The day that many Democrats and Republicans alike predicted would never come, came today as Donald Trump said farewell to the American people and his presidency and left the White House without having to be forcibly removed.
Trump, who is now a former U.S. president after Joe Biden was inaugurated at noon, gave a farewell address to the American people early Wednesday morning before departing from the White House with Melania Trump and the rest of his family.
Trump spoke from Joint Base Andrews, mentioning many of his accomplishments including seating hundreds of conservative judges, historic peace accords between Israel and several Arab nations, and getting two vaccinations for the coronavirus approved by the FDA “in nine months.”
“What we have done has been amazing by any standard,” Trump told the crowd, which included aides, chief of staff Mark Meadows, and family members.
Trump touts economic accomplishments
Trump also said that he rebuilt the economy twice, setting himself up to take credit for the eventual economic recovery from the coronavirus and related shutdowns.
“Remember us when you see these things happening if you would,” Trump said. “I am looking at elements of our economy that are set to be a rocket ship up.”
Trump wished the new administration well without mentioning Joe Biden’s name or acknowledging that he won the election. He never conceded the election to Biden, and has claimed that there was massive election fraud that caused Biden to look like he won.
He talked about what might be next for him and said, “I will be watching, I will be listening, and I will tell you that the future of this country has never been better.”
“Only just beginning”
“The movement we started is only just beginning,” he continued.
Trump talked about running for president again in 2024 before a group of protesters forced their way into the Capitol and caused damage and injuries, including the death of a Capitol police officer. A protester was also shot and killed in the violence.
Democrats and a number of Republicans blamed Trump for “inciting” the violence and conducted a rush impeachment last week in the House, even though his words never mentioned violence and even urged peaceful protest. His political future is unclear as the Senate debates what to do with the House’s impeachment, but polls show that most Republicans still support him and what he stands for.
Whether Trump runs again or starts a new political party, as some have suggested, you can be sure he will keep his promise made during the farewell at Andrews: “We will be back in some form.”
Seems like 75 million Americans are counting on it.