Donald Trump vows ‘orderly transition’ as Congress confirms Joe Biden win

Donald Trump vows ‘orderly transition’ as Congress confirms Joe Biden win. By Anne Barrowclough in The Australian.

Donald Trump has vowed there would be an “orderly transition” of power on January 20. In a statement, Mr Trump said: “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. 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.” …

Congress has just affirmed Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory over Donald Trump. …

The Senate and House rejected objections to throw out Georgia and Pennsylvania’s electoral votes for Mr Biden. … The Senate voted 92 to 7 against the effort to discount Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes and the House followed suit, albeit with more than 130 Republicans supporting the decertification bid. …

Republicans also objected to Arizona, Nevada and Michigan’s electoral votes, but the motions failed before they reached debate. …

Washington police have reported four deaths, dozens of arrests and 14 police injuries tied to the unrest at the US Capitol, where a pro-Trump mob stormed both chambers of Congress. …

Are they afraid he might use his emergency powers?

Some Cabinet members are discussing the possibility of invoking the 25th Amendment to force Donald Trump’s removal from office, replacing him with Mike Pence, according to US media. … Under Section 4 of the 25th Amendment, the president can be removed from office if the vice president and a majority either of the cabinet secretaries or of Congress declare in writing that he is “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.” …

A Trump adviser told CNN the president had “lost it” while another sid Mr Trump was seen by staff members as “unstable, ranting and raving.”

Meanwhile, the media is disrespected: