After a chaotic day at the capitol building where pro Trump rioters breached the building.
The action finalises the 2020 US electoral process and makes clear that Biden will be inaugurated as president on January 20, President Donald Trump’s refusal to concede notwithstanding.
During the protest at US capital which killed atleast 4 people but the men and women in blue were able to secure the building.
The United States Senate will not be intimidated,” said Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell who rejected Trump’s claims of election fraud as unfounded and blasted pro-Trump protesters who stormed the US Capitol.“We will not bow to lawlessness or intimidation. We are back at our posts. We will discharge our duty under the constitution,” McConnell said when the Senate reconvened after rioters were removed from the Capitol.The US Constitution requires Congress to count the votes of the Electoral College submitted by the states. Biden won 306 electors to 232 for Trump.
Vice President Mike Pence called the day’s riots by a pro-Donald Trump mob a “dark day” and said he condemns the violence “in the strongest possible terms” as Congress returned to work on certifying his boss’ election loss.
“Let’s get back to work,” Mr Trump’s long-loyal No. 2 said to a standing ovation from senators of both parties.
‘Violence never wins’: Pence condemns Capitol riot
‘They tried to disrupt our democracy. They failed,’ Mitch McConnell said of conservative mob that stormed the Capitol
“To those who wreaked havoc in our Capitol today: you did not win. Violence never wins. Freedom wins,” he said in remarks that stood in sharp contrast to a short video Mr Trump posted essentially defending the angry mob he incited at a rally around midday. “And this is still the people’s house. And as we reconvene in this chamber the world will again witness the resilience and strength of our democracy.”
Mr Pence spoke to what he called “unprecedented violence and vandalism.”
“The violence was quelled. The capitol was secured. And the people’s work was secured. We condemn the violence that took place here in the strongest possible terms. We grieve the loss of life in these hallowed halls, as well as the injuries suffered by those who defended our capital today,”the vice president, for 13 more days, said, praising law enforcement officials even though video taken inside and outside the Capitol earlier Wednesday showed officers standing by as rioters ran amok and walked out of the building.