A Troubling Transition into the New Presidency


Leivis Baez

The United States faces an unprecedented crisis going into 2021. On January 6, 2021, the U.S Capitol was stormed by a turbulent mob of Trump rioters who sabotaged and vandalized much of the Capitol’s internal inventory 

A chilling statement of “WE WILL NOT BACK DOWN,” was left behind on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s desk by one of the rioters along with a Gadsen flag with the phrase, “Don’t Tread On Me,” that was found on top of shattered glass. 

On Thursday night, President Trump, facing furor over the Capitol siege, released a video message acknowledging Joe Biden as the next president and promising a smooth transition to power.

“A new administration will be inaugurated on Jan. 20. My focus now turns to ensuring a smooth, orderly and seamless transition of power,” Trump said in a video message posted on Twitter, adding, “Serving as your president has been the honor of my lifetime.”

In the video, Trump also denounced the attack on the Capitol.

“Like all Americans, I am outraged by the violence, lawlessness, and mayhem,” Trump said in the video. Adding, “demonstrators who infiltrated the capitol have defiled the seat of American democracy.”

He has also called for those involved in the destruction of the Capitol to be penalized.

“To those who engaged in the acts of violence and destruction, you do not represent our country,” he said. “And to those who broke the law, you will pay.”

His provoking words and lack of immediate response to the uprising has led to much trouble. Because of his vulgar and deliberate actions, Trump may face a possible impeachment trial from members of the House, again. House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi has threatened to impeach Trump if he does not resign immediately.

Mitch McConnell, senate majority leader of the GOP, plans to circulate procedures to impeach Trump. 

Other Republican Senators such as Lisa Murkowski and Pat Toomy have also called for Trump’s removal from office. 

Big tech companies have also decided to take action against the president given the recent events.

“After close review of recent tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence,” a statement made by Twitter on January 8. 

Other major social media took a similar approach to the incident and have permanently  banned Trump’s accounts. 

Very recently Google has removed the conservative friendly Parler app from their Google Play Store. Apple and Amazon have followed suit.