“Even though I totally disagree with the outcome of election, and the facts bear me out, nevertheless there will be an orderly transition on January 20th,” Trump said in the statement
WASHINGTON — Congress formally confirmed President-elect Joe Biden’s election win early Thursday following the storming of the Capitol by a violent mob of President Donald Trump’s supporters.
The House and Senate reconvened overnight after they were forced to pause the official count of the Electoral College votes and flee when Trump’s followers stormed the building. The count of Biden’s 306 votes to President Donald Trump’s 232 was finished in proceedings that lasted until 3:40 a.m. Vice President Mike Pence read the totals to cap a somber end to an unforgettable day in Washington.
President Donald Trump finally pledged to an orderly transfer of power to President-elect Joe Biden while repeating false claims about the 2020 election that led a mob of his supporters to storm the US Capitol and delay Congress’ affirmation of Biden’s Electoral College win.
“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,” Trump said in the statement released overnight after Congress certified his defeat. “I have always said we would continue our fight to ensure that only legal votes were counted. While this represents the end of the greatest first term in presidential history, it’s only the beginning of our fight to Make America Great Again.”
Trump, who has repeatedly refused to concede the election, on Wednesday egged on his supporters who would later breach the US Capitol in an attempt to stop lawmakers from counting the electoral votes cast in the 2020 presidential election.
Earlier, lawmakers were forced to pause the official count of the Electoral College votes and flee when Trump’s followers stormed the building. A woman was shot inside the Capitol by a police officer and later died, the National Guard was activated and the mayor ordered a 12-hour curfew in the city that began at 6 p.m.
Three other adults died after what are believed to be some type of medical emergencies around the Capitol grounds, the Washington, D.C., police chief said.
The riots had interrupted debate in both chambers about a Republican objection to the Arizona results, which in the end was soundly defeated.
The Senate voted to reject the objection to the results in Arizona by a lopsided vote of 93-6, and the House rejected the objection 303-121. In the Pennsylvania objection, the Senate rejected it 92-7 and it failed in the House 282-138.
The chaos began as the House and the Senate separately debated the objection. The ugly daylong spectacle, which replaced what is typically a half-hour procedural event, was the culmination of a Trump-led effort, supported by over 100 members of Congress, to contest Biden’s victory.