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Trump calls for peaceful transition of power

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 1/08/21, 07:03 am

In his first tweet since Twitter suspended his account as his supporters rioted in the Capitol, President Donald Trump acknowledged his presidency would end in 13 days. In a recorded speech, he urged Americans to work together to reform elections, end the pandemic, and restore the economy. Earlier in the day, Democratic leaders in Congress called for Vice President Mike Pence and the Cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment to end Trump’s term early. Many lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have accused Trump of inciting his supporters to violence on Wednesday. Facebook and Instagram have banned the president from the platform at least until Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20.

How are things winding down in the administration? Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao became the first Cabinet member to resign on Thursday in protest of the chaos the day before. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos quit later in the day. Several other staff in the White House also stepped down. Trump’s former acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, resigned on Wednesday from his post as special envoy to Northern Ireland. “I can’t do it. I can’t stay,” he told CNBC. “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.”

Dig deeper: Read Emily Belz’s report about the breach at the Capitol and how lawmakers responded.

Editor’s note: WORLD has updated this report since its initial posting.


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Rachel Lynn Aldrich

Rachel is an assistant editor for WORLD Digital. She is a Patrick Henry College and World Journalism Institute graduate. Rachel resides with her husband in Wheaton, Ill.

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  • HANNAH.
    Posted: Thu, 01/07/2021 05:34 pm

    We need to pray especially for Vice President Mike Pence. As I have said elsewhere, I believe that (1) the events of January 6 were carefully orchestrated for a false narrative; (2) our nation is going down a dark road, and we must be prepared to suffer greatly in the manner of Habakkuk; and (3) Mike Pence has provided an example of how to travel that dark road with the light of Almighty God. Mike Pence’s Letter to Congress – READ IN FULL - Liberty Nation

  • HANNAH.
    Posted: Fri, 01/08/2021 08:13 am

    I believe that (4) the primary reason for the resignations in President Trump’s administration is this: A desire to have no part in the transition of the government to Joe Biden’s handlers.

  • HANNAH.
    Posted: Fri, 01/08/2021 11:35 pm

    A song of hope, based on the response of three Jewish young men who refused to bow before the Babylonian idol: They were threatened with fire, but they trusted in Almighty God, “even if …” (as reported in the book of Daniel) MercyMe - Even If (Official Lyric Video) - YouTube

  • Nanamiro
    Posted: Thu, 01/07/2021 09:27 pm

    I really believe America is lost. When big media/tech/education/hollywood can tolerate 6 months of anarchy, violence, murder, assault, theft, harassment all over the country (in fact, most helped incite it) in the name of anti-America-hate, then sees an angry mob, who likely believes in  America's imminent demise if leftists get what they want, storm the US Capitol, then suddenly are concerned about violence and anarchy, we have lost all sense of reality. Four years of Trump-hate by the elites, endless conspiracy theories, lies, slanders, witch-hunts-I'm just not suprised some Americans have had enough. This is what happens when there is no attempt at civility or tolerance.

     

     

  • KeithT
    Posted: Fri, 01/08/2021 06:13 am

    To Nanamiro,

    Do you realize that in writing "This is what happens when..." you in effect justified violent rioting and destruction of public property in response to having been treated unfairly. 

    Of first priority, how is this a biblical response to being "slapped in the face" no matter how many times or by whom?

    That said, do you realize that you just gave a justification for the violent rioting and destruction of public property by African Americans who have endured not four but four HUNDRED years of not only hate, conspiracy theories, lies, slanders, and witch hunts, but also subjugation and widespread race-inspred, race-justified murder?

    Hmm.

  • TIM MILLER
    Posted: Fri, 01/08/2021 08:54 am

    “Nothing more surely makes manifest a man’s spiritual blindness and deadness and hardness of heart than this hiding behind others and confessing their faults instead of his own, and nothing will more surely confirm him in his blindness and sin. It is a deadly kind of hypocrisy. It is an endeavor to shift on to others responsibility for a man’s own evil heart and life, and it can meet only with God’s displeasure.” – Samuel Logan Brengle

    Let's guard against blaming others for the actions on our side. Repentance and humility should be our order of the day. "Let judgment begin at the house of God."

  • not silent
    Posted: Fri, 01/08/2021 09:16 am

    Thanks to Tim Miller for the reminder that repentance starts with me.

  • TIM MILLER
    Posted: Fri, 01/08/2021 09:21 am

    and me.

  • GC
    Posted: Fri, 01/08/2021 06:16 pm

    Tim Miller and not silent, Amen!

     

  • Nanamiro
    Posted: Fri, 01/08/2021 12:07 pm

    KeithT- I most certainly am not justifying violence and anarchy. I am mearly saying that humans are sinful, and they can act irrationally when provoked. So, it does not suprise me that this happened at the Capitol. The people storming the Capitol were not necessarily Christians and I therefore don't expect them to respond to being "slapped in the face" the way a Christian should. This is why the intense bias in our media, education system and hollywood is so dangerous. Not all conservatives are Christians, and not all Christians are going to do the right thing.

    And a good deal of the violence, burning and destrution done in the name of "anti-racism" over the last 6 months, praised or at least not condemned by elites everywhere, was done by whites. The way you wrote that second paragraph makes it appear that you are justifying violence and destruction by black Americans for "having been treated unfairly". Hmm.

  • HANNAH.
    Posted: Sat, 01/09/2021 12:42 am

    A message from President Trump: “As I have been saying for a long time, Twitter has gone further and further in banning free speech, and tonight, Twitter employees have coordinated with the Democrats and the Radical Left in removing my account from their platform, to silence me—and YOU, the 75,000,000 great patriots who voted for me,” Trump said in a statement. 

    “Twitter may be a private company, but without the government’s gift of Section 230 they would not exist for long,” he added. 

    “I predicted this would happen. We have been negotiating with various other sites, and will have a big announcement soon, while we also look at the possibilities of building out our own platform in the near future. We will not be SILENCED!” he said.

    “Twitter is not about FREE SPEECH. They are all about promoting a Radical Left platform where some of the most vicious people in the world are allowed to speak freely,” Trump continued. “STAY TUNED!”

    The statement came from the account @POTUS but the Twitter posts were gone within a few minutes. As reported by The Epoch Times Trump Responds to Twitter’s Permanent Account Suspension (theepochtimes.com)

  • JK
    Posted: Sat, 01/09/2021 07:30 pm

    So much could have been avoided if he'd just done this on the first day, when he had nothing to go on but hurt feelings, or a month ago, when his own officials and his party's own election watchdogs told him there was no evidence of fraud, or even two weeks ago, when votes were certified. But no, he had to keep ranting about claims that weren't holding up anywhere.  And now he's brought to what he should have done back at the start of November.

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