Thursday, January 07, 2021
With thirteen days left in his presidency, growing calls for his impeachment, and top members of his own cabinet discussing the possibility of invoking the 25th amendment, Donald Trump just released a video that amounts to a de-facto concession that he lost the election. In the course of the address Trump also denounced his own supporters whom a day earlier he had incited to attack the nation's capitol in an effort to prevent the certification of the election and threatened them with criminal prosecution. All of which said, he also called for national unity and said he would devote what remains of his time in office to ensuring an orderly transition.
Meanwhile a Capitol Police officer has died from injuries sustained during Mr. Trump's attack on the Congress.
Note: The above report appears to have been premature. The Capitol Police have issued a statement denying the report's accuracy and the media outlet has retracted it. Sadly, multiple sources are reporting that an officer is on life support and is not expected to survive.
Update II: The officer on life support has died. See the comments. President Trump, to no ones surprise, has confirmed that he will not attend the inauguration. Vice-President Pence is thought to be favoring attending. The AP is claiming Trump will be the first president since Andrew Johnson not to attend his successor's swearing in. They are wrong. Presidents Wilson was too ill to go to Mr. Harding's inauguration in 1921 and Mr. Nixon left the White House about an hour before Mr. Ford was sworn in.