Earlier this morning, President Donald Trump pledged an orderly transition as soon as Congress confirmed Democrat Joe Biden’s win. Suspended from sending tweets himself, the President used White House Director of Social Media Dan Scavino’s account to deliver his message.
In a two-part tweet, the President said: “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. I have always said we would continue our fight to ensure that only legal votes were counted. 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!”
Electoral Votes Confirmation
Following a chaotic day where Trump supporters stormed the nation’s capital, Congress managed to finish its mandate to count and certify all Electoral College votes submitted by all 50 states. Biden and running mate Kamala Harris finished with 306 electoral votes, while Trump and Vice President Mike Pence earned 232. A candidate needs a minimum of 270 votes to clinch the presidency.
Earlier, Trump hoped that the presiding officer, Vice President Mike Pence, would halt the proceedings or call for an audit of the results. Pence refused, reportedly telling Trump yesterday that he does not have the authority to do so. With Trump holding a rally nearby, he asked supporters to march toward Congress to protest the certification. The incident turned into an ugly episode, as protesters clashed with police and National Guard units. When the smoke cleared, four people died. Others ended up injured or arrested.
‘You Did Not Win’
Around 8 pm, security forces cleared lawmakers to return to the Capitol and resume the session. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, in separate speeches addressed to their members, vowed to continue through the night. “We will not bow to lawlessness or intimidation. We are back at our posts,” McConnell said, “and we’re going to do it tonight.”
Upon resumption of the session, Vice President Mike Pence said: “To those who wreaked havoc in our Capitol today, you did not win. Violence never wins. Freedom wins, and this is still the people’s house.”
Many Republican House members and Senators planned to object to electoral votes submitted by disputed states that Biden won. For Congress to consider an objection, a member from both the House and the Senate should object. However, as the violence unfolded during the day, some of the lawmakers began to change their minds. Eventually, Senators Steve Daines of Montana, Mike Braun of Indiana, and Kelly Loeffler of Georgia declared they would stand down. In particular, Loeffler said that “I cannot now, in good conscience, object to the certification of these electors,” drawing applause from colleagues. Loeffler lost her Senate seat to Raphael Warnock a day earlier, giving Democrats control of the Senate. Missouri Republican Senator Josh Hawley continued with his objection. He did ask his peers to consider his objections and debate “without violence, without attacks, without bullets.”
Later, Republican senators voted to reject the challenge to Arizona’s election results. The House followed suit. This also happened in the states of Pennsylvania, with both chambers rejecting the bid to challenge the results. House members also threw challenges to results for Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, and Wisconsin. However, no senator joined the objections.
‘Make America Great Again’
With the confirmation and certification of Electoral votes by Congress, and as President Trump pledged an orderly transition of power on January 20, the 2020 election saga can now close. But, as President Trump, noted, he will continue his crusade to “make America great again.”
View the NBC news breaking report where Congress confirms Biden And Harris wins the electoral college:
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