Some protesters yesterday in the United States of America obstructed a joint session of Congress to certify Joe Biden’s presidential victory.
U.S Vice President Mike Pence opened the session, but Republicans promptly housed an objection, halting the count of electoral votes.
Moments after the start of the session, the final procedural step to confirm Biden’s win over President Donald Trump, congressman Paul Gosar stood up to “object to the counting of the electoral ballots from Arizona.”
Gosar’s move prompted a two-hour debate in each chamber. Still, the objection is expected to be voted down before the certification process continues.
Meanwhile, as protesters obstructed the session, the House of Representatives and Senate went into interim.
The US lawmakers condemned the protesters’ action, describing an attempted “coup” against the US government.
President Donald Trump supporters had banged into the US Congress, shutting down the legislative sessions. The protesters in a solidarity march, went berserk, destroying properties.
Val Demings, a Representative, quickly announced in a tweet, “A mob storming the US Capitol to overturn an election. A coup in progress”.
Another congressman, Seth Moulton, said: “This is anarchy. This is an attempted coup. And it’s happening in America because of lawless lawmakers,”
Meanwhile, President Trump has been blamed for prompting the protesters. According to Mark Pocan, another Representative, “The president is inciting domestic terrorism.”
US President-elect Joe Biden called on Trump to end the chaos in Capitol and defend America’s democracy. He noted that America is so much better than what happened today in Capitol.
In his tweet, Biden noted, “Let me be obvious: the scenes of chaos at the Capitol do not represent who we are. What we are seeing is a small number of extremists dedicated to lawlessness. This is not dissent; it’s a disorder. It borders on sedition, and it must end. Now.
“I call on President Trump to go on national television now to fulfill his oath and defend the Constitution by demanding an end to this siege.
“America is so much better than what we’re seeing today.”
On his part, President Donald Trump called for calm as supporters’ protests turned violent.
Trump took to his Twitter handle, charging his supporters to remain peaceful. He reminded them that their party respects law and order.
Reports gathered from the Washington Post revealed that crowds of people pushed past police trying to block them from entering the building as lawmakers inside debated the presidential election’s certification. A mob was able to breach security and successfully enter the building.
Among other tweets, Trump called on his supporters here to shun 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!”