Both the Senate and House of Representatives have affirmed Joe Biden will be the next President of the United States following yesterday’s violent attack on the Capitol that put a temporary halt to the certification process.
Congress certified the results in the early hours of Thursday morning. Shortly after Mike Pence affirmed Biden’s win, President Trump put out a statement through surrogates stating that, “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 statement had to be made through surrogates due to the fact that Twitter and Facebook had both suspended the President’s accounts following yesterday’s events.
Despite the breach of the Capitol, many members of Congress on both sides of the aisle were determined to go forward with the certification process — considered a symbolic act to signal the peaceful transition process between administrations.
“Today’s shameful assault on our democracy — anointed at the highest level of government — must not deter us from our responsibility to the Constitution,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued in a statement on Twitter last night. “Tonight, we will move forward with the certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s election.”
The certification process resumed only after law enforcement had cleared the Capitol and a curfew was enforced across D.C. and the surrounding areas. Despite earlier objections to the electoral college results by a handful of Republican Senators, the process resumed without incident.
Today, members of both parties are calling for further action, including the possibility of removing Trump from office before January 20th, either through impeachment or by evoking the 25th amendment.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 7, 2021