In a heavily edited and scripted video, Trump took no responsibility for the violence and admitted that he lost the election.
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 8, 2021
Let me begin by commenting on the haters' attack on the capital of the United States. Like all Americans, I am outraged by violence, lawlessness, and chaos. I silently use the National Guard and federal law enforcement agencies to secure the building and represent the intruders. America is and always must be a nation of law and order. The protesters who infiltrated the capital have polluted the seat of American democracy. You do not represent our country until those who have committed acts of violence in this direction. You will pay to those who broke the law. We have just gone through an intense election and the emotions are high. But now the minds must be called and calm restored.
We have to get on with America's business. My election campaign vigorously pursued all legal channels to challenge the election results. My only goal was to ensure the integrity of the vote. That's what I fought to defend American democracy. I continue to firmly believe that we need to reform our electoral laws to verify the identity and eligibility of all voters and to ensure confidence in all future elections. The Congress confirmed the results. A new administration will be inaugurated on January 20th. My focus now is on ensuring a smooth, orderly and seamless transfer of power. This moment requires healing and reconciliation. 2020 was a challenging time for our employees. The pandemic has changed the lives of our citizens. Isolated millions in their homes, harm to our economies and claim to countless lives.
Trump condemned the violence he instigated, claiming he supported the smooth transition of power that he had blocked. Trump's reverse attack on the Capitol is an attempt to avoid impeachment or appeal to the 25th Amendment.
Donald Trump wants to run for president again in 2024, and his speech and admission that he will be leaving the White House should be viewed as nothing more than Trump trying to avoid responsibility for what he did and keeping his faint dreams of keeping one alive in four years.
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Mr. Easley is the Founder / Senior Editor, White House Press Pool, and a Congressional Correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor's degree in political science. His thesis focused on public order with a specialization in social reform movements.
Awards and professional memberships
Member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the American Political Science Association