At the end of the Wednesday afternoon, President Donald Trump made history once again. For his role in inciting the bloody pro-Trump riot last Wednesday on the U.S. Capitol, the House of Representatives voted that president’s impeachment for the second time in about a year, making Trump the only president in the U.S. American history to be impeached twice.
But for all the historic weight of the day, Trump’s White House has remained rather calm, drained of its energy and much of its staff. The President walked in and out of the Oval Office, watched the impeachment process on television, and found time to award the country singer a medal. Toby Keith. But by the time the sun fell on Washington, the president had not yet made a public appearance or emerged to hurl insults at reporters at the scene. He couldn’t be raging on Twitter about the latest indictment or the Capitol Hill Republicans who had accompanied it, as Twitter had already taken to his Twitter. And its staff were a bullet compared to what they were just over a week ago, following a string of high-profile resignations from the administration last week and a sharp drop in the morale in the building since the riot and the death toll. Some senior West Wing officials, including White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, have spent the past few days keeping their distance from Trump, as various advisers experience the last moments of the era in trying to avoid triggering the president’s temper or making things worse, one way or another.
As photographers, reporters and staff gathered at the White House, the president was cordoned off by his aides, out of sight of the press. Even for Trump’s Arts and Wellness Medal Ceremony in the East Room, cameras were off limits. A US Navy that kept appearing, then disappearing, at the entrance to the West Wing on several occasions. It was practically the only indicator of location. (The Marine usually stands guard at these doors when the President is in the Oval Office.)
And all around Trump and much of the city, signs were clear that life would go on without him, as an abundant law enforcement and military presence moved into the neighborhood in an attempt to contain any political chaos or violence that may occur during Joe Biden’s inauguration week.
“Today was a calm day [in part] because that’s what everyone wants, ”said the senior White House official. “If we can keep things quiet and event-free between now and the Biden [inauguration] it is a victory.
According to three people familiar with the situation and a senior White House official, hardly anyone has a fight in them anymore; there’s less than a week left before Democratic President-elect Biden takes over, and most senior administration officials are simply running out of time. While Trump demands that Senate Republicans not break up with him on this matter and argue privately that those who do will live to regret it, there is nothing in place with respect to the infrastructure or network. establishments he enjoyed the last time he was dismissed.
Two sources familiar with the matter said in recent days Trump continued to speak behind closed doors about the Dominion’s voting machine conspiracy theories and how he won in a landslide and therefore Biden was a president. illegitimate. (None of the president’s claims in this regard are true.) The president also said he will now make the polite public statements his staff have drafted for him about a “smooth” transfer of power, but that he repeatedly – sometimes unanswered. – excluded from making statements that Biden won, stressing that he will “never” admit such a thing. Biden’s decisive victory in 2020 is “bullshit,” Trump added, that “everyone” knows is fiction.
“Biden’s decisive victory in 2020 is “ bullshit, ” Trump added, that “ everyone ” knows is fiction.“
Once again, Biden clearly won the election and there were no massive electoral fraud plots that Trump, his lawyers and the Republican heavyweights have been lying about for months.
When the Trump-Ukraine impeachment process and trial took place a year ago, the entire vast machinery of the GOP and the Trump team was calibrated wall to wall to subject their leader to heavy interference. and try to present the process as a liberal witch. hunt, waste of time and joke. This year, no one laughed. With the handful of GOP lawmakers who joined Democratic members on Wednesday, there were far fewer prominent Republicans who were willing to fight publicly this time around for the Trump brand. Sen. Mitch McConnell, the future former Senate Majority Leader and former key Trump ally and longtime Hill facilitator, would not even officially commit to voting to acquit in an impeachment trial. Senate.
On Wednesday night, Trump and his followers were reduced to using a generic Twitter video to defend themselves. While filming it, however, they made sure to leave crucial details on the cutting room floor.
Shortly after 6 p.m., the White House posted on its official Twitter account a pre-recorded video of about five minutes of Trump, in which the president did not mention the impeachment, nor did he acknowledge that he clearly lost. the 2020 presidential election. Trump has said he “unequivocally” condemns “the violence we saw last week.”
In the video, the outgoing president claimed that “none of my true supporters could ever endorse political violence,” while many clearly have and are doing so. He said that “none of my true supporters could ever disrespect law enforcement,” after a large crowd of his super-fans had just carried out a riot last week that killed an officer. of the Capitol Police. Trump insisted that none of his supporters would “threaten or harass fellow Americans,” as several powerful Republicans on Capitol Hill spent the week whispering to each other that they did not want to vote to largely impeach the president because they feared it would. get Trump loyalists to try and kill their families.
The president also played the card on both sides, denouncing the “too many riots, too many crowds” since the summer and the wave of mass Black Lives Matter protests, and he reiterated his earlier statement calling for a lifting of violence and vandalism during Biden’s Inauguration next week so that “the transition can be done safely and without incident”.
Trump also claimed he was “shocked and deeply saddened” by the Capitol “calamity” last Wednesday, and insisted that the American people “will overcome this challenge”, without admitting that he specifically caused the disaster and crisis.
The president, fresh out of his social media bans and Twitter confiscation, made sure to dig into the supposed “assault” on “free speech” and the “cancellation” culture that irritated him so much during his finale days before the start of the Biden era.