Ayyyeee… What’s Goodie Everyone. So I got some major tea and it involves Congress, The election and Donald Trump.
Members of Congress put a final stamp on President elect Joe Biden’s victort bringing an end to a historically turbulent post election period.
The lawmakers convened on Wednesday evening after hours of delay. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she had consulted with fellow congressional leaders, the Pentagon, the Justice Department and Vice President Pence before concluding that Congress should move ahead with the ceremony interrupted earlier in the day by rioters created and provoked to action by Trump at a morning rally.
Both chambers picked up where they had left off before the evacuation, considering a challenge to Biden’s 11 electoral votes in Arizona. The Senate rejected the challenge by 93 to 6 and the House by 303 to 121. House members also objected when Pence read the tallies from Georgia, Michigan and Nevada, but those challenges died when no senators joined them. After midnight a challenge to Pennsylvania’s count, joined by Senator Josh Hawley (R.MO.), prompted the two chambers to consider that state’s electoral vote. The Senate did not even debate before voting 92 to 7 to reject the challenge, while the House debated the full two hours ahead of a 282 to 138 vote of rejection.
Earlier in the day, the ceremonial reading of the electoral votes just started when pro Trump rioters rushed the building at around 2 p.m., forcing the evacuation of both chambers of Congress. For hours, rioters rampaged through the Capitol complex. One woman was fatally shot in the building. Only after the D.C. National Guard had been activated and political leaders in both parties condemned the rioting and appealed for calm did authorities declare the Capitol was secure.
The outcome of the congressional proceedings had been clear from the start, especially after Pence announced he would reject pleas from the president to use his role as the session’s presiding officer to hand a win to Trump. McConnell, who also had said little publicly about the process before Wednesday, delivered a stirring opening floor speech imploring his colleagues not to damage democracy by objecting to the votes. “Voters, the courts, and the states have all spoken they’ve all spoken. If we overrule them, it would damage our republic forever,” he said.
In a video message released Thursday evening, Trump denounced and tried to distance himself from the attack in his name.“America is and must always be a nation of law and order,” “The demonstrators who infiltrated the Capitol have defiled the seat of American democracy. To those who engaged in the acts of violence and destruction: You do not represent our country. And to those who broke the law: You will pay.”
Reading off a script in a flat voice, Trump claimed he immediately deployed the National Guard to help secure the building and expel the intruders. Others have disputed that account and Trump also claimed his attempts to overturn the election results were simply his efforts to “ensure the integrity of the vote.” The video appeared to be the closest Trump has come to formally conceding to Biden.“Now, Congress has certified the results,” he said. “A new administration will be inaugurated on January 20th. My focus now turns to ensuring a smooth, orderly and seamless transition of power. This moment calls for healing and reconciliation. 2020 has been a challenging time for our people. A menacing pandemic has upended the lives of our citizens, isolated millions in their homes, damaged our economy and claimed countless lives. Defeating this pandemic and rebuilding the greatest economy on Earth will require all of us working together. It will require a renewed emphasis on the civic values of patriotism, faith, charity, community and family. We must revitalize the sacred bonds of love and loyalty that bind us together as one national family.”He closed by saying serving as president had been “the honor of my lifetime” and with a message to his base.