China News Service, Washington, January 7 (Reporter Sha Hanting) US Vice President Mike Pence announced at 3:40 am local time on the 7th that Biden won 306 electoral votes in the 2020 presidential election, more than needed to win 270 of them were officially certified as President-elect.
U.S. President Trump subsequently issued a statement saying that the number of votes approved by Congress means "the end of his great first term" and "Although I am totally opposed to the election results, I will have an orderly handover on January 20."
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According to the U.S. Constitution, both houses of Congress need to count and certify the voting results of electors in the presidential election. This will be the last step in officially confirming the president's election.
This step is usually only symbolic, but this year Trump and many Republican lawmakers expressed their opposition to the voting results of some state electors, adding uncertainty to the "ceremony."
The ballot counting ceremony officially started at 1 pm on the 6th and was presided over by Pence. The counting order was arranged in alphabetical order of each state.
When the third state, Arizona, was counted, Republican members of the Senate and House of Representatives expressed dissent.
According to regulations, if at least one member of both houses disagrees with the voting results of a certain state elector, the two houses of the Senate and House will each hold up to two hours of debate and finally vote.
While the Senate and House of Representatives were debating, the demonstrators broke into the Capitol building and interrupted the count.
Six hours later, after the police cleared the venue and ensured the safety of Congress, the counting meeting resumed at 8 pm.
In the debate on Arizona's dissent, demonstrators stormed into Congress that day and became the focus of their speeches.
On January 6, local time, during a joint meeting of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, Trump supporters broke into the Capitol and caused riots. In the House of Representatives, the police held guns and confronted the protesters through the doors and windows.
U.S. Vice President Pence, Senate Republican Leader McConnell, and Democratic leader Schumer all condemned the demonstrators’ invasion of Congress that day, saying that “violent acts will not win, and we will not succumb. Finish the work".
Schumer called the incident that day "a stain on the United States, one of the darkest days in American history."
Senators Lankford and Dynes, who previously expressed their opposition to the results of the electoral vote, said that after such a "sad day", they decided to withdraw their opposition. "Now it is necessary for the entire Congress to unite, certify the election results, and uphold the Constitution. , To maintain the rule of law".
There are also senators who continue to insist on opposing the results of the electoral vote.
Senator Josh Hawley stated that violence is not the way to solve the problem. "The legal way is to challenge the results of the election here."
After two hours of debate, the Senate voted 6 for and 93 against, and the House of Representatives rejected the vote against the Arizona electoral votes with 121 votes for and 303 votes against.
In the ensuing process of counting the votes, Republican members of the Senate and House of Representatives respectively expressed dissent against the results of the Pennsylvania electoral vote, which led the two houses to enter the debate again.
In the end, the Senate had 7 votes in favor and 92 votes against it. The House of Representatives rejected the objection again with 138 votes in favor and 282 votes against.
With the end of the vote counting, Pence announced that Biden won 306 electoral votes and Trump received 232 electoral votes, officially authenticating Biden as president-elect.
Pence also announced that Biden will formally take office on January 20.
After experiencing protests, demonstrators rushing into Congress, Republican congressmen opposing the electoral votes, and Congress finally completing the counting of votes in the early morning, the US media claimed that the congressmen did their responsibilities and "maintained the Constitution and the democratic system."
Some analysts believe that the incident that day "is a challenge to the democratic system and shows the serious division of American society."