Congress Certifies Joe Biden’s Presidential Victory After Capitol Riot

Despite a mob of Trump supporters storming into the Capitol, Congress was able to reconvene and confirm the electoral count granting Joe Biden the presidency.

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This time yesterday Congress was gearing up to count the Electoral College votes and confirm Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States when a mob of violent Trump supporters stormed the Capitol building after the current President spoke with the crowd and encouraged them to not back down. Once the mob breached the Capitol walls, politicians were sent into hiding, sparking hours of vandalism, chaos, and insurrection. The day is already being referred to as one of the darkest days in American history. 

Washington authorities were already planning on pro-Trump groups protesting the Electoral results, especially considering Trump has been insinuating that the election was fraudulent since the results came out back in November. However, despite the DC Mayor calling upon the National Guard the day before, protesters were still able to push their way through Capitol police and storm the building, yielding weapons and screaming obscenities about “taking back the country.” 

Congressional staff, legislators, and Vice President Mike Pence were among those inside the building who were told to seek shelter or immediately evacuate. Images then quickly began circulating of the rioters with confederate flags and Trump merchandise literally inside the offices and Senate floor, where legislators were meeting to count the votes just moments before. One woman died after being shot on Capitol grounds, and three others were killed due to “medical emergencies” that occurred during the riots. The President-Elect Joe Biden took to Twitter to speak to the American people last night in response to all of the violence. 

“To preserve democracy it requires people of good will, leaders with the courage to stand up, who are devoted not to pursuit of power and personal interest at any cost, but to the common good.”

It took Trump himself hours to respond to the acts of domestic terrorism that were occuring in the Capitol building. Eventually he posted a video to his Twitter in which he continued to make baseless claims of a fraudulent election, and told the rioters that he loved and supported them. “We love you, you’re very special” he said to the mob of violent supporters in a video that has now been removed from both Twitter and Facebook based on the fact that the platforms believe Trump is inciting violence. 

Despite the hours of delays brought on by the president’s angry mob of supporters, House and Senate members were able to reconvene in the Capitol later that evening to officially count all of the Electoral votes and finally affirm Joe Biden’s win as the 46th President of the United States of America. 

Several GOP Senators who were originally planning on objecting the electoral results ended up changing their minds due to the acts of senseless violence that the President encouraged to purposefully delay the democratic process. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Vice President Mike Pence both voiced their belief in the legitimacy of the Electoral results and even went as far as to reject Trump’s consistent claims of voter fraud. Pence then took to Twitter to ensure the American people that those involved in the Capitol riots would not go unpunished. 

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“Peaceful protest is the right of every American but this attack on our Capitol will not be tolerated and those involved will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

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A growing number of political leaders and Cabinet officials also now believe that Trump should be removed from office as soon as possible over worries that he will encourage his supporters to continue to fight the election. Some have suggested that Pence should invoke the 25th Amendment or disqualify him from ever holding office again. 

Several White House staffers have resigned as a result of yesterday’s riot, including Trump’s deputy national security adviser Matt Pottinger and chief of staff to the first lady Stephanie Grisham. Several individuals who have worked closely with Trump throughout the past year have now condemned him for his violent and senseless actions yesterday. The National Association of Manufacturers, one of the most influential business groups in America, has called on Pence to remove Trump from office, and all four living former US Presidents spoke out about the Capitol breach as well. 

Now, the US Secret Service is working on ramping up coverage and security efforts in the White House and other federal buildings; which most Americans already assumed would be the most secure buildings in the nation before yesterday. Trump has since issued a statement in which he pledged that he would make sure the transition of power was “orderly” on January 20th once the Electoral votes were made official. 

However, many are taking a “too little to late” approach when it comes to Donald Trump now. He has continued to reiterate that this was one of the most fraudulent elections in US history, and his consistent refusal to accept the reality of the democratic process that has run this country for over 200 years is only fueling the fire within his violent supporters. It’s unclear as to what Pence and other leaders will do in terms of protecting America and its leaders from future acts of domestic terrorism incited by the current President, but if one thing is certain, it’s that no one will ever forget what occurred on January 6th 2021 in our nation’s Capitol building.