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DUP MP Ian Paisley doesn’t believe President Trump’s speech prior to the siege of the US Capitol “led the rioters to break the law”

In the run-up to the November presidential election, Mr. Paisley and Donald Trump described themselves as “good friends” while posing in a photo with fellow DUP MPs holding a flag supporting his re-election

Since losing the election to Joe Biden, Trump has accused opponents of trying to steal the result as divisions in American society deepened

Those divisions finally hit the breaking point on Wednesday when armed Trump supporters stormed the Capitol and forced a lockdown

One woman was shot dead by the police and three others died of “medical emergencies”, the police have confirmed

Unrest in the US Capitol: Trump supporters storm Washington [Photos] Close

Supporters of President Donald Trump will be confronted outside the Senate Chamber in the Capitol on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 in Washington (AP Photo / Manuel Balce Ceneta)

*** BESTPIX *** WASHINGTON, DC – Aug. JANUARY: A Washington DC police officer walks through the U.S. Capitol on Jan. January 2021 in Washington, DC A pro-Trump mob earlier stormed the Capitol, broke windows and clashed with police officers Trump supporters gathered in the country’s capital to oppose the ratification of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory over the electoral college Protesting President Donald Trump in the 2020 election (Photo by John Moore / Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – Aug. JANUARY: A protester sits on Jan. January 2021 at the Senate Chamber in Washington, DC Congress held a joint session today to confirm Electoral College President-elect 306-232 victory over President Donald Trump Pro-Trump protesters have entered the U Capitol building after mass demonstrations in the capital (Photo by Win McNamee / Getty Images)

Vice President Mike Pence is leaving the House as a joint session of the House and Senate convenes to confirm the electoral college votes cast at the Washington Capitol in the November election on Wednesday January 6, 2021 (Erin Schaff / New York Times via AP, Pool)

Protesters try to open a door of the US Capitol on Wednesday, Jan 6, 2021, in Washington (AP Photo / Jose Luis Magana)

WASHINGTON, DC – Aug. JANUARY: A protester shouts “Freedom” in the Senate Chamber after the US. The Capitol was opened during a joint congressional session on Jan. In Washington, DC, January 2021, injured by a mob Congress held a joint session today to confirm Electoral College President-elect 306-232 victory over President Donald Trump.A group of Republican Senators said they would cast several electoral college votes States Refuse Unless Congress Appointed Election Review Commission Pro-Trump protesters entered the U.S. Capitol building during demonstrations in the nation’s capital (Photo by Win McNamee / Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – Aug. JANUARY: A pro-Trump mob enters the U RoturndaS. Capitol Building on Nov. January 2021 in Washington, DC Congress held a joint session today to confirm Electoral College President-elect 306-232 victory over President Donald Trump A group of Republican Senators said they would reject the votes of several states’ electoral college, it was because, Congress appointed a commission to review the election results (Photo by Win McNamee / Getty Images)

A protester speaks to the police about a barrier, Wednesday, Jan 6, 2021, at the Capitol in Washington As Congress prepares to confirm President-elect Joe Biden’s victory, thousands of people have gathered to demonstrate their support for President Donald Trump and his allegations of electoral fraud (AP Photo / John Minchillo)

A woman is assisted by police during a rally on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, at the Capitol in Washington as Congress prepares to confirm President-elect Joe Biden’s victory, thousands of people have gathered, to show their support for President Donald Trump and his allegations of electoral fraud (AP Photo / John Minchillo) (AP Photo / John Minchillo)

WASHINGTON, DC – Aug. JANUARY: Protesters enter the Senate Chamber on Jan. January 2021 in Washington, DC Congress held a joint session today to confirm Electoral College President-elect 306-232 victory over President Donald Trump Pro-Trump protesters have entered the US Capitol building after mass demonstrations in the capital (Photo by Win McNamee / Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – Aug. JANUARY: A pro-Trump protester carries U’s lecternS. Speaker of the House of Nancy Pelosi through the Roturnda of the US. Capitol Building after a pro-Trump mob left the building on Jan. Washington, DC, on January 1, 2021, Congress held a joint session today to confirm Electoral College President-elect 306-232 victory over President Donald Trump.A group of Republican Senators said they would reject the votes of several states’ electoral college unless Congress appointed a commission to review election results (Photo by Win McNamee / Getty Images)

A police officer flushed his eyes with water after confronting protesters on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, at the Capitol in Washington as Congress prepares to confirm President-elect Joe Biden’s victory, thousands of People gathered to demonstrate their support for President Donald Trump and his allegations of election fraud (AP Photo / John Minchillo)

Supporters of President Donald Trump put water in his eyes after U The Capitol Police deployed a chemical agent outside of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan 6, 2021, in Washington (AP Photo / Jose Luis Magana)

People protect themselves in the house gallery while protesters try to break into the house chamber of the U. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan 6, 2021, in Washington (AP Photo / Andrew Harnik)

A protester speaks to the police about a barrier, Wednesday, Jan 6, 2021, at the Capitol in Washington As Congress prepares to confirm President-elect Joe Biden’s victory, thousands of people have gathered to demonstrate their support for President Donald Trump and his allegations of electoral fraud (AP Photo / John Minchillo)

Supporters of President Donald Trump climb the west face of the US. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan 6, 2021, in Washington (AP Photo / Jose Luis Magana)

US. Capitol Police are holding protesters at gunpoint near the house chamber in the US Capitol on Wednesday, Jan 6, 2021, in Washington (AP Photo / Andrew Harnik)

Trump supporters attempt to break a police cordon on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, at the Washington Capitol (AP Photo / John Minchillo)

President-elect Joe Biden speaks at the Queen Theater in Wilmington, Del, Wednesday, Jan 6, 2021 Biden has called for violent protests against the US Capitol “an attack on America’s most sacred corporation: running the people’s business” (AP Photo / Susan Walsh)

Trump supporters gather outside Capitol 6, 2021, in Washington on Wednesday, January 2021, as Congress prepares to confirm President-elect Joe Biden’s victory, thousands of people have gathered to show their support for President Donald Trump and demonstrate his allegations of electoral fraud (AP Photo / John Minchillo)

Legislators prepare to evacuate the house gallery while protesters attempt to break into the house chamber of the US Capitol on Wednesday, Jan 6, 2021, in Washington (AP Photo / J Scott Applewhite)

US. Capitol Police are holding protesters at gunpoint near the house chamber in the US Capitol on Wednesday, Jan 6, 2021, in Washington (AP Photo / Andrew Harnik)

WASHINGTON, DC – Aug. JANUARY: Members of the National Guard and Washington DC. Police stand guard to keep demonstrators away from the US Capitol on Jan. January 2021 in Washington, DC A pro-Trump mob earlier stormed the Capitol, broke windows and clashed with police officers Trump supporters gathered in the country’s capital to oppose the ratification of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory over the electoral college Protesting President Donald Trump in the 2020 election (Photo by Samuel Corum / Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – Aug. JANUARY: Pro-Trump protesters gather in front of the US. Capitol Building on Jan. January 2021 in Washington, DC A pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol, broke windows and clashed with police officers Trump supporters gathered in the country’s capital today to oppose the ratification of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory over President Trump Protest the 2020 elections (Photo by Jon Cherry / Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – Aug. JANUARY: A member of a pro-Trump mob smashes a window with his fist out of the Capitol after it fell on Jan. A pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol, broke windows and clashed with police officers Trump supporters gathered in the country’s capital today to oppose the ratification of the president-elect’s victory Joe Biden to protest about President Trump in the 2020 election (Photo by Jon Cherry / Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – Aug. JANUARY: A group of pro-Trump protesters climb the walls of the Capitol building after being killed on Jan. A pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol, broke windows and clashed with police officers Trump supporters gathered in the country’s capital today to oppose the ratification of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory Protest over President Trump in the 2020 election (Photo by Jon Cherry / Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – Aug. JANUARY: A pro-Trump mob storms the US. Capitol building after a rally with President Donald Trump on Jan. January 20, 2021 in Washington, DC Trump supporters gathered in the country’s capital today to protest the ratification of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory over President Trump in the 2020 election (photo by Samuel Corum / Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – Aug. JANUARY: A crowd of Trump supporters gather outside, seen from inside S. Capitol on Jan. January 2021 in Washington, DC Congress will hold a joint session today to confirm President-elect Joe Biden’s victory over Electoral College 306-232 over President Donald Trump The joint session was suspended when Trump supporters broke through the Capitol Building ( Photo by Cheriss May / Getty Images)

Before the uprising took place, thousands of Trump supporters gathered outside the joint congressional session in Washington DC to confirm the victory of President-elect Biden

Trump reiterated his claims that the election was “stolen” and encouraged the crowd to march the two miles from the White House to the Capitol

Shut down

Support: DUP MPs Ian Paisley (left), Sammy Wilson (2from left) and Paul Girvan (right) hoist the flag of Donald Trump

North Antrim MP Mr. Paisley said it was “abhorrent” for any kind of violence to disrupt the political process, acknowledging that both President Trump and President-elect Biden were telling those involved they should go home

However, he argued that no one can say that Trump provoked protesters to break the law

“I look to his comments, which was contained in what appeared to be a live comment that they would go down and applaud the members of Congress and the House they approve of

“He went on to say that there are some with whom they disagree, but he said nothing to do

“Someone will always be looking for someone to blame here, but I think at the end of the day anyone who follows American politics knows that this is a very, very deeply divided society”

Mr. Paisley added that Trump’s 2016 election victory was a “clear indication” of divisions within US society

He said that it is now up to both sides of the political argument to think about and figure out how to stabilize the democratic process

“I don’t think this is in anyone’s interests, and I don’t think it is either in the interests of President Trump or in the interests of President Biden, and certainly not in the interests of the people of the United States America”

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World News – CA – Donald Trump’s speech did not spark any unrest in the US Capitol, claims DUP’s Paisley

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