Congress officially confirmed the election of Joe Biden as the new president of the United States the day after a mob invaded the Capitol in an attempt to avoid recognizing President Donald Trump as the loser in the race.
The U.S. Congress early Thursday confirmed Joe Biden’s election as president a day after a crowd of Donald Trump supporters invaded the Capitol to prevent confirmation of Biden’s victory.
In a mob riot and a congressional infiltration on Wednesday, four people are dead, including one woman. Tear gas was used, but it is unclear whether the protesters or the police. Members of Congress were evacuated from the building. In addition, explosive devices were found at the headquarters of the Republican National Committee and the US Capitol complex.
Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser has announced a curfew for the city from 6 pm ET Wednesday to 6 am Thursday. As of 9:30 pm ET Wednesday, at least 52 people have been arrested in Washington.
After security was restored to the streets and the building by the County National Guard and police, lawmakers returned to Congress confirming Biden’s victory over Trump through an Electoral College vote count. Biden scored 271 votes in the Electoral College, one more than needed to win the White House. An overwhelming majority in both houses overruled attempts by some Republicans to object to Biden’s electoral college victory in Arizona and Pennsylvania.
Senate Republican and Democratic faction leaders condemned Trump’s statements. Trump’s calls and unfounded words about election fraud provoked unrest and the storming of Congress by his supporters; over the past two months, he refused to admit his defeat, claiming that elections were rigged, which were recognized as fair and democratic by all US authorities and countries.
Vice President Mike Pence, who has been urged by Trump to object to the electoral college decision, declined to do so, claiming that he did not have such power and urged him to follow the US Constitution and laws.
On Wednesday evening, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called the storming of the Capitol “unacceptable.”
“Today there has been a shameful attack on our democracy. It was sanctioned at the highest level of government. However, this cannot deter us from our responsibility to validate the election of Joe Biden, ”wrote House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Senator Kelly Loeffler, Georgia, who lost the early election on Tuesday night, reversed her position by declaring in the Senate Hall ahead of the vote that she would not mind the Biden vote count.
Under pressure from both factions, Trump has made an appeal to supporters for peace and called for “go home.” Facebook (FB) and Twitter (TWTR) have blocked Trump’s accounts.
World leaders have condemned the actions of Trump supporters, who were shocked by a video of crowds of people invading the US Capitol.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson called the unfolding protest in Washington “shameful”.
“The United States stands for democracy around the world, and it is now vital that a peaceful and orderly transfer of power occurs,” Johnson wrote on Twitter.
“The world is watching! We look forward to restoring calm, ”wrote Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney. He added that the images of Washington were “shocking” and that the events were “a deliberate attack on democracy.”
The heads of countries such as Canada, France, India, Spain, Sweden, Turkey and Norway, as well as the President of the UN General Assembly, expressed their hopes for the restoration of democratic processes in the United States.