Certification Continues Despite Protests (Washington DC) – Certification of Electoral College votes are continuing tonight despite the numerous, sometimes violent, protests that halted the count earlier this morning.
Senators and members of Congress had to be evacuated from the Capitol Building when protesters breached the building and stopped the count of Electoral votes.
President Trump has Tweeted his displeasure of the election results and has apparently incited the violence. “Get smart Republicans. FIGHT!” his account Tweeted, following with statement putting Pence in the spotlight, “If Vice President @Mike_Pence comes through for us, we will win the Presidency.” Later, after Vice President Pence declared that he had “no unilateral authority to decide presidential contests,” Trump called him out, Tweeting, “Mike Pence didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and Constitution, giving States a chance to certify a corrected set of facts, not the fraudulent or inaccurate ones which they were asked to previously certify. USA demands the truth!” President Trump’s Twitter account has since been “locked” for at least 12 hours, and faces possible deletion.
Several lawmakers and reported have implored Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment, which would remove Trump from the office of President and place the office in the hands of Pence. Rep. Ilhan Omar, (D – Minnesota) stated that she was drafting an Articles of Impeachment against Trump, stating that, “Donald J. Trump should be impeached by the House of Representatives & removed from office by the United States Senate. We can’t allow him to remain in office, it’s a matter of preserving our Republic and we need to fulfill our oath.”
It is being reported that the certification will be “truncated.” What that exactly means remains to be seen. Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) stated earlier that, “We always knew this responsibility would take us into the night. The night may still be long but we are hopeful for a shorter agenda, but our purpose will be accomplished.”
Certification Continues Despite Protests