- Several senators from the Republican Party who planned to support the objection reversed their decisions.
- Earlier, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) argued that congressional certification of Joe Biden’s election victory would show the world the true face of the country.
- Reactions to the Capitol attack were almost immediate, with key leaders condemning the act.
The Senate rejected, by overwhelming majority, the objection of some Republican senators to the victory of Joe Biden in the state of Arizona. The objection to the results in Arizona– led by Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)— was dismissed by 93-6 on Wednesday night, local time.
All votes in favor were Republicans, but after the violent demonstration, the siege and the invasion of the Capitol, several senators from the Republican Party who planned to support the objection reversed their decisions.
Republicans raised the objection based on claims by outgoing President Donald Trump, repeatedly rejected in courts and by many election officials.
Shortly afterward, the House of Representatives also rejected an objection to the victory of Mr. Biden in Arizona, joining the Senate in defending the results of the elections held in that state. Only the Republicans voted in favor of the objection, but they lost 303-121.
Earlier, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) argued that congressional certification of Joe Biden’s election victory would show the world the true face of the country.
“Despite the shameful actions of today, we will still do so, we will be part of a history that shows the world what America is made of.”
Speaker Pelosi, a Roman Catholic, noted that Wednesday is the feast of the Epiphany, and prayed that the violence would be “an epiphany to heal” for the country.
Reactions to the Capitol attack were almost immediate, with key leaders condemning the act. Former US President Barack Obama considered the episodes of violence to be “a shame,” but not “a surprise,” given the attitude of Donald Trump and the Republicans.
Former US President Bill Clinton also denounced an “unprecedented attack” against the country’s institutions, “fueled by more than four years of poisoned politics.”
Mr. Biden said the violent protests on Capitol Hill were “an unprecedented attack on democracy” in the country, and urged Donald Trump to end the violence.
Shortly after, President Trump asked his supporters and protesters who invaded the Capitol to go “home peacefully,” but reiterated the message that the presidential elections were fraudulent.
Supporters of outgoing US President Donald Trump clashed with officials and stormed the Capitol in Washington on Wednesday, while members of Congress were meeting to formalize the victory of Joe Biden in the elections of November.
The US presidential election vote ratification session was interrupted due to disturbances caused by pro-Trump protesters at the Capitol, and Washington DC authorities decreed a curfew between 6 PM and 6 AM local time.
The debate in the Senate was resumed at 8 PM local time.
Police used firearms to protect members of Congress, and at least one woman died inside the Capitol after being shot, according to sources quoted by the Associated Press news agency. Four hours after the incidents began, authorities declared the Capitol building to be safe.