As the threat of a second impeachment loomed, President Donald Trump acknowledged on Thursday that Joe Biden will be the next US president, a day after his supporters stormed the US Capitol in a stunning assault on American democracy as Congress was certifying Biden’s victory.
The statement was a stark reversal for Trump, who faced growing calls for his resignation or ouster following Wednesday’s assault. Trump has spent months insisting he prevailed in the Nov. 3 election due to widespread fraud, despite no evidence.
In pictures: Supporters of President Donald #Trump storm the #USCapitol building to stop Congress from certifying President-elect Joe Biden's— Al Arabiya English (@AlArabiya_Eng) January 7, 2021
election victory. Four people are dead and at least 52 others have been arrested as a result.#WashingtonDChttps://t.co/Fc0wGprDsd pic.twitter.com/zrbBmiBfti
The top Democrats in Congress, House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, called on Vice President Mike Pence and Trump’s Cabinet to use the US Constitution to remove Trump for “his incitement of insurrection.”