Congress approved Biden's victory: Trump's reaction and the results of protests in Washington
The US Congress has officially confirmed Joe Biden's victory in the presidential election. But the fulfillment of this age-old tradition was accompanied by large-scale riots near the Capitol. Writes about it ABC.
The House and Senate confirmed Joe Biden's victory early Thursday morning, January 7, local time. As a result of the meeting, the distribution of electoral votes 306 to 232 in favor of Biden was confirmed.
The 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump, who announced the previous evening that he would "never give in", after the Congress vote for the first time admitted defeat in the elections and promised "an orderly transfer of power."
Riots in Washington
On January 6, Trump supporters broke through metal security barriers, shattered windows and stormed the Capitol building... For the breakthrough, the protesters used chemical irritants - it could be tear gas, chloroacetophenone (popularly called bird cherry) and other irritants (the police have not yet been able to pinpoint the substance used). It is for this reason that the Capitol police were forced to retreat. Independent.
An angry mob forced members of Congress and their aides to flee the building under cover of the Capitol police.
The protests began shortly after Trump reiterated his unsubstantiated allegations of election fraud to the thousands of demonstrators he invited to Washington.
Hundreds of Trump supporters have stormed the barricades at the back of the Capitol and are marching toward the building. pic.twitter.com/68nB7QyiP9
- Rebecca Tan (@rebtanhs) January 6, 2021
Thirteen Republican senators and dozens of Republican Party officials planned to appeal the election results in 6 states. The attack on the Capitol caused some Republicans to back down, and as a result, only Arizona and Pennsylvania were appealed against the electoral results. But attempts to reverse these results have been unsuccessful.
Unfortunately, there were some casualties. According to the latest data, 4 people have died. This was stated by the head of the local police Robert Conti, writes RIA News".
US Air Force veteran Ashley Babbitt was seriously wounded in the riots and died in hospital.
“One Capitol police officer fired a service weapon at a woman. She was taken to hospital, where, despite all attempts to save her life, she died. In addition, three more deaths were reported today near the Capitol, ”Conti said.
According to him, all the victims required urgent medical attention and they were all adults.
Conti added that at least 14 police officers were injured, and two required hospitalization. During the riots, 52 people were detained, some for illegal possession of weapons, most for violating the curfew imposed in the District of Columbia.
Trump pledges "orderly transition of power"
Donald Trump said there would be an "orderly transition of power" on January 20.
“Even though I totally disagree with the election results and the facts confirm that I won, there will nevertheless be an orderly transition of power on January 20,” Trump said in a statement posted on Twitter by Presidential Aide Dan Scavino.
His personal account was blocked by the social network for posting messages that, according to the social network, justified the attack on the Capitol.
Trump stressed: "While this marks the end of the greatest first presidential term in history, it is only the beginning of our struggle to make America great again!"
On Wednesday, January 6, Trump urged his supporters to march to the Capitol to protest the actions of politicians. But later, after the start of the riots, asked everyone to go home "in peace".
He also praised the protesters as “special” people and said he understood their pain.
Social media giants banned Trump from posting
Twitter microblogging blocked Trump's account for the first time. The giant demanded that the tweets be removed and threatened to "permanently block" the account.
Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat have followed suit.
Trump's reaction to the violence underscored his long-standing obsession with trying to overturn election results.
He spent the last days of his presidency viciously fighting Republicans for perceived disloyalty and refusing to admit defeat or yield.
A White House spokesman said much of Trump's attention has been consumed by his anger at Vice President Mike Pence, who has said he will not challenge voters' will in the congressional vote count.
The world is shocked by the events in Washington
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is "outraged and saddened" by the storming of the Capitol and condemns Trump's actions, writes with the BBC.
“I deeply regret that President Trump did not admit defeat from November until yesterday. Doubts about the outcome of the elections were deliberately sown, and as a result an atmosphere was created in which the events of the past night became possible, ”she said.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also expressed his outrage.
“The defeat of the Capitol is an outrageous act worthy of the most decisive condemnation,” he said at a meeting with US Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin.
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“In such circumstances, it is very important that political leaders convince their supporters to refrain from violence, to respect democratic processes and the rule of law,” said UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said he "condemns the unprecedented violence" at the Capitol.
“We strongly condemn the unprecedented violence against the US Congress. We are inspired by the resilience of the world's oldest and greatest democratic institution, which, just hours after this horrific attack, held a historic meeting that reaffirmed the will of the American people, ”Zelenskiy wrote in your Twitter.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has not yet expressed his attitude to the events in Washington, and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said that “no one could have thought that something like this would happen in Washington,” writes Newspaper.
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