Donald Trump is forgiving. In a video message, the US President condemned the unrest at the Capitol and promised his successor a smooth transition.
One day after the violent storming of the US Capitol, the elected US President Donald Trump was “outraged” by the rampage of his supporters. In a short video speech on Thursday he called on the country to “reconcile” and a process of “healing”.
Shortly before, Trump’s spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany had already stated that the president condemned the riot of his supporters at the seat of the US Congress “in the strongest possible way”. “The violence we witnessed at the Capitol yesterday was horrific, reprehensible and contrary to American values,” she said.
Elected president promises a smooth transition
On Thursday night, after temporarily suspending its session because of the rioting, Congress formally confirmed Democrat Joe Biden’s victory in the November presidential election. Trump now also promised in his video message a “smooth, orderly and seamless” transition to the “new government”.
Trump supporters entered the Capitol by force on Wednesday. Five people died in the riot. The elected president had previously incited his supporters at a demonstration in Washington by repeating his completely unsubstantiated claim that there had been massive fraud in the presidential election in November.
Democrats demand Trump’s impeachment
Shortly before the Trump video was released, leading Democrats in Congress had called for the Republican to be removed immediately because of the Trump-instigated uprising at the Capitol. House Chairwoman Nancy Pelosi and Senate Supreme Democrat Chuck Schumer called on incumbent US Vice President Mike Pence and cabinet members to seek an impeachment based on Amendment 25 of the US Constitution.
This article permits the President to be declared incapable of “exercising the rights and duties of office”. Such a statement would have to be made by Vice President Mike Pence and a majority of key cabinet members. You would then have to inform Congress of this. The president could appeal, which could in turn be overruled. Then it would be the turn of the Congress. Pence would be acting president until a decision is made there.
In parliament, the two-thirds majorities required in both chambers for Trump’s impeachment are not foreseeable. But the congress would have 21 days to vote – until after Biden was sworn in on January 20.