“We’re going to walk down Pennsylvania Avenue … and we’re going to the Capitol … we’re going to try and give our Republicans … the kind of pride and boldness that they need to take back our country”. Outgoing US President Donald Trump gave his die-hard mob precise instructions for the “wild” spectacle he wanted on January 6, and they unleashed mayhem at the US Capitol with relative ease. Now, he is finally backing off.
After stewing for months over his “stolen election” fantasy, Trump finally acknowledged his defeat in the November 2020 election and announced there would be an “orderly transition on January 20th” after Congress certified President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.
“Even though I totally disagree with the outcome of the election, and the facts bear me out, nevertheless there will be an orderly transition on January 20th,” Trump said in a statement posted to Twitter by his social media director Dan Scavino just before 4 a.m. on January 7.
Trump’s Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram accounts have been muzzled for posting excusing and justifying violence.
“While this represents the end of the greatest first term in presidential history, it’s only the beginning of our fight to Make America Great Again!” Trump added.
After Trump spent weeks spinning baseless claims that the election was stolen, his supporters stormed the US Capitol Wednesday and unleashed bedlam, smashing windows, and forcing lawmakers into hiding for hours until the National Guard was called in.
“These are the things and events that happen when a sacred landslide election victory is so unceremoniously & viciously stripped away from great patriots who have been badly & unfairly treated for so long,” Trump wrote in a message later deleted by Twitter. He added: “Go home with love and in peace. Remember this day forever!”
After the jarring events of January 6, a wave of White House resignations has begun. Stephanie Grisham, the First Lady’s chief of staff, and Deputy National Security Adviser Matt Pottinger have quit. White House Social Secretary Rickie Niceta and Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Matthews have also resigned, according to reports.
Calls for Trump’s removal are growing, especially from former Republicans who worked with frenzied energy to get Biden elected. Removal requires a two-thirds Senate vote, which means 67 Senators must vote for the move. CBS is reporting that Trump’s cabinet secretaries are discussing invoking the 25th Amendment to remove the president from office. January 20 is not far, either.