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President Donald Trump agreed to an “orderly transition” of power early Thursday morning after Congress voted to certify the results of the presidential election and declare Joe Biden the 46th president of the United States of America.
The president’s statement was posted by White House senior aide Dan Scavino because Trump’s social media accounts had been locked down, NBC News reports.
“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,” the statement read.
“I have always said we would continue our fight to ensure that only legal votes were counted,” he said. “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!”
Congress voted to confirm President-elect Joe Biden’s victory with a total of 306 electoral votes after a day in Washington that was marred by protesters storming the U.S. Capitol.
Vice President Mike Pence, who had announced he would not overturn the will of voters, confirmed the Biden victory around 3 a.m. Eastern Time.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called the breach of the Capitol a “failed insurrection,” adding that those who “tried to disrupt our democracy” had not succeeded.
“The United States and the Senate will not be intimidated,” he tweeted. “We are back at our posts. We will discharge our duty under the Constitution for our nation. And we are going to do it tonight.”
There was serious fallout from the political mayhem on Wednesday.
Sen. Kelly Loeffler, who is projected to lose her runoff in Georgia against the Rev. Raphael Warnock, was among the senators who said they’d changed their minds about challenging Biden’s win.
“When I arrived in Washington this morning, I fully intended to object to the certification of the electoral votes,” Loeffler said in remarks from the Senate floor. “However, the events that have transpired today have forced me to reconsider and I cannot now, in good conscience, object.”
Tennessee GOP Sen. Marsha Blackburn also announced she would vote to certify the results.
South Dakota GOP Sen. Mike Rounds told reporters it was probably one of the saddest days he had experienced as an elected official.
“What normally would have been a tradition in the step towards the peaceful transition of power from one administration to another was marred by violence, thugs, misinformation and clearly should never have happened in the first place,” he said.