Hours after President Donald Trump said he would never concede, he had to change his tune.
Minutes after Congress voted to certify the Electoral College vote for Joe Biden, Trump made a statement posted on Twitter by White House deputy chief of staff for communications Dan Scavino that there would be an “orderly transition of power” on January 20.
“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,” Trump said in the statement.”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!”
Trump had said earlier in the day during a speech at a rally on the Ellipse of the White House that he would “never concede.”
Acknowledgement after violence
His acknowledgement that there would not be further attempts to fight a Biden presidency came after some protesters in Washington, D.C. illegally entered the Capitol building and caused damage to it, causing widespread outrage in the media and general public.
While the protesters were obviously wrong to do what they did, both Democrats and some Republicans wrongly blamed Trump for “inciting” the violence and immediately began to call for his removal from office through either impeachment or the 25th Amendment.
The facts about the incident have not all come out, including the identity of the protesters who entered the Capitol building and how they managed to thwart the supposedly strong security there.
But the actions of at least some of Trump’s apparent supporters appears to have chastened him and caused a change in his intentions to keep fighting to overturn the election results he doesn’t think are correct.
GOP senators drop election objections
About half of the expected dozen senators who said they would object to election results in several states dropped their objections after the Capitol was beseiged, and lawmakers in both houses came back into session after the Capitol was secured to finish the process of certifying the Electoral College votes that will bring Joe Biden into the presidency.
Six senators and 121 House members voted not to accept Arizona’s electoral slate, but that was not enough to prevent them from being certified. Other challenges to votes in Georgia, Michigan, Nevada and Wisconsin also went nowhere, and Biden’s victory was certified around 4 a.m.
Vice President Mike Pence also went along with the certification and did not try sending electors back to states, despite requests from five state legislatures to do so. State legislators from Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin signed a letter to Pence asking for more time to investigate “unprecedented” allegations of fraud that had not been discovered until after the states certified their results.
It appears these challenges will probably be dropped in the wake of the Capitol incident, and the country will never have closure on whether Trump really won the election or not.