US President-elect Joe Biden is looking at his watch when he arrives to announce former Indian Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Pete Buttigieg, who will be the candidate for transport secretary at a press conference at Biden’s Transition Center in Wilmington, Delaware, USA, on December 16, 2020.
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. On Wednesday, he strongly rebuked the efforts of members of his own party to overthrow President Joe Biden’s victory over President Donald Trump.
“Voters have spoken,” McConnell said on the Senate floor. “If we override them, we will damage our republic forever.”
The head of the GOP explicitly rejected Trump’s frequent allegations that his election loss was caused by massive frauds and called on his congressional colleagues who vowed to object to the election results.
“Before anything in front of us proves illegality near the masses, it’s the huge size that would have tipped the whole election,” McConnell said. “If these elections were destroyed by the mere claims of the losing side, our democracy would be in a spiral of death. We would never see the whole nation accept the election again.”
“It would be unfair and wrong to deprive American voters of their rights and to repeal the courts and states on this extremely narrow basis. And I don’t pretend such a vote is a harmless gesture of protest while relying on others if they do the right thing,” McConnell said.
“I will vote to respect the people’s decision and defend our system of government as we know it.”
McConnell’s remarks came when both chambers of Congress met to count and confirm the results of the Electoral College. House Republicans and senates challenged the results of the Arizona Electoral College minutes after the trial began, sparking debates that could take hours.
Republicans are expected to object to other states as voters announce their vote counters.
Shortly before the joint session of Congress began at 1 p.m., Vice President Mike Pence, who chaired the proceedings, stated in a letter that he did not believe he had unilateral authority to reject the votes cast for the Electoral College candidate.
U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) bowes his head as Republicans applaud him and Senator Paul Gosar (R-AZ) objects to Arizona’s votes at a joint meeting to verify the 2020 election results at the House of Capitol Hill House in Washington. . USA, January 6, 2021
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Trump, who spoke at a protest outside the White House when the statement was made public, repeatedly urged Pence to send back key election votes to states in the recent flood to overthrow the election results.
Wednesday’s process marks the final step in ratifying Biden as the next president of the United States.
With 306 voter votes for Democrat Biden – 36 more than he needed – the process would usually be a formality. This year, however, it could take days before Trump is likely to make a condemned effort to overthrow the defeat, based on false claims he lost as a result of widespread voting fraud.
Pence’s role, which involves collecting votes because they are not closed, and asking Congress if there is an objection, is traditionally ceremonial.
But before a joint congressional meeting, Trump publicly put pressure on Pence to intervene, falsely claiming that the vice president had the power to reject election votes cast by voters confirmed weeks earlier by the governor of their state.
“Mike Pence just needs to send [the electoral votes] back to the states AND WE WIN “Trump tweeted.” Do it Mike, it’s a time of extraordinary courage! “
The president’s claim came after the Trump campaign repressed a New York Times report that Pence had told Trump he had no power to prevent Biden’s victory from being vindicated.
However, a baker with dozens of Republican senators and dozens of GOP House members indicated that he would object to the certification of voters from several battlefield states, which gave Biden room for victory.
While these objections will provoke a formal debate in both chambers of Congress, Biden is expected to become president.
That’s because the Democrats have a majority in the House, and quite a few Republican senators said they would join the Senate Democrats and oppose Biden’s election panel objections.
The consent of both chambers of Congress is required to overthrow the outcome of the State Electoral College.
In a complaint full of complaints at the White House Ellipse, about two miles from the U.S. Capitol, Trump once again falsely claimed to have beaten Biden while “closing his eyes” to “weak Republicans.”
Less than an hour before the congressional process began, Trump repeatedly called on Pence to reject certain election votes.
“If Mike Pence does the right thing, we will win the election,” Trump told a large crowd of supporters. “Mike Pence must agree to the return.”
“Mike Pence, I hope he will stand up for our constitution and our country, and if I don’t, I’ll be very disappointed in you, I’ll tell you right away. I don’t hear any good stories,” Trump said.
Biden is scheduled to inaugurate two weeks from Wednesday.
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