There are only nine days left of outgoing President Donald Trump's tenure in the White House, but pressure for the President to be removed or to resign from office is growing after the unprecedented attack on the U.S. Capitol by pro-Trump extremists.
The Democratic-led House of Representatives filed an article of impeachment against Trump on Monday for inciting an insurrection. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said Vice President Mike Pence would have 24 hours to rally enough cabinet secretaries to oust Trump via Section IV of the 25th Amendment.
Hopes that Trump would be out of office sooner than January 20th—when President-elect Joe Biden is inaugurated—skyrocketed after Trump's biography on the official State Department website said his term "ended" on the evening of January 11th.
The biography read:
"Donald J. Trump's term ended on 2021-01-11 19:49:00."
The biography page for Vice President Pence featured the same message.
The internet exploded into chaos as Twitter users scrambled to figure out what happened. Was it a hack? An accident? Or was Trump actually resigning and the announcement went out early?
For nearly an hour, the internet was thrown into confusion.
I don’t know what to make of this US State Department website that says Trump’s term ended Jan 11th at 7pm. Anyone?… https://t.co/2ltK819Hyq— Eric Feigl-Ding (@Eric Feigl-Ding) 1610394941.0
What is going on? The official website of the State Department says, "Donald J. Trump's term ended on 2021-01-11 19… https://t.co/uPssrDKnoZ— MeidasTouch.com (@MeidasTouch.com) 1610395721.0
Does ANYBODY have any idea why this official government website says "Donald J. Trump's term ended on 2021-01-11 19… https://t.co/LghRCkTuMK— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@BrooklynDad_Defiant!) 1610395074.0
Something has gone a bit hinky at the state department. https://t.co/DMhZPGj8h4 https://t.co/svZEZq3LOv— southpaw (@southpaw) 1610395170.0
But soon, Christopher Miller of Buzzfeed News revealed that sources informed him a "disgruntled staffer" was the mastermind behind the message.
UPDATE: Sources tell @BuzzFeedNews a "disgruntled staffer" is behind the State Department site's change of Trump an… https://t.co/TggeLJegVe— Christopher Miller (@Christopher Miller) 1610396216.0
In his full reporting, Miller went on to say that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has ordered a full investigation as to what happened.
Like the State Department staffer, the internet was disgruntled to learn that Trump isn't resigning.
Disgruntled is a truly unique English word, since "gruntled" already means unhappy and dis- here means "greatly or… https://t.co/SPYhIVIcRZ— Mass for Shut-ins (Podcast) (@Mass for Shut-ins (Podcast)) 1610396671.0
We are all a disgruntled staffer today. https://t.co/anKIRY7c2s— John Scalzi (@John Scalzi) 1610396529.0
damn!!! I was so ready to toast https://t.co/UwlCMJB7hT— ProfB (@ProfB) 1610396648.0
Sigh I was so happy thinking he was gone https://t.co/idppNSIYNu— cherir obscurite (@cherir obscurite) 1610397574.0
But Trump's critics saluted the disgruntled employee for trolling the President.
Hey disgruntled staffer, Team Griffin is always hiring. https://t.co/LeSLP6Otem— Kathy Griffin (@Kathy Griffin) 1610398353.0
lol drinks on me for life https://t.co/1w0Ne51ALm— ☕netw3rk (@☕netw3rk) 1610396729.0
amazing. https://t.co/bkPML9TEfo— 💀 damned sinker 💀 (@💀 damned sinker 💀) 1610396298.0
The jokes soon came rolling in.
Really excited for my first day as webmaster for the US State Department. Now to take a big sip of coffee and see w… https://t.co/9Gy2tKOQ9E— Brandon Wall (@Brandon Wall) 1610395156.0
The social media manager who hacked the state department https://t.co/7QlrWEDG52— Nico Correia (@Nico Correia) 1610398318.0
the password to the Department of State's CMS... is love https://t.co/9THFG5f0ls— Daniel D'Addario (@Daniel D'Addario) 1610395832.0
As of now, Trump's final day in office is January 20th.