Even before the 2020 election, when Donald Trump was questioned about a peaceful transfer of power to the next administration, he was unable to promise such a seemingly simple act. Now, he’s lashing out at President Joe Biden for his address on the anniversary of the January 6th attack, and accusing Biden of being the one who tried to prevent a peaceful transfer of power.
In 2020, Donald Trump was asked numerous times about a peaceful transfer of power at the end of his term, and routinely refused to promise it, even saying once that if Joe Biden won there would be no transfer of power. His supporters attempted to make that statement fact as they descended on the Capitol Building with weapons and body armor, shouting threats on the lives of legislators.
Now Trump is reversing the narrative, as he’s done numerous times over the past year, claiming that it was Joe Biden and Democrats who tried to prevent a peaceful transfer of power.
Statement from former President Donald Trump. pic.twitter.com/7ws9TkUcym
— CSPAN (@cspan) January 6, 2022
To watch Biden speaking is very hurtful to many people. They’re the ones who tried to stop the peaceful transfer with a rigged election.
Trump does not at all address that he spoke of preventing the peaceful transfer of power even before election day, instead going on to reiterate the top grievance that he harped on throughout his presidency: the false claim that the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election was a “web of lies.” Then he turns back to election disinformation, reiterating the oft-repeated claim that amounts to no more than just asserting that Biden couldn’t possibly have gotten so much support.
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