President Trump‘s Twitter suspension is over, and his first tweet is a video message of unity, peace and a promise the Capitol insurrectionists will be brought to justice. What a difference 36 hours makes.
In the video, shot at the White House, the President says he was outraged by the “violence, lawlessness and mayhem” seen Wednesday. Trump claims he “immediately” deployed the National Guard once the attack started — but there’s plenty of proof that just wasn’t the case.
The troops didn’t arrive until several hours after Senators and Representatives were forced to flee in fear for their lives.
Trump is now saying his only goal in challenging the election results was to ensure the integrity of the vote and defend American democracy. Of course, his words to his assembled crowd of followers yesterday were far more incendiary.
Interestingly, today’s message included a vow to punish those responsible for the attack — whom he softly refers to as “intruders” — but yesterday he said “we love you.”
Trump also verbalized, for the first time, what was essentially a concession … saying a new administration will be inaugurated on January 20 and his focus is on a smooth and orderly transition of power.
Finally, Trump wrapped it up, saying his single term as President was the honor of his lifetime, but added … “our incredible journey is only just beginning.”
Cliffhanger-ish, for sure.