Vice-President Mike Pence, who as president of the Senate oversaw the certification process, confirmed to Congress that, of the 538 electoral college votes cast, Joe Biden and Kamal Harris received 306 and Donald Trump and Mike Pence received 232 – mirroring the results of November’s election.
“The announcement of the state of the vote by the President of the Senate shall be deemed as sufficient declaration of the persons elected President and Vice President of the United States, each for the term beginning on the 20th day of January 2021 and shall be entered together with the list of the votes on the journals of the Senate and the House of Representatives,” Pence said.
The awaited announcement come hours after chaos descended on Washington, putting the US Capitol into full lockdown after rioters many armed stormed the building lotting and push to stop the senate confirmation of Joe Biden. Protestors were able to get to the senate doors forcing Representatives and Senators to take cover, while armed security tired to protects and final have to barricade a number of them in.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Vice-Presidents Pence and majority and minority a leaders and a number of people in the building were quickly removed and taken to a secure location at Capitol, shortly after when they were able to securely removed the remained members from the senator floor were some 400 members and staff were held together in an undisclosed secure location for hours.
4 dead and 2 bombs found
The chaotic scenes came after Mr Pence had defied the president by saying he would not intervene in the confirmation of Mr Biden’s victory by Congress.
Mr Trump turned on his vice president, claiming Mr Pence “didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done”.
Trump held a rally earlier in the day, during a speech Trump had asked his supporters to march towards the Capitol in protest. They breached the building while Congress was certifying Joe Biden’s win.
4 people have been confirmed dead following the riots, a woman was shot in the neck within the Capitol building and later died in hospital.
3 other people died of “medical emergencies” during the protests, Washington DC police confirmed, with officers making 52 arrests.
2 pipe bombs were also found near the headquarters for the Republican National Committee and Democratic National Committee, both of which were safely detonated.
Trump has been banned from twitter after sharing a social media message to protesters he said “I love you” before telling them to go home. He also repeated false claims about election fraud.
Twitter said it required the removal of three tweets for “severe violations of our Civic Integrity policy”. The company said the president’s account would remain locked for good if the tweets were not removed.
Unable to tweet himeself, following the confirmation of Biden and Harrir Trump’s deputy chief of staff Dan Scavino shared a statement on his behalf saying:
“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,” the unswerving president said.