Trump promises ‘orderly transition’ after Congress certifies Biden win
President Trump promised an “orderly transition” to a Joe Biden presidency early Thursday after Congress certified Biden’s election victory in an overnight vote shortly before 4 a.m.
“Even though I totally disgree 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 a statement.
“I have always said we would continue our fight to ensure that only legal votes were counted,” the president continued. “While this represents the end of the greatest first term in presidential history, it’s only the beginning of our fight to Make American Great Again.”
Trump’s statement coincided with Vice President Mike Pence’s announcement from the Capitol that the Electoral College vote from Dec. 14 — which followed the popular vote of Nov. 3 — had been certified in favor of President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.
The early-morning certification followed a volatile Wednesday in Washington in which pro-Trump protesters stormed the Capitol, forcing a lockdown and leading to the deaths of four people — including a California woman who was struck by a police officer’s bullet.
The rioting at the Capitol had lawmakers from both major parties placing blame in the direction of Trump, accusing the president of using fiery rhetoric to further inflame supporters who were already upset about Trump’s loss at the polls. Prior to the rioting, Trump spoke to a huge crowd of supporters not far from the White House, lashing out at “weak Republicans,” and accusing some in the party of not fighting hard enough to help him win a second term.
In other developments:
– Trump slams his VP, says Pence ‘didn’t have the courage’ to decertify results of presidential election
– Trump lashes out at ‘weak Repubicans’ for not backing his push to overturn election
– House members Harris, Allred nearly come to blows during Pennsylvania certification debate: reports
– Loeffler changes mind, says she couldn’t reject certification
– Graham calls Biden ‘lawfully elected,’ says ‘enough is enough’ following breach of Capitol
– Biden pick for Dept. of Justice’s top civil rights post has called for partially defunding police
Capitol fatality ID’d as Air Force vet from California; 3 more deaths reported
A woman who was fatally shot inside the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday was later identified as Ashli Babbitt, a 14-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force who lived in San Diego, according to reports.