Congress certified President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris’ victory early on Thursday, the end of a long day and night marked by chaos and violence in Washington, in which extremists emboldened by President Trump sought to thwart the peaceful transfer of power that has been a hallmark of modern American history by staging a violent insurrection inside the U.S. Capitol.
“To those who wreaked havoc in our Capitol today, you did not win,” Vice President Mike Pence said, once lawmakers reconvened after many spent hours in lockdown. “Violence never wins. Freedom wins, and this is still the people’s house.” Biden and Harris finished with 306 electoral votes, while Trump and Pence had 232. It takes 270 electoral votes to win the presidency. As the chaos unfolded, some House Democrats have called for impeaching the president again.
Breaking News: Congress confirmed Joe Biden’s presidential victory, defying a mob that stormed the Capitol in a display of violence egged on by President Trump. https://t.co/Cu4uDmr2ZA
— The New York Times (@nytimes) January 7, 2021
BREAKING: U.S. Congress certifies 2020 presidential election, with President-elect Joe Biden receiving 306 electoral votes and Donald Trump receiving 232 electoral votes. https://t.co/2utk4ntRgJ pic.twitter.com/mqp2NSI95E
— Good Morning America (@GMA) January 7, 2021