Washington – Vice President Mike Pence announced shortly after 3:40 a.m. Thursday that President-elect Joe Biden had won the presidency after Congress completed the polling of the electoral college. Confirmation came hours after an attack by rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol to stop the process.
Losing his election for the first time. A statement by his social media director released early Thursday said there will be an orderly transition on January 20, despite disagreement with the election result.
On Wednesday, the president encouraged his supporters to “go” to the Capitol while Congress counted the votes of the electoral college, the largely ceremonial final step in confirming Mr. Biden’s victory. Despite Mr Trump’s insistence that Vice President Mike Pence had the power to overturn the election results, Pence defied Mr Trump on Wednesday, making a lengthy statement that he couldn’t change the result.
Chaos erupted in the Capitol a few hours later when an angry crowd of rioters – many waving Trump flags or Trump gear – broke through the building.
during the attack. According to authorities, one woman was shot dead by police and three people died from medical emergencies.
The violence caused members of Congress to flee the ground and Congress held back for nearly six hours.
Mr Biden on Wednesday condemned the violence and urged Mr Trump to turn to the nation. Mr. Trump then posted a minute-long video on Twitter telling the rioters that they are “special” but “have to go home now”.
Congress convened almost six hours after it got off the floor and picked up where it left off when it heard Senator Ted Cruz and Congressman Paul Gosar object to the Arizona election results. The Senate rejected objection 93-6 and the House rejected it 303-121.
Despite calls from more than a dozen senators to say they would support objections to election results in key states, none of the senators signed up to House members objections to the results in Michigan and Nevada.
But Senator Josh Hawley kept his promise to object to the Pennsylvania results. The Senate rejected it 92-7 and left the House to debate it for two hours before being rejected after 3 a.m.
Since none of the objections had a majority, they had no chance of success. Even if there had been a majority of the objections, this would not have changed the election result. Mr. Biden will be sworn in on January 20th.