January 8, 2020: The outgoing US President Mr Donald Trump finally conceded defeat and promised ‘orderly transition’ of power. Mr Trump had refused to accept the results of November 2020 Presidential elections. Shortly after Mr Trump’s address in Washington DC, his supporters stormed the US Capitol Hill on January 6.
“Now Congress has certified the results, a new administration will be inaugurated
on January 20th my focus now turns to ensuring a smooth orderly and seamless transition of power,” said Mr Trump in a video statement released on January 7.
The US Congress certified victory for Mr Joe Biden in the early hours of January 7. The riots had halted the proceedings of Congress for more than six hours.
An earlier statement from Mr Trump tweeted from the account of White House spokesperson Dan Scavino said, “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. I have always said we would continue our fight to ensure that only legal votes were counted. 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!”
Twitter and Facebook had suspended the social media accounts of Mr Trump due to misleading information posted from his account and violation of company policy.
Many in the Trump administration resigned after the riots. Leaders from Mr Trump’s own Republican party also criticised the riots and refused to go ahead with Mr Trump’s line of argument regarding the ‘stolen’ election.
After the November 2020 US Presidential election defeat, Mr Trump refused to accept the election results and resorted to multiple ways trying to overturn the results. He continued to assert that the election results were ‘stolen’.
In a video statement released on January 7, Mr Trump said that he is “outraged by the violence, lawlessness, and mayhem” and has “immediately deployed the national guard and federal law enforcement to secure the building.”
“To those who engage in the acts of violence and destruction you do not represent our country and to those who broke the law, you will pay,” he added.
He continued, “my only goal was to ensure the integrity of the vote. In so doing, I was fighting to defend american democracy. I continue to strongly believe that we must reform our election laws to verify the identity and eligibility of all voters and to ensure faith and confidence in all future elections.”
Mr Trump concluded the statement by adding “serving as your president has been the honor of my lifetime.”