It will be exceedingly difficult for Trump to maintain this posture for the next two weeks. The only thing that quiets his worst instincts is bone-rattling fear. His staff will need to relentlessly remind him that he is in real danger of immediate removal from office followed by the most serious criminal charges.
Trump, late Thursday: "To those who broke the law. You will pay."— Peter Alexander (@PeterAlexander) January 8, 2021
Trump, a day earlier: "We love you. You're very special." https://t.co/E8vxjZSujg
Behind closed doors, he made clear that he would not resign and expressed regret about releasing a video on Thursday committing to a peaceful transition of power and condemning the violence at the Capitol that he had egged on a day before.