Donald Trump has promised an "orderly transfer of power" after Joe Biden's election victory was finally confirmed by Congress – a process delayed hours after the president's supporters unrest in the US Capitol, leaving four dead.
Trump, who was temporarily banned from Twitter after the uprising, issued a statement through his social media director Dan Scavino, in which he said: “Even if I disagree with the election result at all and the facts still confirm me January there will be an orderly transition.
“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 history of the president, it is only the beginning of our struggle to make America great again!"
The statement came after one of the darkest days in American political history, which began with Trump urging his supporters to march on the Capitol to prevent certification of the result, and ended with four deaths.
Congress had to be interrupted when Trump's supporters rioted, looted and broke into convention offices in the symbolic homeland of Western democracy, when politicians put on gas masks and fled under armed guard.
One woman – 14-year-old Air Force veteran Ashli Babbit – was shot dead in the building. Pipe bombs were left outside the headquarters of the Democratic and Republican National Committees and a truck full of rifles and Molotov cocktails was confiscated.
As the anarchy raged, Trump's own cabinet began discussing the use of the 25th Amendment to invalidate him before his term officially ends on January 20 at 12:00 p.m. when Joe Biden is inaugurated. CBS News reported.
Meanwhile, Trump has been booted on social media for 24 hours after calling the mob "great patriots" and claiming without evidence that the election was "viciously stolen".
Congress was finally able to return to a session where the normally routine deal of confirming Joe Biden's victory was closed with Vice President Mike Pence sealing his fate despite Trump's pressure to rebel.
In the midst of anarchy in the USA …
- Two pipe bombs were recovered near the Capitol after being left outside the offices of the Democratic and Republican National Committees
- A truck full of long guns – rifles and shotguns – and Molotov cocktails was discovered by officers
- Three people died of "individual medical emergencies" around the Capitol while others were injured, including a man who was reportedly stabbed outside the Trump International Hotel
- The National Guard was called in by Mike Pence to restore order when a 6pm curfew went into effect in DC
- 52 people were arrested, including four for carrying pistols and a fifth for carrying an unspecified weapon
- Trump was kicked off Twitter and Facebook for 24 hours after calling the rioters "great patriots" and continuing to claim without evidence that the election was "viciously stolen" from him
On Wednesday, anarchy reigned in the U.S. Capitol after thousands of Donald Trump supporters marched into the building at the President's insistence to try to prevent Congress from confirming Joe Biden's election victory
Guns were drawn in the chamber of the house as dozen of Trump supporters broke into the building, got excited, looted, clashed with security forces, and broke into congressional offices
One woman – 14-year-old Air Force veteran Ashli Babbit – was shot dead in the Capitol when three others died of "individual medical emergencies" on the Capitol grounds.
After Donald Trump banned Twitter after calling the rioters "great patriots", it was left to his social media director Dan Scavino to issue an election result statement promising an "orderly transition".
Babbit (pictured right) has been described by her husband as a "great patriot to everyone who knew her" and a passionate Trump supporter
A protester hangs on the balcony in the Senate Chamber
Members of Congress run for cover as protesters attempt to enter the house chamber
Trump supporters stand in the Capitol before storming the house chamber on Wednesday afternoon
A wall of Trump supporters can be seen outside the Capitol before crowds broke barriers and stormed inside
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
Babbit was identified by her husband as the woman who was shot in the Capitol. She said she was a 14-year-old veteran who completed four tours with the Air Force as a "senior security officer", ardent supporter of Trump and "great patriot" everyone who knew her ".
It remains unclear who shot Babbit when the Metropolitan Police Department in DC is investigating her death. Witness testimony and videos of the incident indicated that she may have been shot by police while trying to climb through a broken window near the chambers of congress.
DC Mayor Muriel Bowser declared a state of emergency in the city for the next 15 days until Biden's inauguration.
Biden himself spoke out in the midst of anarchy, calling the rioters "extremists" "committed to lawlessness" while urging Trump "to go on national television to keep his oath and defend the Constitution and put an end to it." to claim this siege ".
Pence seals Trump's fate: Vice President ends 15-hour attempt to reverse the election result
Vice President Mike Pence ended Donald Trump's desperate campaign to overturn the election at 3:41 a.m. on Thursday when he upheld President-elect Joe Biden's victory – despite objections from numerous Republicans.
Pence made the final announcement after a nearly 15-hour saga in which supporters of President Donald Trump attacked the U.S. Capitol building in a day of slaughter and shame.
The rioters tried to stop the normally routine business of confirming the US election result, which was rejected by Republicans from the House and Senate, led by Texas Senator Ted Cruz.
They broke into the building as both the House and Senate discussed the Arizona outcome, which switched from Trump to Biden and delayed the session by hours.
The politicians were eventually able to return to where the challenge was shot down by overwhelming majorities in both houses.
A Pennsylvania result challenge was then discussed late into the night before it was eventually shredded as well.
Attempted challenges to the Georgia, Michigan, and Nevada outcomes failed after the Republicans, expected to support them, withdrew their post-riot objections.
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.
Trump now faces some end to his presidency on Jan. 20, but could bring that date forward as members of his own cabinet are reportedly considering disqualifying him on the 25th amendment.
Democrats are also believed to be considering yet another attempt to indict him with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell – formerly their biggest obstacle to impeachment – who is now openly rebelling against Trump.
It comes after Republicans lost both Georgia Senate seats in runoff elections, which cost McConnell his job in a defeat largely due to Trump's election fraud.
Congress was eventually able to return to a session that confirmed Biden's election victory, despite continued objections from Republican senators and congressmen.
The lawmakers were seen flanked by armed guards as they returned to the chambers.
Trump's fate was sealed by Vice President Pence At 3:41 a.m. on Thursday morning, he confirmed the victory of President-elect Joe Biden, despite attempts by numerous Republicans to object.
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.
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.
House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi announced that certification would be resumed in a letter to Democratic colleagues. She wrote, "We have decided to continue at the Capitol tonight as soon as it is cleared for use."
“We always knew that this responsibility would lead us into the night. The night may still be long, but we hope for a shorter agenda, but our goal will be achieved, ”she said.
Vice President Mike Pence reopened the Senate by condemning the violent siege "in the strongest" – but did not blame Trump for inciting the MAGA mob.
"For those who wreaked havoc in our capital today, you didn't win," Pence said. & # 39; Violence never wins. Freedom wins. And that's still the people's house. & # 39;
The vice president who chairs the special session of the Senate 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.
Objections were raised in the Senate in Arizona and Pennsylvania, but both were torpedoed by majority votes.
The Republicans of the House also tried to question the results in Georgia, Michigan and Nevada but had no definitive support.
The Pennsylvania poll ended just before 1 a.m., effectively ending the 12-hour certification saga.
The chaotic scenes came around 3 p.m. shortly after Trump approached thousands of his supporters and encouraged 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.
When the mob broke police barriers and stormed into the Capitol, lawmakers crouching in the house chamber 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.
For the refugees it was a race against time: the demonstrators got in as quickly as the congress members could get out.
The DC National Guard was dispatched to the streets to enforce a 6 p.m. curfew
Members of the National Guard line up on the Capitol grounds as protesters continue to occupy the area after the curfew
A protester battles a riot police outside the Capitol after the 6 p.m. curfew went into effect
Paramedics are working to resuscitate a patient near the Capitol after being stormed by Trump supporters on Wednesday
Just before 8 p.m., the legislators who had been brought to safety at the beginning of the siege returned to the Capitol to continue the joint session and to confirm the election of the electoral college for the presidential election
The lawmakers were seen flanked by armed guards as they entered the Capitol
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.
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".
The chaos began with a rally outside the White House where Trump reiterated unsubstantiated allegations of electoral fraud and urged his supporters to march on the Capitol to propose that he join them
Rudy Giuliani, Trump's personal attorney, called for "trial by struggle" during an incendiary speech at Wednesday's rally
Leigh Ann Luck, disguised as the Statue of Liberty, calls out as a supporter of the protest of US President Donald Trump
Members of Congress ran off the ground when police ordered them to evacuate to their offices for their own safety after a mob broke the police barricades
Paramedics and protesters work together to move a wounded man onto a barrier near the Capitol
Police are trying to hold back protesters who break into a door in the Capitol on Wednesday
The mostly maskless crowd flooded the halls of the Capitol with little resistance from the Capitol Police
A protester walks through Congress with Nancy Pelosi's lectern after storming the Capitol
A Trump supporter posed next to a statue of President Gerald Ford in the Capitol
Police used tear gas on protesters who refused to move from barriers outside the White House
Police spray tear gas on a protester who has been opening a police barricade to get closer to the Capitol
“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.
A rioter holds a trump flag in the U.S. Capitol after storming the building. He stands in front of a painting depicting the Battle of Lake Erie – the great victory of the US Navy in the War of 1812
Capitol Police are holding protesters outside the chamber on Wednesday
Lawmakers were asked to put on gas masks when police fired tear gas to stop the protesters
Representative David Trone wears a gas mask in the U.S. Capitol. Legislators crouched in the chamber of the house were asked to put on gas masks while tear gas was being fired in the rotunda
Members of Congress rush to evacuate the chamber of the house as protesters attempted to enter
Legislators huddled in fear as protesters tried to break down the doors of the house chamber on Wednesday
The storm stalled confirmation of Joe Biden's victory – after Pence said he would defy Trump and refuse to overthrow the election with one hand
Supporters of US President Donald Trump roam under the Capitol rotunda after the march into the Capitol
Protesters point to the US Capitol Police in the corridor outside the Senate Chamber in the Capitol
A supporter of US President Donald J. Trump sits on the desk of US Spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi
Blood is seen on the ground after a woman was shot dead during a riot in the Capitol on Wednesday
Protesters used a barrier to tear down a door in the Capitol on Wednesday
Media members are working to record damaged equipment in the chaos outside the Capitol
FBI agents arrive on Capitol grounds to enforce a 6 p.m. curfew
& # 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."
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.
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;
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: Protesters hold a rally in support of US President Donald Trump at the Oregon State Capitol in Salem
TEXAS: Jack Finger of San Antonio is protesting the election with supporters of President Donald Trump on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at the Austin Capitol
ATLANTA: The Georgia Capitol Police led Georgian Foreign Minister Brad Raffensperger (above) and his staff out of the building shortly before 3 p.m.
"I will not betray my oath": Pence publicly opposes Trump's request to block Biden's confirmation
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
Members of the far right group Proud Boys make "OK" hand gestures indicating "white power" during the chaos
Tear gas was used by Capitol Police as protesters filled both the house and Senate sides of the Capitol
Capitol Police spray tear gas on Trump supporters as they attempt to break a police cordon
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
When the certification process began just after 1 p.m. on Wednesday, lawmakers came through Alabama and Alaska, two states that had voted for Trump before the first objection was filed against Arizona.
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.
The Democrats in the chamber groaned audibly while the Republicans in the chamber stood up and clapped.
The move forced Pence to remove the houses from the joint session. 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.
Speaker Pelosi led the debate. 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;
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, shamed Trump and his own Republican colleagues for increasingly questioning the electoral college vote, saying it could create a "death spiral" in American democracy – and pointed out that it is there is no real evidence of widespread electoral fraud.
"We are debating a move never taken in American history, whether Congress should override voters and overthrow a presidential election," he said in the Senate after Rep Gosar and a number of GOP senators, including Sen Ted Cruz, protested Arizona's Electoral College vote.
McConnell mocked Trump's claims of widespread electoral fraud in what will be one of his last as a majority leader's five-minute speech, and which he believes was the most important vote of his career.
"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
The Senate top Republican also said he supports "strong government-led electoral reforms", adding that he did not want "last year's bizarre pandemic trials" – like postal ballot papers that gave Democrats an edge – the new norm. & # 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
It came after Trump angered "weak" Republicans and demanded allegiance from Pence at a rally near the White House where he demanded that Pence and Congress overturn the election results that led to his defeat.
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.
"Our election was over at 10 p.m.," said 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.
“If we are wrong we will be fooled, but if we are right many of them will go to jail. Let's try a fight, ”he said, not explaining exactly what he meant by fight
Donald Trump Jr., the president's eldest son, has called for Republican Party lawmakers in Congress to be "the hero, not the zero" and refuse to confirm President-elect Joe Biden's victory
Thousands of President Trump's supporters can be seen near the Washington Monument for the Save America rally on Wednesday
Trump pointed to his own vote count, but denied Biden's was real.
"And by the way, does anyone think Joe had 80 million votes?" Trump asked rhetorically. “Does anyone believe that? He had 80 million computer votes. It's a shame, ”said Trump.
His mention of the pandemic was in relation to his own race, with millions voting in the mail as thousands battled infection in a year. More than 300,000 Americans died from COVID-19.
"They used the pandemic to trick people into making a right choice," Trump said.
& # 39; Eight weeks. I want to go back eight weeks. Let's go back eight weeks, ”he pondered once, describing a conversation with an unnamed official who told him he would be banned in 2024 to win.
Trump repeatedly formulated his demands not as an attempt to overthrow the votes of the people, but as a legal effort.
"Someone says, well, we have to obey the constitution," said Trump. "And you are because you are protecting our country and protecting the Constitution as you are," he said.
He said it would protect the country from having an "illegitimate president".
& # 39; The states have been betrayed. You have received false information, "claimed Trump.
During various tangents, he complained about how he was treated on social media, for example when he tweeted “I get a flag”. "I don't care about Twitter, the bad news from Twitter," he said afterwards.
He persecuted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell several times, including for not following his proposal to change communications laws.
"I helped Mitch get elected," he said of the longtime incumbent.
"And then all of a sudden you have something like this," he said, persecuting "weak Republicans" and "pathetic Republicans" – even though a top official in Georgia blamed him for the probable defeats of two incumbent Republicans in the Senate.
He also called out Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) After she commented that not accepting state certified voters would be against the constitution.
"The Liz Cheneys of the world, we have to get rid of them," said Trump.
"Brian Kemp – please the hell get him out of office," Trump said of the Georgia governor.
He said Georgia's Foreign Secretary Brad Raffensperger had "no idea" what was going on, but then said "maybe" that he was with the other side – the Democrats.
"I can't believe this guy was a Republican," Trump said. "He loves to record phone calls," Trump said, referring to a leaked call asking Trump to "find" 11,780 votes to make him the winner.
"People love this conversation because it says what's going on," Trump said.
Donald Trump Jr. (left), the President's eldest son, kisses his girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle (right) before speaking ahead of the rally on Wednesday
Donald Trump Jr. claimed there were 100,000 people there, but the pictures showed far fewer and he beat up elected Republicans who refused to follow his father's claims
Trump also complained about the Supreme Court failing to take a lawsuit in Texas he was trying to join, and even about his former Attorney General Bill Barr, who said before he left his post there was not enough fraud to make the outcome to change.
“I'm not happy with the Supreme Court. You want to rule against me. I picked three people. I fought like hell for one, "said Trump.
“You know, I recently read a story in one of the newspapers about how I control the three Supreme Court justices. I control them. They are puppets. I read about Bill Barr – that he's my personal attorney, that he will do anything for me.
"But he denied pulling Barr's strings." And I said you know it's really awesome because what they do is, and it really makes it really impossible for them to ever give you a win because all of a sudden Bill Barr changed if you hadn't noticed. I like Bill Barr, but he changed because he didn't want to be my personal attorney and the Supreme Court. You decided so much against me, do you know why? Because the story is, I haven't spoken to any of them. Ever since they practically got in, but the story is that they are my puppet, right, that they are puppets. And now that they can only get out like this – because they hate that it is not good in their social environment. And the only way they can get out is to rule against Trump. So let's rule against Trump and they will. & # 39;
“You know, I recently read a story in one of the newspapers about how I control the three Supreme Court justices. I control them. They are puppets. I read about Bill Barr – that he's my personal attorney, that he will do anything for me. & # 39;
But he denied pulling Barr's strings. And I said you know it's really awesome because what they do is, and it really makes it really impossible for them to ever give you a win because Bill Barr suddenly changed when you hadn't noticed. I like Bill Barr, but he changed because he didn't want to be my personal attorney and the Supreme Court. You decided so much against me, do you know why? Because the story is, I haven't spoken to any of them. Ever since they practically got in, but the story is that they are my puppet, right, that they are puppets. And now that they can only get out like this – because they hate that it is not good in their social environment. And the only way they can get out is to rule against Trump. So let's rule against Trump and they will. & # 39;
Giuliani said, “If we are wrong we will be fooled, but if we are right many of them will go to jail. Let's try a fight, ”he said, not explaining exactly what he meant by fight.
"I am ready to assert my reputation, the president is ready to base his reputation on the fact that we will find crime there," said the former New York mayor. Trump and his allies have suffered dozens of casualties in state and federal courts with election fraud lawsuits.
He spoke to thousands of cheering supporters on the ellipse south of the White House. A permit was for 30,000 people.
The President's son, Donald Trump Jr., claimed there were 100,000 people there, but the pictures showed far fewer.
He beat up elected Republicans who refused to follow his father's allegations of fraud.
"The people who did nothing to stop the theft – this gathering should send them a message. This is no longer your Republican Party. This is Donald Trump's Republican Party. This is the Republican Party that will put America first, ”he said.
His girlfriend, former Fox News personality Kimberly Guilfoyle, also spoke.
Eric Trump (right), the President's son, and his wife Lara Trump raise their fists in front of thousands of supporters near the White House on Wednesday
A militia-like group made their way to Trump's rally on Wednesday morning
Trump supporters gather near the White House and watch the rally on a large screen nearby
A woman holds a sign that reads "Trump is the Party" as the president's supporters gather in the grounds of the Washington Monument
Trump supporters brave the cold temperatures in Washington, DC on Wednesday hours before the scheduled demonstrations begin
A Trump supporter is seen at Wednesday's rally wearing a protective vest adorned with Trump badges
Trump was due to address his supporters later that morning during a rally on the ellipse south of the White House
The United States Park Police arrested a man near the Washington Monument on Wednesday
After alleging fraud in Trump's election, John Eastman claimed fraud Tuesday night, allowing Rev. Raphael Warnock to come out on top in one runoff and Democrat Jon Ossoff led in another.
Explaining how the scam he claims happened, Eastman said, “You know the old way was to have some ballot papers in a box under the floor … you put those ballots in a secret folder in the machines and waited there until they wait until they know how many they need … I can now match these unconciled ballot papers with an unconciled voter in this machine and put them together in the machine. How do we know this happened in real time last night? You saw when it got 99 percent of the vote and it stopped. & # 39;
He pointed out a late point in the vote while the counties were still tabulating votes – a version of Trump's complaint that he led to early returnees on election night in November. Last night, the Republicans led the way until additional personal votes were received in populous, democratic counties. "That means they are unloading the ballot papers from this secret folder," he claimed.
At least 10 people were arrested for gun crime and other violations, and others were seen clashing with counter-demonstrators.
A North Carolina man was arrested after being caught with an unlicensed gun.
The man was riding a bus to the capital, which was stopped by police near Ninth Street and Constitution Avenue NW.
The police got on the bus and confiscated a rifle and a pistol and a drum magazine with additional ammunition.
Many in the crowd were photographed without masks and gathered shoulder to shoulder in narrow spaces despite the raging pandemic and the spike in coronavirus cases nationwide.
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