U.S. President Donald Trump has finally acknowledged the victory of President-elect Joe Biden and condemned his supporters who stormed the Capitol on Wednesday.
Armed protesters broke into the U.S. Capitol and forced the chamber to halt the ongoing vote to certify Biden’s election victory.
After two months of refusing to accept his defeat in the Nov. 3 election, Trump unleashed violence at the Capitol and urged his supporters to “fight.”
In a video posted on Twitter, however, he said he was “outraged” by Wednesday’s “heinous” attack, noting, “This moment calls for healing and reconciliation.”
“We just went through an intense election and emotions are running high, but now tempers need to be cooled and calm restored.”
He also said there would be an “orderly transition” to Biden’s new government on Jan. 20.
“A new government will be inaugurated on Jan. 20. My focus now is to ensure a smooth, orderly and flawless transition of power,” he said.
This came after his administration faced a series of resignations and after the two leading Democrats in Congress – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer – called for his immediate removal from power.
Pelosi called on Vice President Mike Pence’s Cabinet and Trump to invoke the 25th Amendment, which allows a Cabinet majority to remove a president deemed unable to fulfill his duties.
The Democratic leader of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, on Thursday condemned the storming of the Capitol by Trump supporters and called for the impeachment of the still-US president.
In response to the riots in Washington, Nancy Pelosi has called for the immediate ouster of President Donald Trump. Pelosi said Thursday in Washington that she is calling on acting U.S. Vice President Mike Pence to seek impeachment based on Amendment 25 of the U.S. Constitution. Trump is dangerous and should not be allowed to remain in office any longer, she said. “This is urgent.”
Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer had earlier also called for the president to be removed from office immediately, pointing to his role in Wednesday’s events in Washington that led to Trump supporters occupying Congress for several hours before the official certification of the electoral college votes was to take place there.
Many Democratic lawmakers, as well as Republicans, meanwhile called for Trump’s impeachment. Ilhan Omar, Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives, submitted a draft resolution to Congress to that effect.
In this regard, she wrote on Twitter, “We can’t let him stay in office, it’s a matter of preserving our Republic, and we must fulfill our oath.”
I am drawing up Articles of Impeachment.Donald J. Trump should be impeached by the House of Representatives & removed from office by the United States Senate.We can’t allow him to remain in office, it’s a matter of preserving our Republic and we need to fulfill our oath.
– Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) January 6, 2021
On Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, violent Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol as a joint session of the U.S. Congress was taking place to confirm Joe Biden’s final victory in the U.S. presidential election. The storming of the Capitol came in response to an indirect call by Trump, who refused to acknowledge his election defeat one more time earlier during a speech. Five people were killed in the attack, according to reports so far.
by Jeremy Abbott – American Correspondent – RN