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Gov. Mike DeWine to 3News on President Trump's message following chaos at Capitol: 'It would have been better if it was just a call to go home'

DeWine spoke with 3News' Russ Mitchell to react to the violence that happened at the U.S. Capitol in Washington.

CLEVELAND — Violence broke out at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday as supporters of President Trump stormed into the building just as the House and Senate were in the process of certifying the Electoral College victory of President-elect Joe Biden. 

The images of chaos were hard for Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine to watch. DeWine, who previously served in both chambers of Congress, joined 3News' Russ Mitchell for a one-on-one interview on Wednesday evening. 

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The unrest forced a halt to the proceedings and put the Capitol on lockdown. One person was fatally shot, with at least 5 others hospitalized. 

At the height of the violence, President Donald Trump urged supporters to “go home” but continued to push out false attacks about the presidential election in a video message.

"There's never been a time like this where such a thing happened where they could take it away from all of us -- from me, from you, from our country," he said. "This was a fraudulent election, but we can't play into the hands of these people. We have to have peace. So, go home. We love you. You're very special. You've seen what happens. You see the way others are treated that are so bad and so evil. I know how you feel. But go home and go home in peace."

When asked by Mitchell for his response to Trump's video, DeWine said, "The statement from the president would've certainly have been better if it just was a call to go home. That's what the statement should have said."

As far as how responsible Trump is for the violence that took place at the Capitol, DeWine stated that 'history will decide how much responsibility' that the president will have.

DeWine, who served as a co-chair of Trump's re-election committee in Ohio, does not have any regrets about being a supporter of the president. "I like who he's put on the Supreme Court. I think he's been good for our economy. I think he's looked out for the United States on trade issues. But it's time to move on. Joe Biden has been elected President of the United States and is going to be sworn-in in two weeks."

With Trump departing office in two weeks, what does the governor think his political ally's legacy will be? 

"I'm not good at writing history. If you want to know that, see what historians say in 15, 20 or a hundred years from now. I'm not going to do that," DeWine said.

You can watch Gov. DeWine's entire interview with Russ Mitchell in the player below: 

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