Finally Trump came out of hiding and gave a short speech accepting what he should have done immediately after the election, acknowledging that a new administration would be taking office on January 20th.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 8, 2021
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 engage in the acts of violence and destruction: you do not represent our country. And to those who broke the law: you will pay.
Now, Congress has certified the results. A new administration will be inaugurated on January 20. My focus now turns to ensuring a smooth, orderly and seamless transition of power.
Notably, after egging on his cult members to storm the Capitol, he is now throwing them under the bus because he realizes that things got way out of control. This should come as no surprise to anyone who has followed Trump’s life and knows that he views everyone as expendable, valued only to the extent that they are useful to him. But I suspect that some in his cult will still find a way to not accept that they have been betrayed by their Dear Leader and think that he really does care about them.
This promise of a smooth transition may be an effort to head off further resignations (though education secretary Betsy DeVos resigned after he gave that speech) and, more importantly, stall efforts to have him forcibly removed from office, either by impeachment or via the 25th Amendment.
Of course, no Trump speech, however short, would be complete without falsehoods.
“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.”
It has been reported that it was Mike Pence, not Trump, who deployed the National Guard, while Trump resisted the measure.
Vice President Mike Pence, not President Donald Trump, helped facilitate the decision to mobilize members of the DC National Guard Wednesday when violence at the US Capitol building started to escalate, according to a source familiar with the move and public comments from top officials.
Trump, who has proven over the past year to be eager to deploy the National Guard when violence breaks out, initially resisted doing so on Capitol Hill Wednesday as a mob of his supporters breached the building, per a source familiar. Pence played a key role in coordinating with the Pentagon about deploying them, and urged them to move faster than they were.
The news raises questions about who was acting as commander in chief on one of America’s darkest days, which saw the country’s legislature overrun for the first time since the British attacked and burned the building in August 1814.
Yesterday we saw, as we have seen so many times before when something disgraceful happens in the US, many people making the claim that ‘this is not who we are’ and that the whole world looks to America as ‘the beacon of democracy’ and the ‘shining light on the hill’ that other countries admire and seek to emulate.
It is time to retire this reflexive and incessant self-aggrandizement.