It’s all over but the peaceful transition. – I told you in yesterday’s Thursday News Roundup that the Trump Administration was over after the riots at the Capitol Building. That made a bunch of people mad at me for pointing out reality – if you think the comments section around here yesterday was something to behold, you should have seen my email inbox – and that’s understandable. But President Donald Trump (I still never tire of typing those three glorious words) confirmed reality Thursday evening in a short video posted by his proxies on social media:
BREAKING: A statement from President Trump:
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) January 8, 2021
Here’s an excerpt from a story at DailyWire:
President Donald Trump acknowledged that the 2020 election is officially over in a video statement that he tweeted out late on Thursday where he also promised that those who broke laws yesterday during a riot at the nation’s capital would be criminally prosecuted.
“I’d like to begin by addressing the heinous attack on the United States Capitol,” Trump began. “Like all Americans, I am outraged by the violence, lawlessness, and mayhem. I immediately deployed the national guard and federal law enforcement to secure the building and expel the intruders. America is and must always be a nation of law and order. The demonstrators who infiltrated the Capitol have defiled the seat of American democracy. To those who engaged in the acts of violence and destruction, you do not represent our country, and to those who broke the law, you will pay.”
“We have just been through an intense election, and emotions are high,” he said. “But now tempers must be cooled and calm restored. We must get on with the business of America. My campaign vigorously pursued every legal avenue to contest the election results. My only goal was to ensure the integrity of the vote. In so doing, I was fighting to defend American democracy. I continue to strongly believe that we must reform our election laws to verify the identity and eligibility of all voters and to ensure faith and confidence in all future elections. Now, Congress has certified the results. A new administration will be inaugurated on January 20; my focus now turns to ensuring a smooth, orderly, and seamless transition of power. This moment calls for healing and reconciliation.”
“2020 has been a challenging time for our people,” he concluded. “A menacing pandemic has upended the lives of our citizens, isolated millions in their homes, damaged our economy, and claimed countless lives. Defeating this pandemic and rebuilding the greatest economy on earth will require all of us working together. It will require a renewed emphasis on the civic values of patriotism, faith, charity, community, and family. We must revitalize the sacred bonds of love and loyalty that bind us together as one national family. To the citizens of our country, serving as your president has been the honor of my lifetime, and to all of my wonderful supporters, I know you are disappointed, but I also want you to know that our incredible journey is only just beginning. Thank you, God bless you, and God bless America.”
We may never find out, but I think it’s fairly likely that Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Graham or some other Trump semi-ally in the Senate got on the phone with the President yesterday and told him that unless he issued a concession such as this and promised an orderly transition, there were at least 20 Republican votes in the Senate in favor of removing him from office in an impeachment process. Probably more.
The pre-existence of that many votes, along with the now-50 Democrat votes, would be more than enough to facilitate a very quick impeachment/removal process without holding any hearings, given that the House only requires a majority vote to impeach and the Democrats hold such a majority there. The Q people on Twitter are still out there trying to convince you all that Donald Trump will remain in the presidency past January 20, but that’s not going to happen, folks. There really aren’t any magic bullets in the world.
For those of you still clinging to this nonsense, I’d give you this advice: You can’t take action to solve problems in the real world when you live in a fantasy world.
The President conceded last night. The deed is done. Now let’s all get to work.
The President’s concession won’t stop the drums of resignation and impeachment from beating, though, even among nominal Republicans. – Witness this tweet from reliable RINO Andy McCarthy:
If there are 20 GOP senators who’d vote to impeach, POTUS should be negotiating resignation, because House is going to impeach. If I were Veep, I’d agree to pardon (there is an impeachable case on incitement, but not a criminal one). Biden would help country & himself endorsing.
— Andy McCarthy (@AndrewCMcCarthy) January 7, 2021
McCarthy, of course, is a member in good standing of the DC Swamp Rat class, the pretend Republicans who put up the pretense of trying to preserve the American Republic during GOP administrations, but who become ultra-malleable squishes whenever the Democrats regain power. No wonder he works for The National Review, which has become one of the reliable homes for such squishes over the past five years.
The only people who say there was an “attempted coup” on Wednesday are people who have no idea what a coup really is. – We have seen that description of Wednesday’s riot – which is what really took place – bandied around by politicians and corrupt media outlets like CNN, the Washington Post and the New York Times.
Here’s a great example from The New Yorker:
President Trump “inspired this attempted coup,” Senator Jeff Merkley said. “He essentially weaponized the debate.” https://t.co/sfCfkuWmw4
— The New Yorker (@NewYorker) January 8, 2021
Folks, if there had been an attempted coup, then when Trump authorized the activation of the National Guard, the Guard’s assignment would have been to arrest the members of congress who were cowering in their office closets, not to arrest and disperse the rioters. That is what an actual coup attempt by a sitting executive looks like.
But hey, everything you are told by the news media is a lie: Why should this be any different?
I’m just wondering what drug the other half of U.S. voters are addicted to:
Poll: Nearly half of U.S. voters believe public health officials have misrepresented pandemic data | Just The News https://t.co/PbVBcMySco
— John Solomon (@jsolomonReports) January 7, 2021
The Federalist’s Sean Davis knocks this one out of the park:
He's right. If yesterday's violence was caused by left-wingers, D.C.'s mayor would've ordered police to take a knee, corporations would've announced their support, and Biden's VP would've raised money to bail out anyone who accidentally got arrested. https://t.co/mP4afexeWI
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) January 7, 2021
Hey, at least it isn’t Andrew Cuomo. – In a preview of coming attractions, China Joe Potato Head Biden nominated Merrick Garland to be the next Attorney General of the United States:
I’m proud to nominate Judge Merrick Garland for Attorney General of the United States. pic.twitter.com/xBR5PAN2wH
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) January 8, 2021
Thus, Mr. Garland gets to be the Wing Man for a President who won’t remember who he is half the time. Should be fun.
But listen: Be glad it’s Garland and not Andrew Cuomo, who was also under consideration. If you think Cuomo has killed a lot of people while serving as Governor of New York, think about what he would have been capable of doing were he put in control of the FBI and the Department of Justice. Garland’s a Democrat, but he does have a reputation for fairness and actual adherence to the law from his years serving on the federal bench.
America dodged a bullet here.
So, on that cheery note…
That is all.
Today’s news moves at a faster pace than ever before. Whatfinger.com is the only real conservative alternative to Drudge. It’s the tool I use to help keep up with all the day’s events, and it should be your tool, too.