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January 6th is history already. It will go down and be told as a dark page for the most important nation in the world. The look and the signs of the event were fixed in the minds of the population pointing directly to the main responsible for the institutional crisis: Donald Trump, President of the United States. The wound, which in large part he himself caused – beyond the media persecution of him and the polarization of democracy it caused- was cauterized by this very same president in a message that will go down in history.
It was Trump himself who was in charge of shaping a unified and clear message: “the demonstrators who infiltrated the Capitol have desecrated the seat of American democracy,” in a direct condemnation of hundreds of his followers who believed in the accusations of electoral fraud.
This is another episode where institutions prevail over any character or politician, and it important that it was Trump himself who recognized this by committing, definitively, to leave the presidency not without first ensuring an orderly transition of power.
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The president also hinted that he would continue to be involved in politics: “I know you are disappointed (by the election results), but this adventure has just begun.” The tone of the video was much harsher than the one published and censored by Twitter and Facebook on Wednesday afternoon.
The United States, a nation of law and order
Another phrase expressed by Trump in the video is that “America is and always will be a nation based on law and order.”
At the same time, he was harsh in condemning those who entered and violated the sacred institution that houses both chambers of Congress: “To those who commit acts of violence and destruction, I say that you do not represent our country; and to those who broke the law, you will pay.”
Trump, who until Wednesday refused to recognize Biden’s victory, said in the video that he will now focus on ensuring an orderly transition:
“A new administration will take office on January 20. I will now focus on ensuring an smooth, orderly and seamless transition.”
Main reactions to Trump’s message
The most virulently anti-Trump media denounced the message as political opportunism. Those closest to the president, despite the fact that it is clearly a message that took a long time to get to, value the effort to outline words that will help heal a wound that is still open.
In the last few hours, Democratic leaders from the most radical wing, such as Speaker of the House Nancy and socialist Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have promoted the idea of removing Trump from office for “not being fit.”
All this without considering the consequences it could have on Trump’s millions of supporters who feel cheated because of the widespread allegations of voter fraud.
Trump’s historic message, both in character, timing, and content, will go down in history as too little, too late. But this will not make it any less important, since it is the confirmation that U.S. institutions, in spite of everything, still stand.
History and the inexorable judge that is time will evaluate the presidency of the outsider who broke into American politics against all odds. The same one who, as it seems, still has aspirations to fight for. That will become known as months go by.