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Trump calls for peaceful transition of power


President Donald Trump addresses a rally outside the White House on Wednesday. Associated Press/Photo by Jacquelyn Martin

Trump calls for peaceful transition of power

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.


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.

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)

Tim Miller

and me.

Tim Miller

“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."

KeithT

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.

Nanamiro

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.