Trump supporters invade the Capitol – Congress session interrupted
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Donald Trump supporters invade the Washington Capitol. The confirmation of Joe Biden as US President must be interrupted. The mayor imposed a curfew in the city.
IDemonstrating supporters of US President Donald Trump invaded the Capitol in Washington. Local police reported a security breach on Wednesday as members of Congress held discussions inside the building to confirm Democrat Joe Biden’s victory.
Due to the onslaught of angry demonstrators, the congressional session to formally confirm the US presidential election result was suspended. The police also ordered the evacuation of several Congress office buildings on Wednesday.
Trump had previously spoken in a speech to the demonstrators again of alleged electoral fraud and said he would never acknowledge his defeat.
After his supporters invaded the Capitol, Trump called on them to remain peaceful in their protest. “Stay peaceful!” He wrote on Twitter on Wednesday and urged the demonstrators to support the police and security forces who were “on the side of our country”.
Vice President Mike Pence has been moved to a safe place, according to NBC. Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris was also brought to safety, according to an employee. The place is kept secret.
US Congressmen were taken out of the building. Majority Republican leader Mitch McConnell and other politicians were escorted out by staff and police. Members of the House of Representatives also left the building. Because tear gas was used in the Capitol rotunda, police asked MPs to put on gas masks.
Republican MP Nancy Mace reported on Twitter that she had been forced to leave her office because of an “imminent threat”. Demonstrators attacked the Capitol Police in front of their eyes. “This is wrong. We are not like that. I am deeply sorry for our nation today, ”Mace wrote.
Before the results of the US presidential election were confirmed in Congress, there had been scuffles in front of the Capitol between supporters of the elected president and security guards.
Several TV channels showed how hundreds of supporters of the US president marched towards the seat of parliament after a speech by Trump, some of them engaged in fights with emergency services. The emergency services fired pepper spray.
Trump had asked his supporters to protest against the confirmation of the election result by Congress, whereupon the protesters marched towards the Capitol.
Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser ordered a curfew over the protests. It will come into force on Wednesday at 6 p.m. (local time / midnight CET) and end on Thursday morning at 6 a.m. (12 noon CET), Bowser announced.
The electors in mid-December confirmed the victory of Democrat Joe Biden in the US election on November 3rd. On Wednesday, the members of the House of Representatives and Senate met in a joint meeting to again confirm the vote of the electorate.
Republicans delayed Biden’s confirmation as US president
Republicans appealed against the result from the state of Arizona at the meeting. A Republican MP from the House of Representatives raised the objection. He received support from Republican Senator Ted Cruz. The objection forced the two chambers of congress to withdraw to separate sessions in order to debate the objections for up to two hours and to vote at the end whether they should follow them or not.
Biden won the state of Arizona in the presidential election in early November by almost 10,500 votes. The defeated Republican incumbent Donald Trump sued there, as in several other states, against the results – albeit unsuccessfully.
Confirmation of the presidential election in Congress is usually a formality in the US post-election procedure. However, various Republicans from both chambers of congress had already announced in advance that they would object to the results from several US states – driven by unsubstantiated claims of trump fraud. Several separate sessions of the Congress Chambers were expected in the course of the day, which is likely to delay the processes considerably.
The disruptive action has no prospect of success. Both chambers of congress would have to agree to an objection, which is considered impossible in view of the majority of Democrats in the House of Representatives.
Trump lost the election to Biden by a clear margin at the beginning of November. But he refuses to admit defeat. Trump claims he was robbed of victory by massive fraud. Neither he nor his lawyers provided any convincing evidence. Dozens of lawsuits from the Trump camp have so far been thrown out of courts, including the US Supreme Court.