President Donald Trump issued a statement through White House Deputy Chief of Staff Dan Scavino in response to the electoral certification.
The President is currently banned from Twitter and Facebook after he called for peace.
“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,” President Trump said in a statement through Scavino. “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!”
President Donald Trump said early Thursday that he was willing to allow an “orderly transition” of power, just minutes after Congress formally confirmed the election of Joe Biden as president.
A statement from the president on Twitter via Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications Dan Scavino repeated baseless claims of widespread voter fraud, but included the reversal.
“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 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 followed dramatic scenes on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, with pro-Trump supporters storming the building, forcing a lockdown and lawmakers to seek shelter.
Overnight, Congress reconvened and formally confirmed the election of Biden. The affirmation came after the House of Representatives and the Senate, in two separate votes in both chambers, overwhelmingly rejected efforts by some Republicans to object to the acceptance of Electoral College wins for Biden in Arizona and Pennsylvania.
Biden, a Democrat, and his running mate, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, hit 306 votes in the Electoral College, 36 more than needed to secure a White House victory. Trump, a Republican, received 232 votes.
President Trump isn’t the only one who has vowed to continue his fight. During the “Save America” rally in Washington D.C., former New York City mayor and President Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani unleashed as he repeated his claims of election fraud.
“If we are wrong we will be made fools of but if we’re right, a lot of them will go to jail. So let’s have trial by combat,” he said to the crowd. “I’m willing to stake my reputation. The president is willing to stake his reputation on the fact that we’re going to find criminality there.”
Giuliani said that the president’s legal team was not allowed to look at any of the paper ballots or examine any of the voting machines in the 2020 election, as they contested the election and accused Democrats of hiding evidence.
“Who hides evidence? Criminals hide evidence,” Giuliani said. “Not honest people.”
Giuliani claimed there were “fraudulent” ballots and “crooked” voting machines in certain swing states in the 2020 election that delivered a victory for President-elect Joe Biden.
He argued that it was “perfectly appropriate” for Vice President Mike Pence to challenge the electoral voting certification from questionable counts in select swing states for an additional ten days for an examination of fraud.
“We now have letters from five legislatures begging him to do that,” Giuliani said.
Giuliani continued by vowing to continue his fight against the Democrats.
“This has been a year in which they have invaded our freedom of speech, our freedom of religion, our freedom to move, our freedom to live, I’ll be darned if they’re going to take our free and fair vote,” he said. “We’re going to fight to the very end to make sure that doesn’t happen.”
“I know how you get ridiculed, I know how they try to take jobs away from you,” Giuliani added. “But you look in the mirror every night and you say to yourself, ‘I’m doing the right thing for myself, for my family for my children, and most importantly for the United States of America.”