US President-elect Joe Biden

How Congress certifies Joe Biden as 46th US President following rowdy session

*Lawmakers count Electoral College votes after ‘lawless extremists’ stormed the Capitol Hill

*President-elect Biden says ‘I am genuinely shocked and saddened that our nation, so long the beacon of light and hope for democracy, has come to such a dark moment’

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

Sequel to several weeks of power play by outgoing President Donald Trump to overturn the latter’s electoral victory, Joe Biden was formally recognised by the Congress as the next President of the United States (US) early Thursday, January 6, 2021.

ConsumerConnect gathered the confirmation came following Trump’s failed challenges which later culminated into disruptive violence at the US Capitol, as lawmakers met to ratify the election result Wednesday.

The Democratic president-elect’s victory was sealed after House and Senate members fended off a final round of objections to the November 3, 2020 election outcome raised by a handful of Republicans on Trump’s behalf.

However, the hitherto peaceful proceedings were disrupted for several hours as pro-Trump ‘lawless extremists’ and protesters overran Police lines, besieged the US House of Representatives Chamber, and entered the Senate Chamber, thereby sending lawmakers scampering for safety in the mêlée.

But after authorities regained control of the Capitol Complex, the Congress returned to work Wednesday evening, holding two rounds of votes that culminated in affirmation of Biden’s win early Thursday.

US Congress in session after the chaos

Report indicates Vice-President Mike Pence, who had split with Trump by calling for protesters inside the Capitol to be prosecuted, presided over the certification of Biden’s 306 Electoral College votes.

Earlier Wednesday, Pence had defied the President by telling lawmakers in a letter he would make no attempt to unilaterally block the certification from proceeding.

Despite previous high horse and grandstanding, shortly after lawmakers certified the results early Thursday, Trump in a statement said there would be an “orderly transition” of power to Biden on January 20, 2021, although he noted that he continues to “disagree with the outcome of the election.”

The congressional action, usually a pro forma affair that draws little notice, will be remembered as the coda for one of the most tumultuous presidential campaigns in recent history. It was the final, official step in the drawn-out 2020 election — which is why it drew the attention of the president and thousands of his supporters he implored to come to Washington in protest.

Meanwhile, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer has placed the blame for the violence the ensued in the hallowed chambers of the Congress Building squarely on Trump, but said that Congress was not deterred.

Schumer said: “These images were projected to the world…. This will be a stain on our country not so easily washed away.

“In the end, all this mob has really accomplished is to delay our work by a few hours.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also remarked that “the United States Senate will not be intimidated.

“We will certify the winner of the 2020 election.”

Four persons reportedly died while during the pandemonium at the Congress, according to the Washington, D.C., Police Department.

At least 52 people were arrested, and a number of guns were seized, report stated.

Biden in brief remarks on the incident in Wilmington, Delaware, Wednesday stated that “I am genuinely shocked and saddened that our nation, so long the beacon of light and hope for democracy, has come to such a dark moment.

“Today is a reminder — a painful one — that democracy is fragile, and to preserve it requires people of goodwill, leaders with the courage to stand up who are devoted not to the pursuit of the power or their personal interests, pursuits of their own selfish interests, at any cost, but of the common good.”

Trump, therefore, has no further means to challenge the election outcome, barring an unlikely decision by the Supreme Court to consider his unsubstantiated claims of widespread fraud before Biden is inaugurated, according to report.

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