As of 3:45 a.m. in the nation’s capital, the Electoral College votes have been cast, Joe Biden has been certified, and Donald Trump has now conceded while also vowing to continue the fight.
“Even though I totally disagree with the outcome of the election, and the facts bear me out, nevertheless, there will be an orderly transition on January 20th. I have always said we would continue our fight to ensure that only legal votes were counted,” Trump said in a statement.
“While this represents the end of the greatest first term in presidential history, it’s only the beginning of our fight to Make America Great Again!” he remarked.
The president was unable to post the message on his personal Twitter account, which was locked by the social media company as the protests escalated.
The joint session to tally the votes was interrupted by protestors who stormed the Capitol, leading to the extended session. Objections were filed for Arizona and Pennsylvania but ultimately ended up being voted down. The final election totals were 306 electoral votes for Joe Biden and 232 for Donald Trump.
Thursday morning, Mick Mulvaney, President Trump’s former chief of staff, in an interview on CNBC said that he has resigned as special U.S. envoy to Ireland following the events at the Capitol.
“I called [Secretary of State] Mike Pompeo last night to let him know I was resigning from that. I can’t do it. I can’t stay,” Mulvaney said in an interview on “Squawk Box.”
“We didn’t sign up for what you saw last night,” Mulvaney remarked. “We signed up for making America great again, we signed up for lower taxes and less regulation. The president has a long list of successes that we can be proud of. But all of that went away yesterday, and I think you’re right to ask the question as to ‘how did it happen?’”
There have been reports out of Washington that Mulvaney may be the first of a number of resignations in the coming days.