President Trump, in a statement posted by White House deputy chief of staff Dan Scavino, vowed an “orderly transition” of power on January 20th.
President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration and swearing-in ceremony are expected to take place on that day. It will be mostly virtual due to the pandemic.
In the statement posted by Scavino, the President vowed to continue fighting the election results regardless.
“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,” the statement read.
“I have always said we would continue our fight to ensure that only legal votes were counted,” Trump continued. “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
…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!”
— Dan Scavino (@DanScavino) January 7, 2021
Trump Vows Orderly Transition While Cabinet Members Threaten 25th Amendment
The Political Insider reported earlier today that members of Trump’s cabinet are considering using the 25th Amendment to remove the President from office before the 20th.
CNN reporter Jim Acosta cited a source close to Trump in reporting the possibility of invoking the Amendment.
Some cabinet members are holding preliminary discussions about invoking the 25th amendment to force Trump’s removal from office, a source familiar with the matter tells CNN. It’s unclear whether the effort would ultimately be successful at this stage.
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) January 7, 2021
Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger also called on the 25th Amendment to be invoked.
In a video message, Kinzinger accused President Trump of causing the violence that took place at the Capitol on Wednesday.
“The president caused this. The president is unfit and the president is unwell,” the anti-Trump lawmaker said. “And the president now must relinquish control of the executive branch voluntarily or involuntarily.”
It’s with a heavy heart I am calling for the sake of our Democracy that the 25th Amendment be invoked. My statement: pic.twitter.com/yVyQrYcjuD
— Adam Kinzinger (@RepKinzinger) January 7, 2021
More Rats Abandoning Ship
Mick Mulvaney, President Donald Trump’s former chief of staff, told CNBC on Thursday he has resigned from the administration where he was serving as U.S. envoy to Northern Ireland.
“I called Mike Pompeo last night to let him know I was resigning from that. I can’t do it. I can’t stay,” Mulvaney said.
“Those who choose to stay, and I have talked with some of them, are choosing to stay because they’re worried the president might put someone worse in.”
Mick Mulvaney resigns from Trump administration: “I can’t do it. I can’t stay here.” https://t.co/yw0KPvCy1V
— Katie Phang (@KatiePhang) January 7, 2021
Meanwhile, President Trump took aim at his own Vice President for not rejecting the electoral votes.
Mike Pence on Wednesday issued a statement to Congress saying he didn’t have the Constitutional authority to refuse the certification of the Electoral College votes.
“Mike Pence didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our country and our Constitution, giving States a chance to certify a corrected set of facts, not the fraudulent or inaccurate ones which they were asked to previously certify,” Trump tweeted.
Twitter blocked the tweet and demanded it is taken down.
A video showing Trump from many years ago discussing loyalty recently surfaced on social media.
— Sweet Tea (@sweettea4517) January 7, 2021
“Someday I’d like to maybe lose everything for a period of time to see who’s loyal and who’s not loyal,” Trump says.
“You think certain people would be loyal no matter what,” he added. “And it turns out that they’re not.”
Will there be anybody loyal left in Trump’s inner circle by the time the orderly transition takes place?