President-Elect Biden’s Victory Certified, After Mob Storms Capitol
By Yehudit Garmaise
Early this morning, Congress certified President-elect Joe Biden’s election victory after being delayed for hours after lawmakers were forced into lockdown when a violent mob forced its way into the Capitol building yesterday.
The violence at the Capitol resulted in the death of US Air Force veteran Ashli Babbitt, who was shot by a police officer inside the U.S. House of Representatives, and also the deaths of one more women and two men, who appear to have died from “medical emergencies,” said Metropolitan DC Police Chief Robert Contee, who also said the DC police have made 50 arrests of people who were involved in the storming of the U.S. Capitol yesterday.
Before confirming Biden’s win, a group of Republicans, led by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R), made objections to Biden’s victories in swing states Arizona and Pennsylvania, which the joint-session of Congress promptly dismissed amid an utter lack of evidence of election fraud.
After yesterday’s chaos, Republican Senators who planned to make other objections to Biden’s election, dropped their previous claims.
Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), who is the congressman responsible for funding the Capitol Police was furious at Capitol Police yesterday for their inability to control the mob.
Before the riots, Ryan said he had multiple conversations with police leaders, who assured him that no one would be allowed to get near the Capitol building, much less so easily storm inside and spark carnage, according to the Chronicle-Telegram.
Police should have expected trouble, Rep Ryan said, because President Trump had “signaled this,” by hosting a rally on the Ellipse, where he gave a fiery speech and riled up his supporters to make trouble at the certification of Biden’s clear Electoral College win of 306 to 232.
“There was enough time to prepare,” Rep. Ryan said. “This is an embarrassment both on behalf of the mob, and the president, and the insurrection, and the attempted coup, but also the lack of professional planning and dealing with what we knew was going to occur.”
(Official White House Photo by D. Myles Cullen)