Eschewing a traditional prime-time address to say goodbye to the nation, President Donald Trump released a 20-minute prerecorded message to the nation on the eve of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.
Mr. Trump did not acknowledge Biden’s victory in the 2020 election until after the January 6 riots at the US Capitol. Five people died amid the violence after a mob of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol in an attempt to disrupt the counting of Electoral College votes. For two months, the President continuously claimed the election was stolen from him, which was disputed by dozens of judges, some of whom appointed by him.
Mr. Trump decried the violence caused by his supporters during his address on Tuesday: “All Americans were horrified by the assault on our Capitol. Political violence is an attack on everything we cherish as Americans. It can never be tolerated.”
Mr. Trump boasted about his administration’s accomplishments during his address: “Now, as I prepare to hand power over to a new administration at noon on Wednesday, I want you to know that the movement we started is only just beginning."
Meanwhile, Mr. Trump is expected to release a list of presidential pardons on Tuesday.