the election - a request Mr Pence ignored.

The president told the crowd: "States want to re-vote, the states got defrauded. They got false information. All vice-president Pence has to do is send it back to the states to 'recertify' and we become president and you are the happiest people."

Later, as protesters stormed the building, Democrat New York congressman Jerry Nadler tweeted: "I am safe. We are sheltering in place. Make no mistake: President Trump and his enablers are directly responsible for this violence."

In his closing prayer, Dr Barry Black, chaplain of the Senate, said: "We deplore the desecration of the US Capitol building, the shedding of innocent blood, the loss of life and the quagmire of dysfunction that threaten our democracy.

"These tragedies have reminded us that words matter and that the power of life and death is in the tone."