I’ve had a chance to better digest what happened in Washington D.C. on Wednesday. Here’s my biggest takeaway.
At the end of the day, democracy won. What Congress met to do, it did. It certified the Electoral College vote.
It was messy. It was horrible. It was deadly. But… it got done.
The fallout is great. The President is now acknowledging a new administration will take over—but he is not conceding. He never will.
Part of his statement: “A new administration will be inaugurated on January 20th. My focus now turns to ensuring a smooth, orderly and seamless transition of power. This moment calls for healing and reconciliation.”
I personally believe the President knows he went too far this time. His rhetoric caused this. He stirred up an angry mob. We see the results. He does, too.
Some cabinet members are jumping ship. I thought Education Secretary Betsy DeVos would be the last out of the building. Not the case. She stepped up.
CNN got a copy of her resignation letter to the President. She writes in part: “There is no mistaking the impact your rhetoric had on the situation, and it is the inflection point for me.” She adds, “Impressionable children are watching all of this, and they are learning from this.”
What happens to President Trump next? Removed from office? Impeached again? Fox’s Chris Wallace told us on TV that while both options are on the table, both seem doubtful at this point. Unless, he says, President Trump does something else outrageous. Let’s hope not.
Does anything good come from this? Joe Biden came through. He came across as presidential. Angry when he needed to be. Calming when he needed to be. I can’t wait to get him in office.
He’s got a full plate. Cleaning up this mess, surging Covid numbers, the economy, and 140,000 jobs lost in December alone. We haven’t seen numbers like that since the beginning of the pandemic.
The world is watching us. We showed ‘em. It looked bad for a few hours. Then, democracy prevailed. At the end of the day, we did what we do best.
I’m ending a rough week with a little hope.