Trump calls on supporters to march to the Capitol

  • Congressional Republicans lodged their first objection to President-elect Joe Biden’s victory as the chambers met in a joint session to certify the results.
  • President Donald Trump, in an address to thousands of supporters gathered in Washington, DC, vowed to “never concede” while decrying Congressional Republicans who don’t plan to object to the election results.
  • Some Republicans in both the Senate and House have said they will object to certifying the results in at least three states, in a last-ditch attempt in support of President Donald Trump that is all-but-assured to fail.
  • Democrat Raphael Warnock is the projected winner of one Georgia Senate runoff race and Democrat Jon Ossoff is leading the other, setting up Democrats to take control of the chamber.

    Schumer: Election challenge ‘sad comment on our times’

    Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has said it is a “sad comment on our times that merely accepting the results of an election is considered an act of political courage”.

    “By the end of the proceedings today, it will be confirmed once again something that is well known and well settled – the American people elected Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to be the next president and vice president of the United States,” Schumer said as the chamber met to debate an objection to electoral votes in Arizona by a Republican legislator.

    “And yet, a number of our colleagues have organized an effort to undermine and object to that free and fair election. They are in the minority. They will lose. They know that.”

    “It is a very sad comment on our times that merely accepting the results of an election is considered an act of political courage,” Schumer said.

    “Sadder and more dangerous still is the fact that an element of the Republican Party believes their political viability hinges on the endorsement of an attempted coup that anyone, much less an elected official, would be willing to tarnish our democracy in order to burnish their personal political fortunes.”

    McConnell: ‘The voters, the courts and the states have all spoken’

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, during a meeting to discuss a Republican objection to the electoral votes in Arizona, decried attempts to overturn the results of the election.

    “The Constitution gives us here in Congress a limited role. We cannot simply declare ourselves a national board of elections on steroids,” McConnell said. “The voters, the courts and the states have all spoken. They’ve all spoken. If we overrule them, it would damage our republic forever.”

    “We cannot keep drifting apart into two separate tribes with a separate set of fact and separate realities,” McConnell said. “President Trump claims the election was stolen… Nothing before us proves illegality anywhere near the massive scale … that would have tipped the entire election.”

    A group of Republicans in both the House and Senate plan to object to electoral votes in at least three states, in a plot that is all-but-assured to fail.

    Protesters push past barriers at Capitol building: Reports

    Protesters supporting Trump’s unfounded claims of voter fraud have pushed past a fence and have attempted to enter the Capitol building where Congress is meeting to certify the victory of president-elect Biden.

    Hundreds of protesters, who had gathered in the capital in support of Trump, pushed past a fence behind the Capitol building, according to a video posted online by a Washington Post reporter.

    The protesters, many carrying flags and pro-Trump signs, some then attempted to “scale the construction structures and have been tackled by police” Post reporter Rebecca Tan wrote on Twitter.

    “They want to enter the building and are making attempts at intervals. Capitol police trying to hold them back,” she wrote.

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