- After several Republican representatives changed their minds following the unprecedented siege of the Capitol by Trump supporters the Presidency of Joe Biden has finally been ratified.
In the eraly hours of this morning the United States Congress has finally certified the victory of Joe Biden following the presidential elections, after the constitutional process was interrupted on Wednesday by an unprecedented assault on the Capitol by supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump, in which four people lost their lives.
“Let’s get back to work. ” With these words, vice president Mike Pence resumed the session at around 8:00 p.m. local time (02:00 a.m. in Spain) , after more than three hours of siege and chaos in the seat of American democracy.
When the session restarted, Pence sent a strong message to those who had taken part in the riots: “They have not won,” he said, once the representatives were able to return to the chamber, escorted by the security forces.
These events, unprecedented in Washington , have opened a major split in the Republican Party and led to several resignations from the group of Senators closest to Trump, after the president insisted on his accusations of fraud.
Several Republican senators also backed down and decided to support the certification of the electoral results.
“Do not count on me. Enough is enough,” said Senator Lindsey Graham, who supported the Arizona result.
The leader of the Republican majority in Congress, Mitch McConnell, spoke along similar lines to Pence when the session resumed. “We will complete the process in the correct way. We will follow our precedents, our laws and our Constitution to the letter, and we will certify the winner of the 2020 presidential elections,” he said.
“We will not be diverted from our duty, “said the president of the House of Representatives, Democrat Nancy Pelosi, whose office was even occupied by one of the assailants on Wednesday afternoon, a man who took a ‘selfie’ with his feet on the Pelosi’s desk.
The Senate rejected the objection against the Arizona results by an overwhelming majority of 93 votes to six, even though more than twice as many Republican senators were initially expected to support it.
Subsequently, the House of Representatives did the same and rejected any possibility of reversing the result in that state.
However, the process has dragged on for several more hours: in a joint session of both chambers, Republicans’ objections against the results in several states have declined one after another, as they did not have the backing of a senator, but they did have to debate the Pennsylvania result, as it had the support of Senator Josh Hawley.