After a two-month slog of denial and disarray, it has taken one of the darkest days in American political history for President Trump to come close to conceding that he has lost the election.
Playing pretend at being, well, an actual leader, he omits to discuss how his own actions may have sent America to its boiling point earlier this week, opting to suggest his 65-day long defiance was in the name of ‘democracy’.
“My campaign rigorously pursued every legal avenue to contest the election results. My only goal was to ensure the integrity of the vote. In so doing I was fighting to defend American democracy.”
“My focus now turns to ensuring a smooth, orderly and seamless transition of power. This moment calls for healing and reconciliation – 2020 has been a challenging time for our people.”
However, he also peppered the speech with some unsettling implications that his thirst for power and political influence is far from over.
One line has been lingering in the back of many Americans’ minds.
Those that have had their lives negatively impacted by his policies (read: every minority going) will be more than displeased to hear he doesn’t plan on fading into the ether for a couple of years, as most departing presidents do.
It’s an unsettling way to conclude a supposed ‘concession’ speech – although whether or not it’s technically a concession is still up for debate – and will raise questions in the coming days on where he plans to conduct his influence next.
Whether the same companies that have deplatformed him keep to their word is yet to be seen, but many will be hoping these are just some more of his empty, empty words.