Trump promises ‘orderly transition’ as Biden win confirmed hours after deadly riot

Donald Trump has said there will be an “orderly transition” after the US Congress certified Joe Biden’s win in the presidential election.

His announcement came hours after deadly protests erupted in Washington DC – and just minutes after Congress formally validated Mr Biden’s November victory, certifying his 306 Electoral College votes.

“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 unswerving outgoing president said.

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How chaos unfolded at the Capitol

“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!”

The statement was posted on Twitter by Mr Trump’s deputy chief of staff Dan Scavino, after the president was locked out of his social media accounts.

Police confront supporters of President Donald Trump inside the Capitol building
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A supporter of President Donald Trump confronts police as Trump supporters demonstrate on the second floor of the U.S. Capitol near the entrance to the Senate after breaching security defenses, in Washington, U.S., January 6, 2021. REUTERS/Mike Theiler

Twitter and Facebook also removed several posts by the president deemed to incite violence and others which made false claims about the election result and praised his supporters for the march in Washington DC to protest against his defeat.

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It ended with dramatic scenes, which saw the storming of the Capitol building by protesters to disrupt Congress’s formal confirmation of Mr Biden’s win, and the deaths of four people.

U.S. Capitol Police with guns drawn stand near a barricaded door as protesters try to break into the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
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Riot police clash with protesters outside Capitol building
Image:Riot police clashed with protesters outside the Capitol building

Images showed security forces with their guns drawn inside the chamber, and politicians scrambling to take gas masks from beneath their seats as they were ordered to drop to the floor for their safety.

Trump supporter and US Air Force veteran Ashli Babbitt died after being shot by a plain-clothed police officer as protesters attempted to enter the House Chamber where lawmakers were working to confirm the Electoral College votes.

Another three people died during the violence from “medical emergencies” and a curfew ordered across the city.

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Senate chaplain: ‘Words matter’

The FBI disarmed two suspected explosive devices in the capital as rioters flooded the streets and breached barricades, including one which resembled a pipe bomb.

The rioting was preceded by a rally in which Mr Trump told thousands of supporters, including members of far-right groups: “All of us here today do not want to see our election victory stolen by emboldened radical Democrats.

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Trump refuses to concede election result

“We will never give up. We will never concede. It will never happen. You don’t concede when there’s theft involved. Our country has had enough. We will not take it anymore.”

He said the outcome of the election was an “egregious assault on our democracy” and they should “walk down to the Capitol”.

What started as a peaceful protest to overturn the election and prevent Mr Biden taking office from 20 January, turned violent, as the president’s supporters attacked the Capitol building and clashed with police.

President-elect Biden condemned the violence and called on Mr Trump go on national television to “demand an end to this siege”.

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Biden: ‘Siege’ in the Capitol ‘must end now’

“This is not dissent. It’s disorder. It’s chaos. It borders on sedition and it must end now,” Mr Biden said.

“I call on this mob to pull back and allow the work of democracy to go forward.”

He tweeted: “Today is a reminder, a painful one, that democracy is fragile. To preserve it requires people of good will, leaders with the courage to stand up, who are devoted not to pursuit of power and personal interest at any cost, but to the common good.”

Following Mr Biden’s appeal, the president released a video repeating his unfounded claims about a “fraudulent election”, but told his supporters to “go home in peace”.

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Moment woman shot by police inside Capitol

The uprising – two weeks before Mr Biden’s inauguration – has prompted concerns about further violence and questions have been asked about Mr Trump’s role in the events amid accusations he incited the violence.

There have been calls by several Democrats for Vice President Mike Pence and other members of Mr Trump’s cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove the president from office, while Ilhan Omar, a Minnesota Democratic congresswoman, has said she is drawing up articles of impeachment.

“We can’t allow him to remain in office, it’s a matter of preserving our Republic,” she tweeted.

Meanwhile, Democrat candidates won both run-off senate races in the state of Georgia, giving the party control of the Senate and House.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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