Joe Biden, US President-elect
The United States Congress on Thursday, January 7, 2021, certified the Electoral College win of Democrats Joe Biden and Kamala Harris officially making them the next president and vice president of the United States, after a chaotic day of protest on Capitol Hill, that saw pro-Trump rioters breach the building.
The certification finalises the 2020 US electoral process, and ensures that Biden and Harris will be inaugurated on January 20, despite Trump’s weeks-long efforts to overturn the vote, including urging his supporters to converge on the Capitol on Wednesday, resulting in rioting inside and outside the building.
Trump promises ‘orderly transition’ after Biden certification
President Trump has promised ‘an orderly transition’ after the Congress certified the Electoral College win of Biden and Harris officially making them the next president and vice president.
“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 20,” Trump said in a statement posted on Twitter by White House spokesman Dan Scavino.
House and Senate reject objection to Pennsylvania votes
The US House and the US Senate separately rejected a Republican objection to Pennsylvania’s electoral votes early Thursday, delivering another rebuke of the pro-Trump efforts to overturn Joe Biden’s victory.
Only seven senators supported the objection (92 voted against it) while 138 Republicans voted to uphold the objection in the House (282 voted against it, including 64 Republicans).
The House and Senate will return to a joint session to finish tallying each state’s certified electoral votes.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, indicated that there would be no further objections, paving the way for Congress to finish its count and officially affirming the election of Biden as president and Kamala Harris as vice president. They will be sworn in on January 20.
The 25th Amendment: Can Trump be declared unfit for office?
Calls are growing in the United States for President Donald Trump to be removed from office after he failed to condemn his supporters for storming the US Capitol Building as members met to certify Joe Biden as the country’s next president.
Broadcast network ABC News, citing multiple sources with direct knowledge of the move, reported that some members of Trump’s cabinet were discussing an unprecedented move to invoke Section 4 of the 25th Amendment of the constitution, as several Democratic members of Congress urged Vice President Mike Pence to lead the charge in declaring Trump as “unfit” to remain as president.