US Congress affirms Biden’s victory

Updated 11:43 AM
Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America via Wikimedia Commons
Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America via Wikimedia Commons

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Congress affirmed President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory over President Trump.

The Senate and House rejected objections to throw out Georgia and Pennsylvania’s electoral votes for Biden. Republicans also objected to Arizona, Nevada and Michigan’s electoral votes, but the motions failed before they reached debate.

On Wednesday evening four people died on the U.S. Capitol grounds Wednesday and 52 people have been arrested, Metropolitan Police Department Chief Robert J. Contee said Wednesday evening, after supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol in an unprecedented effort to stop Congress from certifying President-elect Joe Biden’s election victory.

Coming 14 days before the end of his presidency, the unprecedented episode prompted renewed calls for Trump’s impeachment and fresh talk of the 25th Amendment that would remove him from office. Several senior White House staffers resigned and many more, including the President’s national security adviser, were also considering leaving in protest.

The world leaders showed their dismay. 

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted “Disgraceful scenes in the U.S. Congress.” “The United States stands for democracy around the world and it is now vital that there should be a peaceful and orderly transfer of power”, he said. 

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg posted on Twitter, Shocking scenes in Washington D.C., The outcome of this democratic election must be respected.” Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte directly implored Trump to acknowledge Biden’s victory. French President Emmanuel Macron said that what happened today in Washington, D.C. is not American, definitely. We believe in the strength of our democracy. We believe in the strength of American democracy.”

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen spoke about faith “in the strength of US institutions and democracy” and said she looked forward to working with Biden. 

European Parliament President David Sassoli sent a letter of support to Pelosi. “My thoughts are very much for the safety of you and your fellow colleagues and I hope that order can be swiftly restored and that a peaceful transfer of power can take place, in line with the wishes of the American people,” he wrote. “You have my full support and solidarity in these very challenging moments.”

EU’s foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, tweeted. “This is not America. The election results of 3 November must be fully respected. In the eyes of the world, American democracy tonight appears under siege.

In another development, American Airlines and Delta Air Lines said on Wednesday they are working with law enforcement and airport agencies in the Washington area to ensure the safety of travelers and workers after supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol.