Hours after hundreds of President Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol, Congress reconvened and counted the electoral votes affirming President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.
After some objections, the count of Biden’s 306 votes to President Donald Trump’s 232 was finished in proceedings that lasted until 3:40 a.m. Vice President Mike Pence read the totals.
Wednesday’s chaos unfolded after Trump – who before the election refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he lost – addressed thousands of supporters near the White House and told them to march on the Capitol to express their anger at the voting process.
Police said four people died during the chaos – one woman from gunshot wounds and three from medical emergencies – and 52 people were arrested.
Immediately after the Electoral Certification, the White House released a statement from Trump in which he pledged an “orderly transition” on Jan. 20 when Biden will be sworn into office.
It was an unforgettable day in Washington as lawmakers were forced to pause the official count of the Electoral College votes when Trump’s followers stormed the building. A woman was shot inside the Capitol and died later, the National Guard was activated and the mayor ordered a 12-hour curfew in the city that began at 6 p.m.