President Donald Trump is conceding to President-elect Joe Biden and condemning the violent supporters who stormed the nation’s Capitol Wednesday.
In a new video message posted to Twitter, Trump says that now that Congress has certified the results, the “new administration will be inaugurated on January 20” and his “focus now turns to ensuring a smooth orderly and seamless transition of power.”
Trump said the people who infiltrated the Capitol have defiled the seat of American democracy.
He said those who broke the law will pay.
“Emotions are high, but now tempers must be cooled and calm restored,” Trump said in the video. It comes after his account was locked by Twitter and other social media services.
He is also speaking out against the violence, calling it a “heinous attack” that left him “outraged by the violence lawlessness and mayhem.”
He said his attention goes now toward a smooth transition of power following Congress’ certification of Biden as the next president.
He also called for the country to unite.
Trump did not address his role in inciting the violence. But he is telling his supporters that, while he knows they are “disappointed,” he wants them to know “our incredible journey is only just beginning.”
Urged on by Trump during a rally near the White House earlier Wednesday to head to Capitol Hill, protesters swiftly broke through police barriers, smashed windows and paraded through the halls, sending lawmakers into hiding.
One protester, a white woman, was shot to death by Capitol Police, and there were dozens of arrests. Three other people died after “medical emergencies” related to the breach.
After the chaos, lawmakers resolved to return from shelter to show the country, and the world, of the nation’s enduring commitment to uphold the will of the voters and the peaceful transfer of power.
Vice President Mike Pence, presiding over the joint session, announced the tally, 306-232, that confirmed Biden as the presidential election winner before dawn Thursday.