WASHINGTON – On one of the most tense days of recent history in the United States, supporters of Donald Trump attacked Congress, where a session was held to confirm Joe Biden’s victory in the November presidential election. The first gas bombs were detonated inside and outside the building, Trump, who has maneuvers to remain in office, was the target of harsh statements by two of the Republican leaders who supported him throughout his term.
It began with Vice President Mike Pence, who has a formal role in the confirmation process. Trump wanted him to reject the results of the Electoral College and declare him re-elected. But before the session, Pence was adamant in denying the possibility.
“The founders of our country were deeply skeptical about the concentration of power and created a republic based on the separation of powers (…). Deciding presidential disputes to give the Vice President unilateral authority over the entire project. Kind of the opposite will happen, ”he said. Vice President, in a letter.
The minute after the start of the session – which, instead of just a protocol protocol rite, led to what would become a marathon of many hours as usual – Republicans presented the first question for Arizona-related, results.
Senator from Texas, Ted Cruz and Paul Gosar of Arizona, confirmed by voters in the latter state, which occurred at the beginning of the season – Arizona is the second state on the list after Alabama.
When there is a question, the certification is interrupted for two hours, and in the case of congressmen there is debate, finally voting. During the debate, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made a speech in favor of making Biden’s victory official, stating that if Republicans reject it, they will do irreparable harm to American democracy.
“It will be the most important vote ever,” McConnell said. – We cannot just declare ourselves anabolic National Electoral Council. Voters, courts and states all spoke. Everyone talked. If we reject it, we will damage our republic forever.
In addition to Arizona, at least two more disputes are expected, and it is estimated that there may be six.
Senator Kelly Loeffler of Georgia sought to question the outcome of her position; And senator Josh Howle, Missouri, planned to oppose the Pennsylvania list, according to people familiar with his plans.
All questions are considered a failure amid opposition from both parties.
Outside the building, thousands of pro-Trump protesters repeated the president’s speech, and tried to pressure Congressmen to adopt a favorable exit for Republicans. The atmosphere was tense from the beginning of the day, and in the middle of the afternoon a group attacked the Congress building. The session was adjourned, and Vice President Mike Pence was moved to a safer place.
– That’s what you guys got! – Senator Mitt Romney said that as he left the plenary, he apparently addressed colleagues who, according to the New York Times, supported Trump’s attempt to reverse the results of Electoral College.
Some of the protesters who attacked the building were armed, and even entered the plenary session of the Chamber and Senate. Parts of the building were razed, and police also picked up guns on some invaders. MPs, Congress officials and journalists were taken to safer places. On the charter side, parts of the stage used by Biden on 20 January have been damaged. According to the NBC network, a man was shot by police inside the building. There is no information about his health status.
Given the situation, Washington City Hall decided to have a curfew in the US capital, which is valid between 6 pm (8 am in Brasilia time) until 6 pm (8 am in Brasilia time) on Thursday evening. Only city-designated individuals, including accredited journalists and essential service workers, may broadcast during these times. White House press secretary Kayle McKenney said that at Donald Trump’s request, the National Guard is on its way to Congress with “other federal security services.” However, according to the Washington Post, the Department of Defense denied Washington City Hall’s request to appoint guards to protect the building.
Earlier, Trump made three publications on Twitter: One attacked the deputy, Mike Pence, who refused to obey his orders and overturned Electoral College votes (“Mike Pence didn’t dare what they Do and protect us “country and constitution”). In two other messages, he asked his supporters to work in peace and to respect the security forces.
At no point, however, did he condemn the Congress invasion or ask that all people return to their homes.
Social media called off the protest, and tried to pressure Republicans to stop Support the president’s initiative To reverse the results of the Electoral College, there is no legal provision in the country. At the moment, the act is with thousands of people.
Earlier in the speech, Donald Trump asked deputies and senators to work in his defense to focus in front of Congress to defend his supporters, and promised that he would “be with them”, without specifying whether he would Act will include. On the eve of the vote, Washington officials stepped up security in the city, including support for the National Guard, and warned residents to avoid concentrations of Trump supporters.