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DONALD Trump has finally promised an “orderly transition” of power after Joe Biden was officially declared the president-elect.
It came after hundreds of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol building as lawmakers met to certify the results of November’s election on Wednesday.
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At least four people died and several others were seriously injured in clashes after rioters fought cops and pushed their way inside the Capitol.
After lawmaker’s were allowed back into the building, a joint session of Congress reconvened and an electoral college count of 306 for Biden and 232 for Trump was certified.
A statement was then released from the White House in which the president pledged an “orderly transition” on January 20.
“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,” it read.
“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 had earlier appeared to encourage his supporters, even as bloody clashes erupted in the Capitol building.
In a tweet that has since been removed by Twitter, Trump told the rioters they were justified in their actions.
“These are the things and events that happen when a sacred landslide election victory is so unceremoniously and viciously stripped away from great patriots who have been badly and unfairly treated for so long,” Trump tweeted.
“And we’re gonna cheer on our brave senators and congressmen and women. And we’re probably not going to be cheering, so much for some of them, because you’ll never take back our country with weakness, you have to show strength and you have to be strong.”
CBS News correspondent Margaret Brennan reported that Trump Cabinet secretaries were discussing invoking the 25th Amendment to remove the president, but added that “nothing formal (has) yet presented to VP Pence”.
Some cabinet members are holding preliminary discussions about invoking the 25th amendment to force Trump’s removal from office, a source familiar with the matter tells CNN. It’s unclear whether the effort would ultimately be successful at this stage.
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Washington DC Police also confirmed that another three people, including two adult men and one adult woman, died from “medical emergencies” related to the riots but no further details have yet been provided.
Babbitt was an Air Force vet who had 14 years in the service and had completed four tours of duty.
A graphic clip shared on social media showed Babbitt bleeding from the neck after she was shot.
The Chief of the DC Police department said that cops will investigate the shooting of a civilian, Reuters reported.
The day before she was fatally shot, Babbitt tweeted: “Nothing will stop us…. they can try and try and try but the storm is here and it is descending upon DC in less than 24 hours….dark to light.”
Babbitt, who used the Twitter handle CommonAshSense, also retweeted Wednesday morning — a few hours ahead of her and other Trump supporters storming the Capitol — a “MUST BE DONE LIST before Congress meets today.”
It included, “Mike [email protected] @Mike_Pence must resign & thereafter be charged with TREASON,” and, “Chief Justice John Roberts must RESIGN.”
In a televised address tonight, Vice President Mike Pence said: “We grieve the loss of life.”
The victim has been transported to the hospital conscious and breathing. No arrests have been made, a DC Police spokesperson told NBC.
Two cops were hospitalized after they were attacked during the violent scenes, Metropolitan Police Chief Robert Contee said at a press conference.
DC Mayor Muriel Bowser declared a riot at the US Capitol building during an evening press conference.
At least 69 people have so far been arrested in connection with the riots. Many more arrests are expected to be made.
People were cited for curfew violations, unlawful entry, and rioting among other charges, according to data shared by John Kruzel of The Hill.
Comparatively, during Black Lives Matter protests on June 1 of last year, 289 people were arrested – with a total of 427 people were arrested in four-day demonstrations in the summer, Kruzel reported.
Pictures show shattered glass, broken furniture, papers scattered across members of Congress’ offices, and a “treason” flag left on the floor amid the carnage.
Today we faced an unprecedented assault on our Capitol, our Constitution, and our country. The assault was fueled by more than four years of poison politics spreading deliberate misinformation, sowing distrust in our system, and pitting Americans against one another.
Meanwhile, several key White House staff have resigned in the wake of the riots with more resignations rumored to come.
Mick Mulvaney, who served as Chief of Staff to Trump, said “I can’t stay here” as he quit the administration.
Stephanie Grisham, the current chief of staff for first lady Melania Trump, submitted her resignation Wednesday afternoon, effective immediately, according to a White House official.
White House social secretary Anna Cristina “Rickie” Niceta also resigned Wednesday effective immediately, a White House official told CNN.
White House press aide Sarah Matthews has also called it quits in response to today’s events.
In a blistering statement directed at Donald Trump, he said today’s events – in which he described “smashed windows (and) vandalized offices” – did not happen spontaneously.
“The president who promoted conspiracy theories and motivated these thugs, the president who exhorted them to come to the nation’s capital….egged them on,” Schumer said.
“This president bears a great deal of the blame. This mob was in good part President Trump’s doing, incited by his words, his lies.
Schumer said the event will go down as one of the darkest days in American history.
The House voted 303-121 Wednesday night to reject a GOP objection to Arizona’s 11 electoral votes for President-elect Joe Biden hours after rioters supporting President Donald Trump violently stormed the Capitol building.
The objection, which required support from both chambers to pass, failed earlier in the Republican-controlled Senate by a 93-6 vote.
“What some are doing in this House and Senate today will not change the outcome of the election, which is the clear and insurmountable victory of President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris,” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said.
House members and senators broke into separate two-hour sessions after Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., objected to Arizona’s electoral vote.
It’s unclear how many other states that Trump has contested will receive objections after some Republican senators dropped support following the day’s violence.
“I am asking for everyone at the U.S. Capitol to remain peaceful. No violence! Remember, WE are the Party of Law & Order – respect the Law and our great men and women in Blue. Thank you!” Trump tweeted.
President-elect Joe Biden demanded Trump denounce the violence and call for an end as he gave an impassioned speech.
“Words of a president matter – no matter how bad or good that president is,” Biden said.
Today is a reminder, a painful one, that democracy is fragile. To preserve it requires people of good will, leaders with the courage to stand up, who are devoted not to pursuit of power and personal interest at any cost, but to the common good.
Addressing Trump, he said: “Therefore I call on President Trump to go on national television now to fulfill his oath and defend the constitution and demand an end to this siege.
When asked if he were concerned about his own safety at the Inauguration in just two weeks, Biden said: “I am not concerned about my safety, security or the Inauguration.
Trump then released a video telling those that sieged the building to “go home” – as he still made unbacked claims of fraud and told demonstrators they’re “special.”
It was marked by Twitter as “disputed” and the platform said it could not be “replied to, Retweeted, or liked due to a risk of violence.”
“I know your pain. I know your hurt. We had an election that was stolen from us. It was a landslide election and we know it, especially the other side. But you have to go home now,” Trump said.
Trump added “we can’t play into the hands of these people. We have to have peace.”
“You’ve seen what happens, you see the way others are treated that are so bad and so evil – I know how you feel.
Trump’s video was removed from several social media platforms before Facebook, Instagram and Twitter temporarily suspended his accounts.
Guy Rosen, Vice President of Integrity at the tech giant, explained the video was removed because the platform thinks “it contributes” to “ongoing violence.”
“This is an emergency situation and we are taking appropriate emergency measures, including removing President Trump’s video,” Rosen said in a tweet.
“We removed it because on balance we believe it contributes to rather than diminishes the risk of ongoing violence.”
One video shared on social media showed cops using batons as they clashed with demonstrators inside the building.
After breaking into her office, some demonstrators went through House Speaker Pelosi’s emails, and one was seen with his feet up on her desk.
Tables were also reportedly overturned and a note was left which read: “We will not back down.”
Others gained access to the Senate chamber, and at least one of the president’s supporters was pictured standing on the dais.
A 6pm to 6am curfew was eventually introduced city-wide and the Pentagon deployed the National Guard to DC.
Trump was initially hesitant to deploy the National Guard to respond, unnamed sources told CNN and the New York Times, leaving Pence to make the call.
The Pentagon ultimately deployed all 1,100 members of the DC National Guard in response to the mob on Capitol Hill.
Pence’s press secretary Devin O’Malley said on Twitter the vice president was in “regular contact” with the Department of Justice and the U.S. Capitol Police, though he did not elaborate on Pence’s role in the effort to secure the Capitol complex.
“This is how election results are disputed in a banana republic – not our democratic republic,” he said.
“I am appalled by the reckless behavior of some political leaders since the election and by the lack of respect shown today for our institutions, our traditions, and our law enforcement.
“The violent assault on the Capitol – and disruption of a Constitutionally-mandated meeting of Congress – was undertaken by people whose passions have been inflamed by falsehoods and false hopes.”
Donald Trump had just finished addressing crowds, making baseless claims of election fraud when some of his supporters descended on Capitol Hill.
In his speech, Trump railed a “bulls*** election” as he made repeated unfounded claims of voter fraud.
“Make no mistake, this election was stolen from me, you, and this country,” Trump alleged in an unbacked claim,” he said.
Trump gained criticism for allegedly inciting the mob as politicians outside the US condemned the riots.
“The United States stands for democracy around the world and it is now vital that there should be a peaceful and orderly transfer of power,” Johnson said.
Conservative MP Tobias Ellwood slammed Trump as he told him to “end this siege before it spirals further out of control.”
“Your supporters – @realDonaldTrump – violent protesters damaging & looting the seat of democracy,” Ellwood tweeted.
“The most shameful unpatriotic scenes playing out across the world -causing untold long term damage to America.”
Video showed protesters running across the grass and toward the building in an attempt to occupy it after the fence was broken.
In one clip shared by Elijah Schaffer, protesters were seen facing off with cops outside as they fought their way inside the building.
BREAKING: revolution in process as Trump supporters break into the Capitol building, attacking police, breaking windows, and knocking down doors Full anarchy at this “mostly peaceful” demonstration DC The people have pushed through & are storming to main chambers pic.twitter.com/NW6VDDNBQw
Cops clad in riot gear pushed back against the protesters with their shields but were outnumbered and overwhelmed.
“The building next door has been evacuated. I can’t believe I have to write this,” Stevens wrote.
Video shared by Timothy Burke showed one cop injured in clashes with demonstrators was evacuated from the area.
In a second video, multiple officers who were reportedly injured were seen walking away from the chaotic scenes.
BREAKING: Trump supporters have breached the Capitol building, tearing down 4 layers of security fencing and are attempting to occupy the building — fighting federal police who are overrun This is the craziest thing I’ve ever seen in my life. Thousands, police can’t stop them pic.twitter.com/VVdTUwV5YN
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