A day after U.S. President Donald Trump’s supporters, charged by listening to their leader’s words at a Washington DC rally, stormed the U.S. Capitol, Mr. Trump condemned the violence and acknowledged that a new administration would be sworn in on January 20.
President Donald Trump condemned the deadly siege on the US Capitol by his supporters as a “heinous attack” and said he will work to ensure an “orderly” transition of power.
“Like all Americans, I am outraged by the violence, lawlessness, and mayhem,” Trump said in a video posted to Twitter one day after a violent mob breached the federal building, forcing lawmakers to evacuate.
Donald Trump did not address his role in inciting the violence. But he is telling his supporters that, while he knows they are “disappointed,” he wants them to know “our incredible journey is only just beginning.”
The rampage that shocked the world and left the country on edge forced the resignation of the U.S. Capitol Police chief Steven Sund over the failure to stop the breach.
It led lawmakers to demand a review of operations and an FBI briefing over what they called a “terrorist attack.” And it is prompting a broader reckoning over Trump’s tenure in office and what comes next for a torn nation.
Invoking of 25th Amendment
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer called for invoking the 25th Amendment to the Constitution to force Trump from office before Biden is inaugurated on Jan. 20. They tried to call Vice President Mike Pence early Thursday to discuss that option but were unable to connect with him.
Pelosi said any remaining day with the president in power could be “a horror show for America.”
Likewise, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said the attack on the Capitol was “an insurrection against the United States, incited by the president,” and Donald Trump must not stay in office “one day” longer.
Mr. Trump, who has over the years floated the idea of being ‘President for life’, said in his video message that his “only goal” was to ensure the integrity of the election.
“Now Congress has certified the results. A new administration will be inaugurated on Jan. 20. My focus now turns to ensure a smooth orderly and seamless transition of power. This moment calls for healing and reconciliation,” Mr. Donald Trump said without mentioning Mr. Biden by name or offering congratulations, as is the norm.