By Chika Otuchikere
After weeks of obstinate rejection of the United States of America (USA) November 2020 presidential election results, outgoing US President Donald Trump on Thursday threw in the towel shortly after the US Congress formally certified Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’ as winners in that elections.
Although he stood his ground on his claim of electoral malpractice, outgoing President Trump affirmed that there will be “an orderly transition” to Biden’s presidency on January 20.
Trump released a statement shortly after the US Congress declared its verdict; “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 20th January.
“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”.
His statement is an indication that he may return in the 2024 US election campaign.
Biden and Harris won a record number of popular votes, more than 80 million and earned as many as 306 Electoral College votes in the Presidential elections held on November 3.
Following the outcome of the election, Trump did not accept defeat and maintained that there was a massive fraud in the electoral conduct.
With President Trump conceding defeat, Biden, 78, and Harris, 56, will be sworn in as the President and Vice President of the country on January 20. Meanwhile, with the raging COVID-19 pandemic, the inauguration will not be as grand as previous ones.
The joint Session of the Congress formal certification came in the early hours of Thursday. The Congress resumed its meeting late Wednesday night after thousands of pro-Trump protesters stormed the Capitol Hill in Washington DC and attempted to disrupt the session.
The invasion of the Capitol Hill by the Trump supporters led to the death of at least four people while many were left with injury.
Enraged Republicans and Cabinet officials called for the impeachment of President Trump, who initially spurred his supporters to head to the Capitol, claiming that the President was attempting a “coup”.
Twitter did not spare Trump for using its platform to incite his supporters to violence. They locked Trump’s account for 12 hours “for repeated and severe violations” and threatened to permanently suspend his account if he violates more policies in the future.
“As a result of the unprecedented and ongoing violent situation in Washington, D.C., we have required the removal of three @realDonaldTrump. Tweets that were posted earlier today for repeated and severe violations of our Civic Integrity policy,” the Twitter Safety account tweeted on Wednesday. “This means that the account of @realDonaldTrump will be locked for 12 hours following the removal of these Tweets. If the Tweets are not removed, the account will remain locked” Twitter stated.