Donald Trump tries to limit the damage: In a new video message, he condemned the “heinous attack” on the Capitol and admitted that he was defeated in the election. Previously, there had also been sharp criticism from within the company.
After massive criticism, US President Donald Trump has now condemned the storming of the Capitol by his supporters. It was a “heinous attack” that triggered outrage in him because of “violence, lawlessness and chaos,” said Trump in a new video.
Those who used violence did not represent the country. And those who broke the law would pay for it. Trump said this was a moment for “healing and reconciliation”. Calm must return.
He did not address his own role in inciting his supporters. At their address, however, he said that he knew that they were “disappointed”. But he wanted to let them know that “our incredible journey is just beginning.”
Trump promises an orderly transfer of power
At a rally with thousands of supporters on Wednesday, the outgoing president called for a protest march to the Capitol, where the votes for the election winner Joe Biden should be confirmed. “If you don’t fight like hell, you won’t have any more land,” Trump told the demonstrators. Later, his followers invaded the Capitol.
In an initial reaction, Trump sent a video message to the intruders to go home, but did not condemn the violence and reiterated the baseless allegations of electoral fraud. In the new video, Trump admitted that a new administration under President-elect Biden would be sworn in on January 20. His focus will now be on “ensuring a calm, orderly and smooth transfer of power.”
Resignations and criticism after riots
A first member of Trump’s cabinet had previously resigned in protest. US Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao announced on Twitter that she was leaving office.
“Yesterday our country had a traumatic and totally avoidable event when supporters of the President stormed the Capitol after a rally he was speaking at. As I am sure many of you have, I was deeply concerned in ways that I can’t push aside, “wrote Chao. Your ministry will continue to work with President-elect Joe Biden, said the wife of the Republican Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell.
Resignation series in the White House
Chao is not alone with her step. The US government is running a series of resignations. The US special envoy for Northern Ireland and former White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney told CNBC: “I can’t stay here, not after yesterday.” He had informed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo of his resignation. Previously, the deputy national security advisor Matt Pottinger and the spokeswoman for the first lady Melania Trump – and ex-spokeswoman for the president – Stephanie Grisham, resigned.
“Those who stay, and I have spoken to some, are only doing so because they fear that the president might replace them with someone worse,” Mulvaney said. The special envoy had himself been deposed as chief of staff by Trump because he admitted in October that military aid to Ukraine had been frozen on the orders of the president.
Sharp criticism from within our own ranks
Many of Trump’s Republican party friends also sharply criticized the president and his violent supporters. McConnell said, referring to yesterday’s events, there had been a “massive failure” by the police and other officials. Ultimately, however, the blame lies with the criminals who broke into the Capitol and the people who incited them.
The day the Washington Capitol was stormed
Ex-Attorney General William Barr said there was no excuse for “orchestrating a mob” to put pressure on Congress. Trump’s behavior is a “betrayal of his office and his supporters”. In the cabinet, Barr had been one of Trump’s most loyal and energetic advocates. In mid-December, however, he resigned after tensions with the president.
Call for impeachment
Some Republicans did not stop at criticism. The Republican MP in the US House of Representatives, Adam Kinzinger, even called for Trump’s impeachment. To this end, the 25th amendment to the constitution should be applied, which regulates the impeachment of the president, explained Kinzinger. “Everything indicates that the president has broken away, not just from his duty or even his oath, but from reality itself.” Trump’s immediate dismissal also called for the Democrats – above all the chairman of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi.
The rather conservative “Wall Street Journal” called on Trump to resign in an opinion piece that evening.