President Donald Trump said he “totally” disagrees with the outcome of the election but acknowledged there would be an orderly transition of power on January 20.
The announcement comes a day after a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol to halt democratic proceedings, interrupting lawmakers who were conducting a ceremonial vote to affirm President-elect Joe Biden’s win.
Some members of Congress were forced to take cover and hide, offices were looted, and the formal congressional tally of votes was put on pause for hours.
“Even though I totally disagree with the outcome of the election, and the facts bear me out, nevertheless there will be an orderly transition on January 20th,” said Trump in a statement early Thursday morning, in a message posted by his social media director, Dan Scavino.
“I have always said we would continue our fight to ensure that only legal votes were counted. While this represents the end of the greatest first term in presidential history, it’s only the beginning of our fight to Make America Great Again!”
Statement by President Donald J. Trump on the Electoral Certification:
“Even though I totally disagree with the outcome of the election, and the facts bear me out, nevertheless there will be an orderly transition on January 20th. I have always said we would continue our…
— Dan Scavino🇺🇸🦅 (@DanScavino) January 7, 2021
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On Wednesday, Twitter removed two of Trump’s tweets and locked his account for 12 hours following problematic statements.
Twitter also threatened to permanently suspend Trump’s account if he further violates their standards, site administrators said in a Twitter thread.
“As a result of the unprecedented and ongoing violent situation in Washington, D.C., we have required the removal of three @realDonaldTrump Tweets that were posted earlier today for repeated and severe violations of our Civic Integrity policy,” they said.
At least one person is dead following Wednesday’s events. A woman was reportedly shot and later died of her injuries in hospital.