Trump grudgingly promises ‘orderly transition’ a day after riot at Capitol
A day after violence broke out on Capitol Hill, President Donald Trump has said there will be an “orderly transition” of power on Jan. 20. The president’s statement, shared Thursday on Twitter by White House Director of Social Media Dan Scavino, says he still disagrees with the outcome of the election and avoids any mention of concession.
“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,” the statement reads. “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!”
A mob of Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol on Wednesday, sparking violence and halting the process to certify Joe Biden as the next US president. Trump has for weeks made unfounded claims of voter fraud in the 2020 election and on Wednesday told supporters at a rally in DC that “we will never give up, we will never concede.”
Twitter, Facebook and Snapchat on Wednesday blocked Trump’s accounts on the social media platforms, citing policy violations. Several tech leaders — including Apple CEO Tim Cook and Google CEO Sundar Pichai — denounced the riot.
Congress reconvened and affirmed Biden’s victory over Trump early Thursday, rejecting Republican efforts to throw out Georgia’s and Pennsylvania’s electoral votes for the president-elect.