Saturday, January 23, 2021

Trump agrees for smooth transition after riots

Washington (DC): President Donald Trump has pledged orderly transition after the Congress reaffirmed Biden’s win.  Trump earlier had sent National Guards to Capitol Hill where his supporters were creating riots by storming the epicenter of American democracy. President – elect Joe Biden said “democracy is under unprecedented assault.” Vice President Mike Pence had taken the lead in convincing his president to agree for orderly transition. 

Four living former presidents condemn

The American Congress, after electoral count, finalized Biden’s win. In the melee caused by Trump’s supporters, four persons were killed. The four surviving Presidents – Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, George Bush, Barrack Obama – have derided the breach of peace on the Capitol Hill. Social media was asked not to give publicity to the unsavory events that took place on the Hill.

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Trump provokes

President Trump has provoked his supporters to create a ruckus on the Capital Hill by occupying the House and the Senate.  They  were asked by their leader to challenge the Presidential elections as part of his futile attempt to cling to power as the Congress took up the certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory. It was an important ritual in American democracy and it was left in tatter because of hooliganism indulged in by Trump’s supporters.

Trump supporters create ruckus

Trump spoke at the Ellipse Wednesday morning promising to go with them to Capitol Hill to protest against the deceit in the elections. “If you don’t fight like hell, you’re not going to have a country anymore,” Trump said. “Let the weak ones get out. This is time for strength,” he added.  But he was not there with his crowd which made ugly scenes and unruly  noise with incendiary rhetoric.  Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, told the crowd, “Let us have trial by combat.” Thousands of supporters followed Trump’s line by mocking at the leaders of the democratic institution.  Some climbed the walls of the building from outside. House Speaker Nansi Pelosi’s office was ransacked and people got photographed sitting in her chair. Another  person sitting on the same seat Vice President Mike Pence  had occupied minutes before participating in the proceeding of certification were photographed.

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Georgia run-offs break records

In electing African American pastor Raphael Warnock in run-off, Georgia chose first black Senator from Georgia  since 2000. “Whether you voted for me or not-know this: I see you, I hear you and I will fight for you,” Warnock said in a TV interview after his victory. Jon Ossoff won the second race and gave majority to the Democrats in the Senate. Trump’s attempt to overthrow the results of the Presidential elections can be said to have been rejected by the voters in Georgia who turned out in large numbers.

Jon, Youngest Senator after Biden in 1973

Jon Ossoff is the youngest senator after Joe Biden in 1973. He raised $106.8 million in two months. It is also a record to celebrate. He gave the democrats the cutting edge in the Senate. Because of this, as Democrats had promised  in their campaign, all eligible Americans would be getting $2,000 in coronavirus aid- up from the current $600. “If you send Jon and the Reverend to Washington, those $2,000 checks will go out the door,” Biden had said while campaigning in Georgia on Monday.

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Biden will have more leeway

In the 117th Congress convened on Monday, the new president will have a more leeway in terms of policy making because of the edge Job Ossoff and Warnock gave to the Democratic party. Both Obama and Trump had to rely on executive orders when they failed to get the approval of the Senate. But important legislations require 60 senators backing instead of 51, the figure enjoyed by the Democrats now after Georgia results.  

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