His 12 hour ban from Twitter was lifted, and now it appears so too has Donald Trump’s plans to overturn the election result. Trump also condemned the actions of his fanatical supporters. On Wednesday, hundreds of Trump supporters broke into the Capitol building, just as congress were ratifying Joe Biden as the next US President.
Five people were killed during these riots. One woman was shot by police, while three others died from “medical emergences”.
Police later released the names of the victims. They were Ashli Babbitt aged 35, Benjamin Phillips aged 50, Kevin Greeson aged 55 and Rosanne Boylan aged 34.
A police officer became the fifth fatality of the riots. He died from his injuries last night.
On Thursday evening, Trump posted a video message describing the riots as a “heinous attack on the nation’s capitol”. Trump said that these protestors “defiled” the US Capitol complex, adding they “do not represent our country”.
A contrast to what he had said previously. See here.
“Orderly and seamless transition of power”
As well as comdeming the rioters in the video, Trump also appeared to accept Joe Biden’s election victory. He said his main focus now, was for a “smooth, orderly, and seamless transition of power”.
Trump said, “Now Congress has certified the results, a new Administration will be inaugurated on January 20″. He added,“We have just been through an intense election and emotions are high”.
He added, “But now tempers must be cooled and calm restored. We must get on with the business of America”.
Despite this U-turn, Trump has defended his decision to “vigorously pursue every avenue to contest the election results” and claimed his “only goal was to ensure the integrity of the vote.”
He added, “I was fighting to defend American democracy”.