Trump Counters ‘Heinous Attack on the U.S. Capitol,’ Announces Peaceful Transfer of Power
Jan. 7 , 2021 (EIRNS)—In a 2:41-minute video posted on the White House YouTube channel on Thursday evening, President Donald Trump delivered a message to the nation beginning with the following words: “I would like to begin by addressing the heinous attack on the United States Capitol. Like all Americans, I am outraged by the violence, lawlessness, and mayhem. I immediately deployed the National Guard and federal law enforcement to secure the building and expel the intruders.”
President Trump elaborated: “America is and must always be a nation of law and order. The demonstrators who infiltrated the Capitol have defiled the seat of American democracy. To those who engaged in the acts violence and destruction: You do not represent our country. And to those who broke the law: You will pay.”
Trump went on to call for a peaceful transfer of power and for national unity, and he vowed that he and his movement are not going to be driven from the American political scene. “We have just been through an intense election, and emotions are high. But now tempers must be cooled and calm restored. We must get on with the business of America.” He concluded: “To the citizens of our country, serving as your President has been the honor of my lifetime. And to all of my wonderful supporters, I know you are disappointed, but I also want you to know that our incredible journey is only just beginning.”
Earlier in the day, through White House Deputy Press Secretary Dan Scavino, President Trump issued a brief statement on electoral certification, asserting that “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!” “ The President was forced to issue his 3:49 a.m. statement via Scavino because his own Twitter account has been blocked. Subsequently, the power-mad Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg boasted that he had blocked the President’s Facebook account for the next two weeks “or maybe longer,” purportedly because anything the President might say about the elections or vote fraud would automatically be an incitement to violence.
Following the violent interruption of yesterday’s proceedings in the Joint Session of Congress, when debate resumed last evening, the Senate voted 93-6 to reject objections raised by Arizona Sen. Paul Gosar and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz on Arizona’s electoral slate, while the House rejected them by a vote of 303-121. In the case of Pennsylvania, the Senate voted 92-7 to reject objections raised by Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) and Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA); the House vote was 232-138.