In the immediate hours of Thursday morning, Congress did everything it was always going to do and certified Joe Biden for Electoral College victory.
Vice President Mike Pence led over the joint assembly that continued Wednesday evening, crossing two days and two different versions of America, that, at last, culminated in the pro forma certification of the 2020 election at 3:45 a.m.
- Congress affirmed President-elect Joe Biden’s victory after pro-Trump rioters stormed the US Capitol.
- Trump had registered dozens of complaints claiming electoral fraud
- Certification processes were paused when the riot began. A woman was shot and killed on the Capitol soils during the riot, DC police said.
The mood and tone of the day evolved significantly following the destructive revolt staged by thousands of pro-Trump followers. The result, however, which was never directed to change other than in the subconscious of those that staged the attack, endured the same—Joe Biden will be the next leader of the United States. Vice President Mike Pence addressed the official tally of the 538 votes, articulating, once again, Biden’s win with 306 electoral votes to Trump’s 232.
Police have detained 52 people, most of them for curfew breaches. They also found two pipe-bombs at the office of the Democratic and Republican parties. Washington Police Chief Robert J Contee announced a news briefing late on Wednesday that one woman died in a local hospital after she was hit by a bullet when a police officer discharged his gun. Three others — two men and a woman — died of medical emergencies as the mob blocked all roads. Fourteen police officers were also injured in mob attacks.
“When it’s over, it’s over. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are lawfully elected and will become the president and vice president of the United States,” said Republican Senator Lindsay Graham while commenting on Thursday’s events.
After Biden’s win was confirmed, President Trump issued a statement through a White House aide because the president’s Twitter account had been suspended by the social media company prior to Wednesday. Trump’s comments for the first time accepted the outcome of the November election and pledged to leave the office on Inauguration Day. “Even though I totally disagree with the outcome of the election, and the facts bear me out, nevertheless there will be an orderly transition on January 20th, the statement read. “While this represents the end of the greatest first term in presidential history, it’s only the beginning of our fight to Make America Great Again!