Donald Trump appeared to formally wave the white flag of give up and concede to Joe Biden in a highly-edited video launched on Thursday night time.

However the hostage-style tape was clearly designed by Trump and his allies to stave off a second impeachment or elimination from workplace by way of the twenty fifth Modification.

The president’s niece, Mary Trump, mentioned the scripted speech doesn’t change the truth that the president is a transparent and current hazard to the nation and should be faraway from workplace.

“[The video] definitely shouldn’t do something to let him off the hook,” she mentioned. “If he’s not impeached and faraway from workplace, we’re in deep trouble.”

Video:

Mary Trump mentioned:

I believe any person was in a position to get by means of to him and persuade him that even when it’s solely performative, he wanted to do one thing to mitigate the injury he induced solely to himself, after all, as a result of that’s all he cares about. That he induced to himself yesterday. However after all, it was purely efficiency. There was not any fact in it in any respect. And for those who hear fastidiously, he doesn’t really concede the election. So, there’s no purpose to take that video critically. There’s no purpose to present him any credit score for it. There’s no purpose in any respect to imagine that it means that he’s going to vary going ahead. We’re nonetheless taking a look at a really tough, doubtlessly harmful, 12 days. And it definitely shouldn’t do something to let him off the hook. If he’s not impeached and faraway from workplace we’re in deep trouble.

Trump launched the video to guard himself

Inspired by Donald Trump, a gaggle of MAGA insurrectionists stormed the nation’s capital on Wednesday in an try and overturn the election. It was an act of terror that left a number of folks useless and shook the nation to its core.

As Mary Trump mentioned on Thursday, the president launched this speech at present in an try to guard himself from the fallout, not as a result of he cares about therapeutic the nation or bringing down the nationwide temperature.

The outgoing president is aware of {that a} rising variety of lawmakers and Individuals are calling for his impeachment and elimination. He additionally appears to acknowledge that any political future he thought he had could possibly be useless after Wednesday’s failed MAGA coup.

Make no mistake: The USA stays at nice danger so long as Donald Trump is within the White Home. A pre-taped speech that his employees compelled him to ship doesn’t change that actuality.

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