President Trump Acknowledges Election Results

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After the unprecedented events at our nation's Capitol building on Wednesday stoked by President Trump at a rally on the national mall, followed by calls for his ouster by members of his own Cabinet, President Trump finally acknowledged the election results and stated there would be a peaceful transition of power on January 20. The 2020 election can now, it seems, be put to rest. 

Kenny Rogers, the country music star who died this year, made famous a chorus from the song "The Gambler," which describes a conversation between two card-playing travelers on a train.  As the game unfolds, one offers the other advice, saying, "You've got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em, know when to walk away, and know when to run..." Politics isn't exactly a game of chance, but it does come with risks, and every politician at some point in his or her career makes statements and political choices resulting in consequences for which he or she is ultimately responsible. President Trump may have thought he had two pairs of states with voting irregularities. However, every court that reviewed that claim, including the highest court in the land, found no evidence to support him. The president chose to stand firm, holding that hand. Those attending the rally who stormed the Capitol building on Wednesday followed his lead.  But when the dust settled and Congress returned to tally the electoral votes, the states' appointed electors had a full house.

The MCC joins Archbishop Rozanski in calling for prayer for the souls of those who lost their lives this week. It didn't have to be this way. We can and must do better. As Archbishop Gomez stated earlier this week, "This is not who we are as Americans."

January 11, 2021 - 4:20pm

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