Donald Trump finally accepted his fate today after Vice President Mike Pence ended his desperate campaign to overthrow the election at 3:41 a.m. on Thursday morning and confirmed the victory of President-elect Joe Biden – despite attempts by numerous Republicans and a violent MAGA mob to To raise objections to this.
After Pence announced the electoral college's final balance sheet, Trump said there would be an "orderly transition" – a hallmark of American democracy he had repeatedly challenged – but falsely claimed that despite 50 states, a number of judges and had been stolen Now the US Congress rejects the challenges to the result.
"Even if I do not agree with the election result at all and the facts confirm me, there will still be an orderly transition on January 20," said Trump.
“I always said we would continue our fight to make sure that only legal votes are counted. While this marks the end of the greatest first term in the President's history, it is only the beginning of our struggle to make America great again. "
Pence made the final announcement after a nearly 15-hour saga in which supporters of President Donald Trump discovered pipe bombs, long guns and Molotov cocktails in the Capitol on a day of slaughter and shame that killed four people – and left America's grounds Image as a beacon of democracy wavered.
The MAGA mob, which included white supremacists, Holocaust deniers and supporters of Q Anon, broke confirmation of the results when they pushed through police barriers, stormed into the Capitol halls and even sat in the Senate Chamber.
They ransacked offices, destroyed statues and confronted police as they raged through the Capitol with Confederate flags in hours of anarchy that shocked the world. Legislators were rushed from the floor of the House and Senate – and brought back under armed guard at 8 p.m. while the mob opposed a curfew in DC. The angry president tweeted, “You are special. You are loved. & # 39;
The overwhelming rejection of attempts to overturn the vote by Congress, and Pence's role in it, is sure to further anger Trump, who wanted his Vice President to unilaterally override Biden's victory. But the president was banned from Twitter for 12 hours on Wednesday for violating company rules, which meant he couldn't use his favorite medium.
Just 13 days before his presidency, Trump is at war with Mitch McConnell, facing whispers from his own cabinet trying to evict him and Democrats openly discussing prosecuting him again – while only a handful of Senators are among remains loyal to the leadership of Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley and the majority of the House's GOP.
It was Hawley who made Congress sit late into the night. Biden was on 244 of the 270 Electoral College votes needed when a final challenge from Pennsylvania's census, signed by Josh Hawley, pushed lawmakers back to their respective chambers.
In the Senate, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell skipped the two hours of admissible debate and went straight to the vote.
The upper chamber voted 92 to 7 to override the Republican objection.
"We don't expect any additional votes tonight," he said when things were done. McConnell had opposed the GOP's efforts to question the electoral college vote from the start.
The House continued the debate and then voted 282-138 votes to overcome the Pennsylvania challenge. 64 Republicans voted alongside Democrats to form the majority.
Both houses have to vote for a challenge in order for it to be successful.
Republicans in the House and Senate had also challenged the Arizona vote – resulting in a two-hour debate interrupted by the MAGA insurrection – and that objection was overwhelmingly overridden.
House Republicans also tried to question the results in Georgia, Michigan and Nevada, but the GOP Senators would no longer sign up.
& # 39; Lord. President before today's actions and events, but after today's events, some senators seem to have withdrawn their objection, "admitted Georgia Rep. Jody Hice as he questioned the results in his state.
At around 4 a.m., Rep. Louie Gohmert attempted another challenge – for the state of Wisconsin – but another senator had withdrawn.
This marked the end of the MAGA campaign to upgrade an election, and Pence read the results of the electoral college: Biden 306, Trump 232.
But he managed to avoid saying "Joe Biden is the winner" or something like that – a small weakening of the blow to Trump by the deputy who until this week had been perhaps his most devoted supporter.
End of the game: Mike Pence finally sealed Joe Biden's election victory in the early hours of Thursday morning, declaring once and for all that Donald Trump had lost the election in the electoral college by a margin of 306-232
The Republican offer to overthrow President-elect Joe Biden's victory ended early Thursday morning after the Senate voted 92-7 to reject a challenge to the Pennsylvania electoral college
Vice President Mike Pence reopened the Senate and condemned the violent siege of Capitol Hill on Wednesday "in the strongest" way – without, however, blaming President Donald Trump for inciting the MAGA mob
An explosion caused by police ammunition is seen as Trump supporters gather outside the Capitol on Wednesday
Protesters broke windows to gain access to the Capitol as lawmakers were brought to safety on Wednesday afternoon
The protests escalated to violence when Trump supporters clashed with police on the Capitol grounds
"For those who wreaked havoc in our capital today, you didn't win," Pence said after lawmakers returned to their seats. & # 39; Violence never wins. Freedom wins. And that's still the people's house. & # 39;
The vice president who chaired the special constitutional session called it a "dark day in the history of the United States Capitol".
& # 39; But thanks to the swift efforts of the U.S. Capitol Police, federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, the violence has been suppressed. The Capitol is secure and the work of the people goes on, ”Pence said.
But, amazingly – and to the disgust of Republicans, including Mitt Romney and all Democrats – some Republicans continued their doomed attempt to reverse the election result.
The oldest was Kevin McCarthy, a minority chairman of the House of Representatives, who claimed the persistence was evidence that Congress was not ravaged by violence. And Josh Hawley, the Missouri Senator who gave the mob a clenched fist before storming the Capitol, also refused to resign even after other objectionable senators abandoned the campaign.
“Americans are going to bed tonight. Your lasting memory should not be a congress overrun by rioters. It has to be a determined Congress that has a healthy debate, ”said McCarthy.
“We may not agree very much in America, but tonight we have to show the world that we are respectful but that we thoroughly perform the most basic duties of democracy. We will continue with the task we were sent here to do. We will follow the Constitution and the law, as well as the process of hearing legitimate concerns about electoral integrity. We will do it with respect. & # 39;
Senator Josh Hawley, who became the first Senator to pledge to support the House GOP's efforts to object to the polls of certain states' electoral college votes, declined to abandon the effort entirely
Kevin McCarthy, chairman of the minority House of Representatives, claimed the persistence was evidence that Congress was not ravaged by violence
Sen Ted Cruz watches as the certification process continues despite objections from him and other Republicans
Senator Hawley, who became the first Senator to pledge to support the House GOP's efforts to object to the number of votes for certain states' electoral college, declined to abandon the effort entirely.
The Missouri Republican argued that the Senate was the right place to allay concerns about election fraud – as opposed to a violent riot.
"You can't change anything by force," said Hawley. “And that's why I tell my colleagues that what we're doing here tonight is actually very important. Because of those who have concerns about the integrity of our elections … this is the appropriate means, this is the lawful place where these objections and concerns should be heard. & # 39;
Immediately after Hawley spoke, Senator Mitt Romney applauded Senators like Loeffler and Lankford who had given up on Hawley and the "dirty dozen" efforts
He hoped the Senate could address concerns "peacefully, without violence, without attacks, without bullets."
Hawley indicated that once the Arizona debate was over, he may not have any objection and addressed the problems he had with Pennsylvania during his brief speech.
"And so, Mr. President, instead of saying a word about it later, let me say a word about Pennsylvania – this is a state that I have focused on and objected to," said Hawley.
He then complained that the state had set up "universal mail-in voting".
"And did it regardless of what the Pennsylvania Constitution says," Hawley said, using the wrong word for independent.
The Senator then turned down, as the Pennsylvania Supreme Court made its ruling, and upheld the law that allowed increased postal voting during the coronavirus pandemic.
Immediately after Hawley spoke, Senator Mitt Romney applauded Senators like Loeffler and Lankford who had given up on Hawley and the "dirty dozen" efforts.
"The best way to show respect to disgruntled voters is to tell them the truth," pleaded Romney.
And the truth, he said, was that President-elect Biden won the election. President Trump lost. & # 39;
"I've had this experience myself, it's not fun," said Romney, pointing to the loss of the 2012 presidential election to Democratic President Barack Obama.
As he closed, Romney received a standing ovation from some senators – but not from Hawley, who was sitting directly in front of him.
McConnell, who previously punished members of his own party who tried to object to the electoral college vote, said, "The United States Senate will not be intimidated." Pence's conviction was followed by Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell and Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer, with Schumer – a New York Democrat – blaming Trump
Pro-Trump supporters storm the U.S. Capitol after a rally with President Donald Trump on Jan. 6
As 2 a.m. approached, Rep Conor Lamb, a Pennsylvania Democrat representing the Pittsburgh area, discharged the Republicans who were protesting his state's vote.
Lamb first read from the speech he was about to make before the riot, including the fact that Allegheny County's vote counting operation had & # 39; 31 video cameras! & # 39; he said and raised his voice.
“These objections do not deserve the slightest bit of respect. Not an ounce, ”he said then.
"A woman died out there tonight and you have these objections," Lamb went on. "Let's make it clear what happened in this chamber today: For the first time since the war of 1812, invaders came in."
Lamb nodded at a group of his Republican colleagues.
“We know that this attack did not happen out of nowhere today. It was inspired by lies, the same lies you are hearing in this room tonight, and the members repeating those lies should be ashamed, ”Lamb said. "Your constituents should be ashamed of them."
Rep. Morgan Griffith called to have Lamb's comments removed from the file.
House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi knocked down his request and later stated that he was not moving fast enough. She said it must "happen just as the words are spoken".
Nearby, Capitol Hill reporters said that there was almost a dispute among lawmakers, involving Maryland Republican Andy Harris and Democrat Texas All. Colin Allred were involved.
Allred is a former professional soccer player.
As 2 a.m. approached, Rep Conor Lamb (pictured), a Pennsylvania Democrat representing the Pittsburgh area, discharged Republicans who were protesting his state's vote
Spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi opened the House of Representatives on Wednesday evening with a vow to remain until the election and victory of Joe Biden are confirmed.
"Congress has returned to the Capitol," she said seven hours after the chamber closed as rioters tried to break through its doors. “We always knew that this responsibility would lead us into the night and stay as long as it takes. Our goal is achieved. We have to and we will show the country. & # 39;
"We know we are in difficult times, but we could hardly have imagined the attack on our democracy," she said, referring to the pro-Trump insurgents who tried to stop the joint session.
She said it was the legislature's duty to show the world "the peaceful transfer of power from one president to the next".
Just before all the members of the house were evacuated at around 2:30 p.m., the Capitol Police approached Pelosi, who was running the chamber from the lectern and telling her to go.
Pelosi made no fuss and turned her duties over to the House Rules Chairman, Jim McGovern.
He told reporters on Capitol Hill that she whispered "thank you" and handed him the hammer when she was led away.
House Spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Will lead the House Chamber after they are reunited
House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy will stand by President Trump and continue his party's objections to state certification, won by Joe Biden on the electoral college.
Some Republican senators pulled back from the original plan to object after pro-Trump insurgents rushed the Capitol.
McCarthy said, however, it was the duty of lawmakers to have a "healthy debate" and hear "legitimate concerns about electoral integrity".
WHO IS STILL AT TRUMP'S CAMP?
Senator Josh Hawley – Hawley was the first Senator to pledge to support a GOP House effort to object to the polls of certain states' electoral college votes and refused to abandon the effort entirely.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy McCarthy is the oldest member to stand with President Trump and will continue his party's objection to state certification that Joe Biden won on the electoral college.
Senator Ted Cruz – The Senate rejected Ted Cruz's appeal against Arizona as part of Electoral College's certification process.
“When Americans go to bed tonight, their lasting memory shouldn't be a Congress overrun by rioters. It has to be a determined Congress that has a healthy debate. We may not agree very much in America, but tonight we must show the world that we will respectfully but thoroughly fulfill the most basic duties of democracy. We will continue with the task we were sent here to do. We will follow the Constitution and the law, as well as the process of hearing legitimate concerns about electoral integrity. We'll do it with respect, ”he said on the floor of the house after the chamber was reopened.
But he also condemned the rioters.
"We saw the worst in America this afternoon," he said.
McCarthy also cautioned lawmakers to think twice about what it posts on social media. Contributions from Republicans, including President Trump, falsely claiming the elections were rigged and fraudulent actions were believed to have helped stimulate the mob that looted the Capitol.
"We should also think for a moment about what we post on social media," he said. “Just because you have a different personal opinion than I do, you have the right to speak it, but nobody has the right to become a mob. And we should all agree to condemn them all together. & # 39;
Pence's conviction was followed by Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell and Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer, with Schumer – a New York Democrat – blaming Trump.
"Today's events would certainly not have happened without him," said Schumer.
McConnell, who previously punished members of his own party who tried to object to the electoral college vote, said, "The United States Senate will not be intimidated."
& # 39; Will not be kept away from his chamber by thugs, mobs or threats. We're not going to bow down for lawlessness or intimidation, ”said the Kentucky Republican.
He said senators would do their constitutional duty – to confirm the results of the presidential race.
"And we'll do it tonight," McConnell said.
The Kentucky Republican stated, "Criminal conduct will never dominate the United States Congress."
Schumer followed him and admitted that he didn't have the right words to describe what happened on Capitol Hill Wednesday.
"I have never had or imagined the experience we just had at this Capitol," he said. "This temple of democracy has been desecrated, its windows broken, our offices destroyed."
A protester sits in the Senate Chamber. Congress held a joint session today to confirm Electoral College President-elect 306-232 victory over President Donald Trump
Pro-Trump protesters gather outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC on January 6, 2021
Legislators huddled in fear as protesters tried to break down the doors of the house chamber on Wednesday
He spoke of the woman who was shot during the riot and has since died from her injuries.
"We mourn for them and feel for their friends and family," said Schumer.
"This will be a stain on our land that will not be so easily washed away," he added.
And the soon-to-be majority leader, after the Democrats won both Georgia Senate runoffs, pointed a finger at Trump, calling the day's events the "last terrible indelible legacy of the 45th President of the United States."
"Undoubtedly our worst," argued Schumer.
"Today's events did not happen spontaneously, the president who promoted conspiracy theories, who motivated these thugs, a president who admonished them to come to our capital city of the United States, encouraged them, and hardly ever discouraged the violence. This president bears a lot of the blame, ”said Schumer.
He said those responsible for overtaking the capital could not be described as "protesters".
"They were rioters and insurgent thugs and thugs, domestic terrorists," said Schumer. & # 39; You don't represent America
The Senate Majority Leader spoke immediately after Pence to explain that the Chamber would not be intimidated by "thugs".
McConnell condemned Trump's offer to overthrow the election for the second time in a day, having previously delivered a powerful speech in which he drew off the efforts of members of his own caucus, the voters in states who voted for Joe Biden wanted to clear the path, blew up.
Wednesday night after Trump supporters broke the aisles, McConnell went for decades on "awkward" invaders – without mentioning that it was President Trump who encouraged his supporters to march to the Capitol.
Even so, he ripped off the Trump supporters who were running wildly around the chamber.
& # 39; The United States Senate will not be intimidated. We are not kept out of this chamber by thugs, mobs or threats. We will not bow to lawlessness or intimidation, ”McConnell vowed.
& # 39; We're back to our posts. We will do our constitutional duty and our nation.
And we'll do it tonight, ”McConnell said.
The Kentucky Republican stated, "Criminal conduct will never dominate the United States Congress." Schumer followed him and admitted that he didn't have the right words to describe what happened on Capitol Hill Wednesday
Senator Lindsey Graham, one of the President's key allies in the Senate, threw water on the objectors' efforts, recalling how in 1876 three southern states – South Carolina, Louisiana and Florida – sent two electoral rolls to Congress to end post-Civil War reconstruction
His words have been both bolstered and undercut by his close association with Trump's tenure: McConnell's wife, Elaine Chao, serves as Trump's transportation secretary. McConnell spent weeks denouncing Trump's unsubstantiated claims that the election had been rigged. And in partnership with Trump, he achieved his life goal of stacking the judiciary with conservative lawyers.
Speaking with disdain for the mob that had invaded the Capitol, he said the country had "faced much greater threats than the awkward crowd we saw today."
Among the Republicans who opposed the plan to challenge the results was Senator James Lankford of Oklahoma, known as an institutionalist before signing Senator Ted Cruz's effort
“We have never been deterred and we will not be deterred today. You tried to disrupt our democracy. You failed, ”he intoned.
He called it a "failed insurrection" and said it "only underscores the importance of the task ahead for our republic".
"Now we're going to finish exactly what we started," said McConnell. "We're going to complete the process the right way: according to the book."
He said the Senate would follow its precedents, laws and constitution "on the letter".
"And we will confirm the winner of the 2020 presidential election," he said urgently. & # 39; Criminal behavior will never dominate the United States Congress. This institution is resilient. Our democratic republic is strong. The American people deserve nothing less, ”he said.
Among the Republicans who opposed the plan to challenge the results was Senator James Lankford of Oklahoma, known as an institutionalist before signing Senator Ted Cruz's effort.
“Why in God's name would anyone think that attacking law enforcement officers occupying the United States Capitol is the best way to show you are right? Why would you do that? & # 39; he asked.
“Rioters and thugs don't run the capital, we are the United States of America. We disagree on many things and we have a lot of lively debates in this room. But we talk about it and we honor each other.
Lankford had served in the Senate, defending the opposition from votes in states won by Biden when officials evacuated the Chamber and locked the Capitol.
I was literally interrupted in mid-sentence as I spoke here. Because we all know what happened right in front of this room, ”he praised the law enforcement agencies protecting the Capitol.
Georgia Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler, who lost her race to Democratic Rev. Raphael Warnock early on Wednesday morning, announced that she would no longer object to the electoral college vote
He quickly bowed to the new reality.
"Obviously the commission we asked for is not going to happen at this point, and I understand that. We are moving towards certification of Joe Biden as President of the United States tonight," he said. Cruz and his compatriots wanted a special commission to investigate judicial election fraud cases over a ten-day period.
"And we will work together in this body to be able to set a peaceful example in the coming days," he concluded.
Senator Lindsey Graham, one of the President's key allies in the Senate, threw water on the objectors' efforts, recalling how in 1876 three southern states – South Carolina, Louisiana and Florida – sent two electoral rolls to Congress to end post-Civil War reconstruction .
"It led to Jim Crow," said Graham. "If you are looking for historical guidance, this is not the right choice."
The South Carolina Republican also said that forming a fraud investigation committee would not change people's minds.
"If you have a commission chosen by Nancy Pelosi, Mitch McConnell and John Roberts, you're not going to get where you want to go, it's not going to work," said Graham. "It will be of no use, it will be delayed and give credibility to a dark chapter in our history."
Graham claimed that Trump was a "next president".
"But today … all I can say is count myself, enough is enough, I've tried to be helpful."
Graham praised Pence and said to him, "What they ask of you you will not do because you cannot."
Trump has put pressure on Pence to choose between electoral college votes and "alternative" electoral rolls, which the vice president is not allowed to do.
Graham also mentioned how he had traveled the world with Biden when they served together in the Senate.
"I prayed he would lose," Graham said. "He's the legitimate President of the United States."
Georgia Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler, who lost her race to Democratic Rev. Raphael Warnock early Wednesday morning, announced that she would no longer object to the electoral college vote.
"When I got to Washington this morning, I wanted to speak out against the confirmation of the votes," she said. "However, the events that happened today forced me to reconsider and I can now with a clear conscience have nothing against it."
Senator Steve Daines, a Republican from Montana, also announced that he no longer supports senators who raise objections.
Newly minted Senator Roger Marshall, a Kansas Republican who had joined Senator Ted Cruz's "Dirty Dozen", appeared to support the effort in his first-floor address.
"We need to restore confidence in one of the most sacred and patriotic duties of our republic: voting," said Marshall.
Marshall said he supported the creation of an electoral commission to propose constructive proposals to states that came about in the 2020 race because of the "harrowing irregularities" he claimed.
It is unclear whether Marshall would support additional challenges in states going forward, as the Senate discussion focused only on the votes of the Arizona electoral college.
A woman was shot in the chest Wednesday afternoon after chaotic scenes erupted when dozens of Trump supporters broke security lines at the Capitol. She died hours later in a hospital
Police spray tear gas on a protester who has been opening a police barricade to get closer to the Capitol
Members of Congress run for cover as protesters attempt to enter the house chamber
A protester walks through Congress with Nancy Pelosi's lectern after storming the Capitol
Republican Congressman Thomas Reed announced he was against the GOP's objections to certification and received applause from the Democrats.
Reed went to the Democratic side of the house to discuss his opposition, citing the violence of the day in the Capitol as the reason.
"We resolve our differences through elections," he said, denouncing the "mob rule" that took place in the early afternoon.
“What we see in this body tonight will be what we do in America. And that means transferring power in a peaceful manner, ”he said when the Democrats gave him a standing ovation.
Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz, a top Trump ally on Capitol Hill, suggested that some of the mobs who raided the Capitol were members of Antifa who oppose fascism and other forms of far-right ideology. President Trump has tried to label Antifa as a terrorist group, but they are a political philosophy. There is no evidence that they were involved in Wednesday's uprising.
Gaetz quoted the conservative newspaper The Washington Times as speaking on the floor of the house to defend Republican objections to electoral college votes in some of the states Biden won.
"The Washington Times just reported that some of the people who violated the Capitol today weren't Trump supporters, they disguised themselves as Trump supporters, and in fact we are members of the violet terrorist group Antifa," said he when the Democrats hollow him out loudly.
Gaetz, a frequent guest at Trump's Florida residence, Mar-a-Lago, also defended the president, who was criticized by many, including members of the Republican Party, for his lackluster response to the riots.
"Another important point for the country is that President Trump expressly called for peaceful demonstrations and protests this morning," said Gaetz.
Trump said in tweets the protesters should be peaceful but did not ask them to retreat and leave the Capitol.
The Democrats booed Gaetz as he spoke, and he admitted, “You can moan and moan, but he was much more clear on his calls for peace than some of the BLM and leftist writers this summer when we saw violence happening swept away this nation. & # 39;
Gaetz has also looked at Liberal Democrats who have called to disappoint the police.
"I'm sure I'm glad I didn't hear my Democratic colleagues shouting for at least a day to disappoint the police," he said as his Republican colleagues cheered.
Members of Congress rush to evacuate the chamber of the house as protesters attempted to enter
Members of the National Guard line up on the Capitol grounds as protesters continue to occupy the area after the curfew
The mostly maskless crowd flooded the halls of the Capitol with little resistance from the Capitol Police
The DC National Guard was dispatched to the streets to enforce a 6 p.m. curfew
Trump – after being silent for most of the afternoon – posted a video telling his "very special" supporters at the Capitol that he loved them and understood their pain, but urged them to "go home."
He had initially encouraged his followers to march to the Capitol after an early afternoon rally before even asking to remain peaceful when violence broke out.
The Capitol was briefly secured before it was re-locked on an "internal security threat" at around 6.45pm after an official was reportedly found unconscious. Everyone in one of the Capitol Building's buildings was ordered to hide in an office with the doors locked.
But shortly before 8 p.m. the legislators, who had been brought to safety at the beginning of the siege, returned to the Capitol to resume the joint session and approve the count of the electoral college for the presidential election.
The lawmakers were seen flanked by armed guards as they entered the Capitol. A spokesman for Vice President Mike Pence, who is staying during the joint session, said he was already in the building because he never left.
When protesters broke down police barricades and stormed into the Capitol, lawmakers huddled in the chamber of the house were ordered to put on gas masks while tear gas was fired in the rotunda. Officers at the front door of the chamber had their guns pointed at a demonstrator who was trying to break the door.
The Capitol was locked again around 6.45pm on an "internal security threat" after an official was reportedly found unconscious. Everyone in one of the Capitol Building's buildings was ordered to hide in an office with the doors locked
For the refugees it was a race against time: the demonstrators got in as quickly as the congress members could get out.
A protester took the Senate podium and shouted, "Trump won this election". Some protesters even occupied Pelosi's office and sat mockingly at a desk.
The chaotic scenes unfolded shortly after Trump approached thousands of his supporters and asked them to march to the Capitol. The protesters organized through far-right social media sites, including Gab and Parler, and explained the best ways to avoid the police on their way to the Capitol.
After the protesters clashed with law enforcement agencies, Trump tweeted his supporters to "stay peaceful."
& # 39; Please support our Capitol Police and Law Enforcement. You are really on our country's side. Stay peaceful! & # 39; the president wrote.
As the violence escalated, Trump tweeted: “I urge everyone in the US Capitol to stay peaceful. No violence! Remember, WE are law and order – respect the law and our great men and women in blue. Thank you! & # 39;
At first he did not tell the protesters to leave.
Biden called for "simple decency" to be restored on Wednesday evening after the mob prevented Congress from confirming the November election results.
"At this hour our democracy is facing an unprecedented attack such as we have not seen in this day and age," said Biden. He called it "an attack on the rule of law like we have never seen before".
I urge this mob to pull back and promote democracy.
In a speech that lasted less than 10 minutes and was televised in front of a split screen in the still-occupied Capitol Building, Biden tried to project calm and say that a deeply divided country can still come together – while expressing outrage bring.
He stopped accusing Trump of treason but said events "verged on turmoil".
"At best, a president's words can inspire," added Biden. "In the worst case, they can stir up."
Minutes after Biden's address, Trump released his own video telling his supporters to "love" them but "go home." In the same breath he continued his unsubstantiated claims that the "election was stolen".
“There has never been a time like this when something like this could be taken away from all of us – from me, from you, from our country. This was a fraudulent choice, but we cannot play into the hands of these people, ”he said.
“We must have peace. So go home We love you. You are something special. You saw what happened. You see how others are treated who are so bad and so angry. I know how you feel. But go home and go home in peace. & # 39;
The video was later removed from Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube for violating their guidelines.
The president then posted another tweet reiterating his false claim that the election had been stolen and encouraged followers to remember the day. The tweet was perceived by some as an attempt to upset the Capitol crowd.
"These are the things and events that happen when a sacred landslide election victory is so unceremoniously and viciously deprived of great patriots who have been treated badly and unfairly for so long," he tweeted. “Go home with love and in peace. Remember that day forever! & # 39;
Twitter removed the tweet for violating its rules.
Mob Smashes Police Barriers And Tear Gas Walls To Prevent Biden's Victory From Confirming: How Trump Protesters Turned Congress into a Battleground
The Capitol Police used tear gas when hundreds of people saw hundreds of people climb the marble stairs in front of the building. They knocked on the closed doors of the Capitol and pounded the glass on the doors.
Protesters fought with the police and then entered the building.
When asked how many people could get on, officials said they are paying attention to keeping lawmakers safe.
& # 39; We love you. You are special. & # 39; Trump finally speaks to the unleashed Capitol mob and says: "Go home now. We must have peace & # 39;
Donald Trump told his crowd of supporters to "love" them but "go home" after they raved past police barriers to storm the US Capitol.
But despite urging his followers to resign, he went on to make unsubstantiated claims that the "election was stolen" in a video posted on Twitter Wednesday afternoon.
“There has never been a time like this when something like this could be taken away from all of us – from me, from you, from our country. This was a fraudulent choice, but we cannot play into the hands of these people.
“We must have peace. So go home We love you. You are something special. You saw what happened. You see how others are treated who are so bad and so angry. I know how you feel. But go home and go home in peace, ”Trump said.
It came hours after Trump put them into a frenzy at his Stop the Steal rally and told them to march on the US Capitol.
The president still hasn't conceded the election and addressed a lot about the Ellipse the previous Wednesday that broke conspiracy theories that he still had a way to win – if Vice President Mike Pence had bid and if GOP lawmakers outraged would have.
Pence didn't do that.
The chaotic scenes unfolded shortly after Trump addressed thousands of protesters and urged his supporters to march to the Capitol. After protesters clashed with law enforcement after violating the Capitol, Trump tweeted his supporters to "stay peaceful."
A video posted on TikTok showed a group of about four officers standing by as protesters pushed past a barricade near the Capitol building.
The officers didn't seem to be trying to block the onslaught but walked with him towards the building.
A protester jumped onto the podium on which the President of the Senate presides and shouted, "Trump won this election."
Several dozen protesters roamed the halls of the Capitol yelling, "Where are they?"
Tear gas was used by Capitol Police as protesters filled both the house and Senate sides of the Capitol.
Another Senate protester yelled, "Where's pence, show yourself!"
The chaos led to the Capitol's lockdown and disrupted the confirmation of the election of the electoral college that would cement Biden's victory.
Mayor Bowser declared a 6 p.m. curfew on the city and said several law enforcement agencies would be patrolling the streets. Shortly before the curfew went into effect, she was asked several times by CNN if curfew violators would be arrested, but she refused to give a straight answer.
Bowser said "many" arrests had already been made but had no specific number.
When the footage came off Capitol Hill and was injured by angry Trump supporters, Donald Trump Jr. attempted to suppress the outbreak with a tweet – that was critical of Democrats and Liberals.
& # 39; That is wrong and not who we are. Be peaceful and use your first amendment rights, but don't act like the other side, "wrote Trump Jr .." We have to save a country and it won't help anyone. "
Meanwhile, the president continued to focus his anger on Pence, who had previously announced that he would not single-handedly overturn the election results from his position as chairman.
“Mike Pence did not have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our country and our Constitution, and gave states the opportunity to confirm a corrected set of facts, not the fraudulent or inaccurate ones they did had to certify beforehand. USA demands the truth! & # 39; The president tweeted.
The extraordinary closure was a departure from security vulnerabilities of the past. The protesters routinely interrupted the ongoing television hearings and even the events in the chamber of the house. However, the trained Capitol Police are usually able to arrest troublemakers and remove them immediately. Often, formal charges are never filed.
But in the storming of the building on Wednesday, dozens of people made it by armed police officers and entered the building without taking any security precautions to keep those with guns or dangerous objects away.
There have been cases after 9/11 when the building was locked and people were told to leave the building. However, this usually happened when suspicious packages were detected.
If the building is open, as it was before the pandemic, members of the public are not allowed to go unaccompanied to the second floor, where lawmakers enter and exit the legislative chambers.
The protesters were supported by scaffolding built for the upcoming inauguration.
In another tense video from inside, Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) tweeted a video of protesters repeatedly storming Capitol police officers into the crypt on the ground floor of the building below the rotunda.
"I like it when a lot of people voted for President Trump in the 2020 elections and were hoping for a different outcome," wrote McCaul. “But violence and destruction are not the way to express your complaints. This is a shame and has to end. & # 39;
Trump supporters stand in the Capitol before storming the house chamber on Wednesday afternoon
Leigh Ann Luck, disguised as the Statue of Liberty, shouts as supporters of US President Donald Trump gather
A wall of Trump supporters can be seen outside the Capitol before crowds broke barriers and stormed inside
Several windows in the Capitol were broken during Wednesday's Capitol mayhem
The police used a stream of tear gas on Wednesday that protesters occupied the Capitol grounds
A woman is pushed into an ambulance near the Capitol on Wednesday night
Trump's mob causes chaos across the country: MAGA fans take to the streets in California, Oregon, New Mexico and Kansas and surround the office of Georgian Foreign Minister Brad Raffensperger
When the U.S. Capitol was stormed, Trump supporters held small rallies in front of state houses in several cities, including Atlanta, Denver, Phoenix and Salt Lake City.
Protesters streamed into the Kansas Statehouse in Topeka and gathered on the first floor of the Capitol Rotunda, although the rally remained orderly, KSNT TV reported.
There were no immediate reports of violence, despite the spate of demonstrations by pro-Trump protesters who reiterated his baseless claims that he was deprived of a re-election victory for electoral fraud.
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock said on Twitter that he had instructed city authorities to prematurely close city offices in Colorado's state capital "out of caution" after some 700 protesters gathered at the downtown statehouse.
“I hope that this situation will be resolved quickly. Pray for our nation, ”he tweeted.
A large courthouse complex and two other government buildings in Atlanta, the capital of Georgia, were also closed due to protests near the statehouse.
Among those whose daily routine was changed included aides to Georgian Foreign Secretary Brad Raffensperger, the Republican election official who was pressured by Trump in a phone call over the weekend to find enough extra votes for the president to win the November victory Repeal President-elect Joe Biden will take office in two weeks.
Raffensperger's spokesman, Walter Jones, said employees left their offices after lunch out of caution over protests. He said Raffensperger was out of the office at the time.
In Salt Lake City, state Capitol Preservation Board director Dana Jones said she asked building staff to work from home on Wednesday afternoon on the advice of the Utah Highway Patrol and the public safety officer, the Salt Lake Tribune said.
The newspaper said the precaution was in response to a crowd of about 250 pro-Trump protesters who posted signs on the Capitol that said, "Stop the steal!" and "Trump won!"
A Utah State Police spokesman said security at the Capitol had improved, although he said protesters there were "very peaceful," the tribune reported. It was said that one of his photographers was sprayed with pepper spray by angry people for documenting their protests.
Hundreds of Trump supporters also held a "stop the steal" rally at the Arizona State Capitol in Phoenix, cheering and mocking while guillotine.
MISSOURI: Armed men stand on the steps of the State Capitol after a rally in support of President Donald Trump
ATLANTA: The crowd consisted of about 25 people, some of whom carried assault rifles
LA: Christian Angelo Hill, 19, a supporter of Black Lives Matter, reacts after being sprayed with an unknown substance during a rally by supporters of US President Donald Trump
OREGON: Demonstranten veranstalten eine Kundgebung zur Unterstützung des US-Präsidenten Donald Trump im Oregon State Capitol in Salem
TEXAS: Jack Finger aus San Antonio protestiert gegen die Wahlen mit Anhängern von Präsident Donald Trump am Mittwoch, dem 6. Januar 2021, im Capitol in Austin
ATLANTA: Die Georgia Capitol Police hat den georgischen Außenminister Brad Raffensperger (oben) und seine Mitarbeiter kurz vor 15 Uhr aus dem Gebäude geführt
"Ich werde meinen Eid nicht verraten": Pence widersetzt sich öffentlich Trumps Forderung, Bidens Bestätigung zu blockieren
Trump told thousands of supporters outside the White House that he wanted pence to "get through" for us and demanded that he reject votes on the grounds that the president claims it was "a fraud".
He threatened Pence with the words "I don't hear good stories" and told him to have "courage" to put down the voices of the swing states – a move that would be against the constitution.
But minutes before arriving on Capitol Hill to chair the joint session of Congress and confirm the election result, Pence bluntly told lawmakers that he would refuse to obey Trump's instructions.
Pence sent a letter to the 535 Senators and Representatives on Capitol Hill prior to chairing the joint session confirming Joe Biden's victory.
In it he outlined his belief in his role in what he describes as "ceremonial", adding that it does not include the power to "determine which votes should and should not be counted".
Trump tried to blame Pence for his expected loss on Wednesday, but the president also has no support from a majority of senators in his own party, doomed his efforts to overthrow the results by Congress.
Pence acknowledged Trump's allegations that the election was rigged, for which there was no evidence and no court upheld, in a likely peace offer to the president.
"I share the concern of millions of Americans about the integrity of this election," he wrote.
Shortly before this, images emerged of hundreds of protesters descending on the Capitol steps after gathering near the White House for President Donald Trump
A Capitol police officer urged lawmakers to vacate the building after top leaders were escorted
Pence acknowledged Trump's allegations that the election had been rigged, which there was no evidence and no court, in a likely peace offer to the president
Mitglieder der rechtsextremen Gruppe Proud Boys machen "OK" -Handgesten, die "weiße Macht" während des Chaos anzeigen
Leigh Ann Luck, verkleidet als Freiheitsstatue, ruft als Anhänger des Protests des US-Präsidenten Donald Trump
Tränengas wurde von der Capitol Police eingesetzt, als Demonstranten sowohl die Haus- als auch die Senatsseite des Capitol füllten
Die Capitol Police sprüht Tränengas auf Trump-Anhänger, als sie versuchen, eine Polizeisperre zu durchbrechen
In a letter on Wednesday, Pence said, "It is my deliberate judgment that my oath to support and defend the Constitution prevents me from using unilateral authority to determine which votes should and should not be counted."
As Vice President, however, he found that the constitution does not give him the power to decide which votes are counted and which are not.
As a history student who loves the Constitution and venerates its drafters, I do not believe that our country's foundations intended to give the Vice President with unilateral authority to decide which votes to count during the joint congressional session, and no, the Vice President of the American history has ever asserted such authority, ”noted Pence.
He added that in the past, vice-presidents "have conducted the process in an orderly manner, even if the census resulted in the defeat of their party or their own candidacy".
"It is my deliberate judgment that my oath to support and defend the constitution prevents me from using unilateral authority to determine which votes should and should not be counted," he said.
He concluded his letter with a prayer to God: “When the joint session of Congress meets today, I will do my duty to see that we open the electoral papers of the various states. We hear objections from senators and officials. and we count the votes of the electoral college for presidents and vice-presidents in accordance with our constitution, our laws, and our history. May God help me. & # 39;
Pelosi reminded lawmakers that due to social distancing, only 11 members of each party were allowed to enter the house at a time. She called on Republicans to have too many lawmakers on the ground
"The law says voter registration ends on October 5th. Democrats said we don't care what the law says that they went to court and had to renew an Obama-appointed judge in 18 days," said Republican Congressman Jim Jordan, a top Trump ally at Capitol Hill, complained about Arizona
Nancy Pelosi, spokeswoman, led the debate. She disinfected the hammer before using it. Pence had used it when he chaired the joint session
REPUBLICAN OBJECT TO ARIZONA'S VOTES
Als der Zertifizierungsprozess kurz nach 13 Uhr am Mittwoch begann, kamen die Gesetzgeber durch Alabama und Alaska, zwei Staaten, die sich für Trump entschieden hatten, bevor der erste Einspruch gegen Arizona eingereicht wurde.
Republican Paul Gosar of Arizona rejected the votes of his state electoral college to Biden and Harris. He confirmed that his objection had been signed by a US Senator.
Die Demokraten in der Kammer stöhnten hörbar, während Scharen von Republikanern in der Kammer aufstanden und klatschten.
Der Umzug zwang Pence, die Häuser aus der gemeinsamen Sitzung zu entfernen. The senators in the House of Representatives went back to their side of the US Capitol.
On the House side, Republican lawmakers used their time during their debate on the Arizona objection to complain about the president's treatment, particularly the impeachment proceedings and special adviser Robert Mueller's investigation.
They did not provide evidence of electoral fraud, but complained that electoral laws were changed before the November contest, which is not illegal.
"The law says voter registration ends on October 5th. Democrats said we don't care what the law says that they went to court and had to renew an Obama-appointed judge in 18 days," said Republican Congressman Jim Jordan, a top Trump ally at Capitol Hill, complained about Arizona.
In many states, voter registration deadlines have been extended due to the coronavirus pandemic – the extension applied to voters from both parties. Other states again extended the mail-in voting period due to the pandemic and applied to all voters.
Democrats argued the election was conducted legally.
"In some of the most difficult circumstances in our history, our fellow citizens held a free and fair election that reaffirmed our founders' belief that we are capable of self-government and peaceful transfer of power," said Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff.
Sprecher Pelosi leitete die Debatte. She disinfected the hammer before using it. Pence had used it when he chaired the joint session.
Pelosi also reminded lawmakers that due to social distancing, only 11 members of each party were allowed to enter the house at a time. She called on Republicans to have too many lawmakers on the ground.
MITCH MCCONNELL SLAMS ELECTION & # 39; Conspiracy Theories & # 39;
Der Mehrheitsführer des Senats, Mitch McConnell, beschämte Trump und seine eigenen republikanischen Kollegen dafür, dass sie die Stimmenzahl des Wahlkollegiums zunehmend in Frage stellten, und sagte, dies könne zu einer "Todesspirale" der amerikanischen Demokratie führen – und wies darauf hin, dass es keine wirklichen Beweise für weit verbreiteten Wahlbetrug gibt.
"Wir diskutieren über einen Schritt, der in der amerikanischen Geschichte noch nie unternommen wurde, ob der Kongress die Wähler außer Kraft setzen und eine Präsidentschaftswahl stürzen sollte", sagte er im Senat nach Rep Gosar und einer Reihe von GOP-Senatoren, darunter Sen Ted Cruz , protestierte gegen Arizonas Stimmenzahl im Electoral College.
McConnell verspottete Trumps Behauptungen eines weit verbreiteten Wahlbetrugs in einer fünfminütigen Rede, die eine seiner letzten als Mehrheitsführer sein wird und die seiner Meinung nach die wichtigste Abstimmung seiner Karriere war.
"The allegations range from specific local allegations to constitutional arguments and sweeping conspiracy theories," said McConnell.
He reminded the senators that he supported Trump in the application of the country's legal system, which handed loss to loss to the president and his team. And pointed out that these cases were heard by some of the "all-star judges the president himself nominated" – including the US Supreme Court.
McConnell said each election is plagued by a few cases of voting irregularities. "And of course that is unacceptable," he said.
McConnell mocked President Donald Trump's claims of widespread electoral fraud in what will be one of his last five-minute speeches as a majority leader – and which he believes was the most important vote of his career
Der oberste Republikaner des Senats sagte auch, er unterstütze "starke staatlich geführte Wahlreformen" und fügte hinzu, dass er nicht wollte, dass "bizarre Pandemieverfahren des letzten Jahres" – wie Briefwahlzettel, die den Demokraten einen Vorteil verschafften – zur neuen Norm wurden . & # 39;
"But my colleagues, nothing before us proves illegality anywhere near the massive scale, the massive scale that would have affected the entire election," argued McConnell. "Even public doubts alone cannot justify a radical break if the doubt itself was instigated without evidence."
He pointed out that the Constitution gives Congress a "limited role".
"We just can't make ourselves the national steroids electoral board," said McConnell.
McConnell twisted the knife in Trump, pointing out that the race between Biden and Trump "wasn't unusually close".
"The electoral college's leeway was almost the same as it was in 2016," McConnell said.
"If this election were overturned by mere allegations on the losing side, our democracy would get into a death spiral," warned McConnell. "We'd never see an entire nation accept elections again."
"Every four years there would be a power struggle at any cost," he added.
TRUMP & # 39; S STOP THE STEAL RALLY
Dies geschah, nachdem Trump "schwache" Republikaner verärgert und von Pence Treue zu einer Kundgebung in der Nähe des Weißen Hauses gefordert hatte, wo er forderte, dass Pence und der Kongress die Wahlergebnisse, die zu seiner Niederlage führten, aufheben.
In an extraordinary speech, just minutes before a joint session of Congress, Trump again called his election "rigged" to count the certified votes that made him lose to Joe Biden.
Trump labeled votes that came in after 10pm after election night – which consisted of personal and postal ballot papers, and denied him the leadership he and his pollsters expected – as "these explosions of bullsh * t."
Members of the crowd immediately sang "Bullshit!" In answer.
"Unsere Wahl war um 10 Uhr abends vorbei", sagte Trump.
Trump mocked his party's 2012 Republican presidential candidate, Now-Sen. Mitt Romney, who had pocketed his own race at the time.
& # 39; We will never admit. That doesn't happen, ”he said – although the loss of candidates has been admitted for generations. “There has never been anything like it. It's pure theft. & # 39;
Trump's comments represented a declaration of war on elements of his party after his attorney Rudy Giuliani called for "trial by battle" against opponents of his allegations of electoral fraud.
Trump spoke to several thousand people – but referred to them as "hundreds of thousands" of followers conceived on a lawn south of the White House where not so many people live.
He said his election was stolen by the fake news media. They did and they do. & # 39;
Speaking to thousands of supporters near the White House at his "Save America" rally on Wednesday, Trump declared war on his own party by calling Republicans who opposed him "weak".
Hours after a humiliating defeat in one race in the Georgia Senate and the prospect of losing another, Team Trump showed no signs of conceding
A booth has been set up at the foot of the U.S. Capitol with a pro-Trump supporter holding a flag hours before Congress meets to confirm the electoral college vote for Biden
A crowd of Trump supporters gathered outside the White House for a rally on Wednesday
He urged his supporters to march to Congress, which should start the counting at 1 p.m.
"We'll go down to the Capitol and cheer for our brave senators and congressmen," he said, speaking from behind a pane of bulletproof material.
He turned the heat on Pence, a potential 2024 contender who will lead the count. Its role is set out in the Constitution and the Election Census Act and is largely ceremonial.
"Mike Pence is going to have to come through for us and if he doesn't it will be a sad day for our country because you vowed to uphold our constitution," he said.
Trump admitted that he tried to pressure Pence to reject votes from states he lost, quoting from a conversation he has denied.
"All Vice President Pence has to do is send it back to the states for recertification and we will become President and you are the happiest people," he told his fans, who cheered, "Stop the steal!" sometimes.
& # 39; I told Mike it doesn't take courage. What takes courage is nothing to be done. It takes courage. And then we're stuck with a president who lost the election a lot and we have to live with that, ”he said of Biden.
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