After Trump supporters rioted at Capitol Hill, Congress has just affirmed President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory over President Trump, paving the way and giving the all-clear to Joe Biden’s inauguration on the 20th January.
The joint session of Congress, which is normally a ceremonial step, was halted for several hours when rioters breached the Capitol, and VP Mike Pence and Speaker Nancy Pelosi had to be escorted to safety.
Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump said that the decision represents the end of the greatest first term in presidential history, also promising an ‘orderly transition on January 20th.’
“Even though I totally disagree with the outcome of the election, and the facts bear me out, nevertheless there will be an orderly transition on January 20th,” Trump said in a statement.
“I have always said we would continue our fight to ensure that only legal votes were counted. While this represents the end of the greatest first term in presidential history, it’s only the beginning of our fight to Make America Great Again,” Trump said while repeating false claims about the election that led to a mob storming the Capitol.
Senate Chaplain Barry Black delivered a powerful prayer just moments after Congress had affirmed President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory.
“We deplore the desecration of the United States Capitol Building, the shedding of innocent blood, the loss of life, and the quagmire of dysfunction that threaten our democracy,” he said.
“These tragedies have reminded us that words matter and that the power of life and death is in the tongue,” he continued. “We have been warned that eternal vigilance continues to be freedom’s price.”