There are few certainties in life: just death, taxes and the guarantee that if Donald Trump tweets something, it will contradict a previous tweet he posted.
Twitter users were reminded of that on Wednesday while the president’s supporters stormed the grounds of the U.S. Capitol to stop Congress’ certification of the election Trump lost in November.
Previously, the president asked his supporters to come to Washington, D.C., to protest the election results.
As the protests turned violent, Trump attempted to cool things down without pissing off his supporters or admitting that he lost the election.
I am asking for everyone at the U.S. Capitol to remain peaceful. No violence! Remember, WE are the Party of Law & Order – respect the Law and our great men and women in Blue. Thank you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2021
His tone was a far cry from his tweet in late July when the Capitol was the site of many protests against racial injustice.
Back then, Trump had a different feeling toward protesters, and suggested that those who damage buildings should serve 10 years in prison.
Flashback: July 27. Trump called for protesters who damaged federal buildings to get a minimum of 10 years in prison. pic.twitter.com/3F58IR1HHf
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) January 6, 2021
The president has made no such decrees this time, probably because those in question are his supporters.
Many Twitter users couldn’t help but notice the irony.
There is ALWAYS a tweet! https://t.co/OqYak48XGA
— George Papadopoulos (@feeonlyplanner) January 6, 2021
👇🏼🤔Hmmm what’s different? https://t.co/bh2UCzWIXR
— Kimba 🎧 (@me_kimba) January 6, 2021
This just applies to black people though, right? https://t.co/z8zSh7Rniz
— Greg Benson, America's Favorite Comedian (@mediocrefilms) January 6, 2021
I believe the worst “antifa” ever did to a federal building involved spray paint on the exterior. https://t.co/YrAFiKirWk
— James Gleick (@JamesGleick) January 6, 2021
Can't wait to see this enforced equally. https://t.co/9qFADDRQGM
— Scott Zabielski (@scottzabielski) January 6, 2021
Trump later posted a video asking supporters to go home, but rather than suggesting they needed to face criminal charges, he told them he loved them. He also went on a rant of false accusations that the election was stolen from him.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2021 testPromoTitleReplace testPromoDekReplace Join HuffPost Today!No thanks. Important conversations are happening now. Add your voice! Join HuffPost Today! Download Calling all HuffPost superfans! Sign up for membership to become a founding member and help shape HuffPost’s next chapter Join HuffPost