The outgoing president of the United States, Donald Trump, has assured that those followers of his who committed crimes in the assault on the Capitol “will pay for it.” In a video posted on his official Twitter account after the blocking of his networks, Trump has stated that he will now focus on ensuring that the transfer of powers is “orderly”: “Congress has certified the result (of the elections). A new Administration will come to power on January 20. I will now focus on ensuring a smooth, orderly and smooth transition of power. ”
All the times Trump emboldened the violent far right with his words
“This moment calls for healing and reconciliation,” Trump said, a day after inciting thousands of his followers to march to the Capitol to try to interfere in the process of ratification of the electoral result.
His message comes two months after the victory of Democrat Joe Biden in the November elections, and after an unprecedented campaign to sow distrust in the results, which he called fraudulent without providing evidence.
The outgoing president began by referring to the “atrocious attack on the United States Capitol” and declared himself “outraged by the violence, illegality and chaos.” “The protesters who infiltrated the Capitol have desecrated the seat of democracy. To those who were involved in acts of violence and destruction: you do not represent our country. And to those who broke the law: they will pay for it,” he said. That said, in a speech that contrasts completely with the one he made while his supporters wreaked havoc on Capitol Hill this Wednesday, when it took him more than two hours to ask them to leave Congress and did so saying, “We love you, go home.”
Trump also justified the violence in a tweet on Wednesday, which led to Twitter suspending his account for 12 hours, which the outgoing president did not use again until this video.
“My only objective was to ensure the integrity of the vote”
The outgoing president has called for “restoring calm”, but then he has defended his crusade against the result of the elections that has inflamed tensions in the country: “My only objective was to ensure the integrity of the vote, I was fighting to defend democracy American”.
“To all my wonderful fans: I know you are disappointed, but I also want you to know that our incredible journey has only just begun,” he concluded.
Trump has released the video after the Democratic leaders of Congress They will cry out this Thursday for his dismissal. “I urge the vice president (Mike Pence) to immediately remove the president by invoking the 25th Amendment. If the vice president and the Cabinet do not do so, Congress may be prepared to move forward with an impeachment,” said the Speaker of the House. Lower, Democrat Nancy Pelosi, at a press conference.
In order to invoke Amendment 25 to the US Constitution, mentioned by Pelosi, Vice President Pence and a majority of the cabinet would need to vote to remove Trump, citing his inability “to exercise the powers and duties of office,” in an unprecedented step.
In a press conference, the leader of the Democratic minority in the Senate, Chuck Schumer, revealed that Pelosi and he had called Pence to convince him to invoke that amendment to remove Trump, even though there are only days until the inauguration of Trump. Biden, next January 20. “We were on hold (on the phone) for 25 minutes and then we were told that the vice president would not come on the phone, so we are making it public, because he should do it and do it immediately (invoke Amendment 25),” Schumer said.
Several members of Trump’s cabinet have informally discussed the possibility of invoking that amendment, but Pence is opposed to initiating that impeachment process, The New York Times reported Thursday, citing sources close to the vice president.
The controversy over the assault on the Capitol has already caused two resignations in Trump’s cabinet: those of the Secretary of Transportation, Elaine Chao, and Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos; to which are added a dozen officials from the White House.