President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump acknowledges end of presidency after Congress certifies Biden win Congress affirms Biden win after rioters terrorize Capitol Third House lawmaker tests positive for COVID-19 this week MORE acknowledged the end of his first term as president early Thursday morning saying there would be an “orderly transition of power” on Jan. 20 just minutes after Congress formally certified the Electoral College votes in favor of President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump acknowledges end of presidency after Congress certifies Biden win Congress affirms Biden win after rioters terrorize Capitol Here’s how newspaper front pages across the world looked after mobs stormed the Capitol MORE.
Trump’s statement was shared through the Twitter account of White House aide and social media director Dan Scavino. Facebook and Twitter temporarily suspended Trump from his social media accounts after he posted about a pro-Trump mob that overran the Capitol on Wednesday that ran afoul of platform guidelines.
“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!”
…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!”
— Dan Scavino (@DanScavino) January 7, 2021
The message by Trump via Scavino came just before 4 a.m. on Thursday, minutes after congressional lawmakers formally tabulated the Electoral College votes. The certification dragged into the early morning hours after the process was interrupted just an hour into debate on Wednesday afternoon when Trump supporters breached the Capitol, resulting in both the House and Senate chambers having to gavel out.
Earlier in the day, Trump told the crowd of supporters he would “never concede,” instead insisting as he has for almost two months that the election was stolen from him through coordinated and widespread fraud — claims that neither he nor his lawyers have proved.
“Make no mistake — this election was stolen from you, from me and from the country,” Trump told supporters.
The breach of the Capitol prompted a host of lawmakers, and Democratic and Republican former U.S. presidents, to call on Trump to commit to a peaceful transfer of power. Sen. Tom CottonTom Bryant CottonTrump acknowledges end of presidency after Congress certifies Biden win GOP senators blame Trump after mob overruns Capitol Tom Cotton calls on Trump to concede, ‘quit misleading the American people’ MORE (R- Ark.) said in a statement Trump should “quit misleading the American people.”
Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamTrump acknowledges end of presidency after Congress certifies Biden win GOP senators blame Trump after mob overruns Capitol Lindsey Graham says ‘enough is enough’ on Trump bid to overturn the election: ‘Count me out’ MORE (R-S.C.), who has aligned himself closely with Trump, said in a fiery floor speech late Wednesday that he had tried to support the president but “enough is enough.”
“Trump and I, we had a hell of a journey. I hate it being this way. … All I can say is count me out. Enough is enough. … We’ve got to end it,” Graham said.
Updated 4:45 a.m.
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