In a video statement tweeted by Trump late on Thursday, he acknowledged that the 2020 election is officially over and promised that those who broke the law last Wednesday during the U.S. Capitol protest would be criminally prosecuted.
Trump started his statement by addressing the “heinous attack” in the United States Capitol. He said, “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. America is and must always be a nation of law and order.”
After President Trump's 12-hour Twitter ban, he posted a conciliatory video Thursday afternoon, saying that “America is and must always be a nation of law and order.”https://t.co/akgHz5A2z0
— San Francisco Chronicle (@sfchronicle) January 8, 2021
He continued and said, “the demonstrators who infiltrated the Capitol have defiled the seat of American democracy,” adding that those who engaged in the acts of violence and destruction “do not represent our country,” and those that broke the law will be held accountable.
After giving his statement with regard to the riot that broke in the U.S. Capitol, Trump then talked about the outcome of the election and recognized that “it was over.” However, he did not anymore repeat his claims that the election was stolen through fraud.
The Republican President said, “We have just been through an intense election, and emotions are high.” He added that now that tempers have cooled down and calm restored, Americans should get on with the business of America.
Furthermore, Trump also said that the Trump campaign has vigorously pursued every legitimate way to contest the election results. His goal was to guarantee that the integrity of the vote is kept. “In so doing, I was fighting to defend American democracy. I continue to strongly believe that we must reform our election laws to verify the identity and eligibility of all voters and to ensure faith and confidence in all future elections,” he said.
However, Congress has already certified the election results, and the new Biden administration will be inaugurated on January 20. With this, Trump said that his focus now is to ensure that a smooth, orderly, and seamless transition of power will be held. He added, “this moment calls for healing and reconciliation.”
According to Johns Hopkins University, there have been at least 21,567,444 cases of coronavirus in the U.S.; at least 365,102 people have died in the U.S. from coronavirus.
So far today, JHU has reported 268,104 new cases and 3,979 new deaths — a new horrific record.
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) January 8, 2021
In the video footage, Trump also acknowledged that 2020 has been challenging for the American people. The coronavirus pandemic has suspended the lives of many, isolated millions in their homes, damaged the American economy, and has claimed countless lives.
The President added that overcoming the pandemic and rebuilding the American economy, with whom he referred to as “the greatest economy on earth,” will require all of the country’s people to work together.
He said that he now asks for a renewed emphasis on the civic values of charity, community, faith, family, and patriotism, adding that the people must rekindle the sacred bonds of love and loyalty that bind the American people together into one national family.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 8, 2021
“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. Thank you, God bless you, and God bless America,” Trump said.
Last Thursday at 3:40 a.m., Vice President Mike Pence announced that Democrat Joe Biden had won the presidency after the Congress completed counting the Electoral College votes.
The announcement had to be suspended for nearly six hours after an angry mob of protesters stormed the U.S. Capitol, leaving four people dead and sending Congress members evacuating from the floor.