With just twelve days to go until America gets its new President, outgoing President Donald Trump has finally conceded the Presidential Election, and also condemned the Capitol Hill rioters in a new video which he posted on Twitter, which is the only social media platform he can use, as Instagram and Facebook have both imposed a ban on his accounts.
In the video, Trump says that his only focus going forward, now that Congress had formally certified the result, was to ensure ‘smooth, orderly and seamless transition of power.’
This concession seems to be one final attempt by Trump to try and bow out gracefully, after lawmakers are thinking of invoking Article 25 of the Constitution which would remove Trump from Office, before Inauguration day.
Apart from conceding, Trump also condemned the riots and the rioters who stormed the US Capitol on the same day of the joint certification hearing.
‘I’d like to begin by addressing the heinous attack on the US Capitol. America is and must always be a nation of law and order,’ he said, adding that rioters had ‘defiled’ American democracy – totally ignoring the fact that he encouraged his supporters to walk down Pennsylvania Avenue, and then later asked them to go home peacefully.
‘We have just been through an intense election and emotions are high but now emotions must be cool,’ he added, whilst also hinting that he will run for office in four years’ time.
“To the citizens of our country, serving as your president has been the honour of my lifetime, and to all of my wonderful supporters I know you are disappointed but I also want you to know our wonderful journey is only just beginning,” he said.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 8, 2021
Congress certified Joe Biden’s presidential win yesterday, January 7. Mike Pence, who presided over the session, confirmed that Biden had received 306 votes, beating Trump’s 232 votes.