USA : from violence on Capitol Hill to condemnation, Biden’s victory certified

USA : from violence on Capitol Hill to condemnation, Biden's victory certified

In the United States, on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, thousands of Donald Trump supporters converged on downtown Washington and make violence on Capitol as Congress must certify his presidential defeat. The outgoing president, who continues to deny the victory of his Democratic rival Joe Biden, has been encouraging his supporters to march in the capital for the « crazy » day, he warned.

Pro-President Donald Trump protesters stormed the Capitol in Washington on Wednesday amid insurgency, interrupting the congressional session that was expected to confirm Joe Biden’s victory. Violence on Capitol, A shameful and horrific scene, condemned by all. But in the end, Joe Biden’s victory was certified.

Violence on Capitol, A shameful and horrific scene

Shortly after the end of a particularly virulent speech by Donald Trump denouncing « rigged » elections and promising never to concede defeat, some of his supporters entered the famous building housing the Senate and house of representatives. A woman was shot and wounded inside the Capitol, according to several U.S. media reports. Police used tear gas to try to evacuate pro-Trump protesters who invaded the stage set up for Joe Biden’s swearing-in on January 20.

According to several media reports, protesters broke into House debates, stormed the terraces of the Capitol and prompted the evacuation of congressional buildings, shortly after Vice President Mike Pence announced he would not be able to oppose the certification of Joe Biden’s victory.

According to colleagues from France 24 and Nice Matin, the Republican billionaire had chosen to defy Congress by gathering tens of thousands of his supporters in Washington. The same sources indicate that this extraordinary behavior will remain in the history books. So we remember some of those things. « If Mike Pence does the right thing, we win the election, » he said. « If he doesn’t, it will be a sad day for our country, » he added, hinting that he doubted the attitude of his number two.

According to the Constitution, Mike Pence’s role is to « open » certificates sent by each of the 50 states to pass on the votes of their primary voters. Only elected officials can challenge the results in some states.

Increasingly isolated, President Donald Trump lashed out at his own Republican camp just before Congress endorsed Joe Biden’s victory.

Republican tenors are « weak » and « pathetic, » he said under a cloudy sky of tens of thousands of supporters. « We will never give up. We will never concede » defeat, he said.
However, according to Libération’s colleagues, after this unprecedented chaos in Congress, and more than six hours of interruption due to the violent intrusion of Trump supporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, elected officials of both chambers resumed their certification session of the Electoral College vote, to definitively endorse the victory of Democrat Joe Biden in the presidential election.

The attitude of the condemned US President everywhere

Many voices have been raised in Washington to denounce the attitude of the American president, accused of blowing on embers by refusing to acknowledge his defeat and relaying for weeks conspiracy theories about alleged electoral fraud.

« If this election were invalidated on the basis of mere allegations of losers, our democracy would go into a deadly spiral, » Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell told him.
Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said Republicans supporting Donald Trump were joining « an attempted coup. »

« The president is inciting domestic terrorism, » Wisconsin Democrat Mark Pocan said on Twitter, referring to « a sad day for America. »

To these different reactions in Washington, were added the international ones. In the early evening, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said through his spokesman Stephane Dujarric that he too was « saddened. » British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has denounced « shameful scenes » and called for a « peaceful and orderly » transition from power to Democrat Joe Biden. « Nothing can justify these violent attempts to thwart the legal and compliant transition of power, » Said Foreign Minister Dominic Raab.

For his part, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas called on Donald Trump’s supporters to « stop trampling on democracy, » adding that « inflammatory words turn into violent actions. » « We will not give in to the violence of a few who want to challenge democracy, » French President Emmanuel Macron said in a video. French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian condemned « a serious attack on democracy. » « The will and vote of the American people must be respected, » he added.

The head of European diplomacy Josep Borrell also denounced an « unprecedented assault on American democracy » and called for respect for the outcome of the presidential election.
« To attend tonight’s scenes in Washington is a shock. We are counting on the United States to allow a peaceful transfer of power to Joe Biden, » European Council President Charles Michel said on Twitter. European Parliament President David Sassoli described the violence on Capitol as « deeply worrying ». « Democratic votes must be respected, » he added.

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