Mike Pence, Vice President to Trump’s administration declared Joe Biden a winner of the presidential elections after congress counted electoral votes after a Violent Day at the capitol.
Pence also announced that Sen. Kamala D. Harris was the winner of the vice presidency, both the senate and house voted to reject loyalists’ challenges to Biden’s victory.
Following the Pro-Trump mob attack in the Capitol, congress resumed counting the electoral votes.
The American vice president who rebuffed Trump’s demands to intervene in the elections said “violence never wins. Freedom wins. And this is still the people’s house”.
Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, called the attack on the capitol hill “a shameful assault … on our democracy. It was anointed at the highest level of government. It cannot, however, deter us from our responsibility to validate the election of Joe Biden.”
World Reaction to the Protest:
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in a tweet described the scenes in the US Congress as a “disgrace”, saying the United States stood for democracy around the world and that was it was “vital” now that there should be a peaceful and orderly transfer of power.
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said democracy’s enemies would be cheered by scenes of violence at the United States Capitol, and he called on Trump to accept the decision by US voters.
In a Tweet, Maas said the violence had been caused by inflammatory rhetoric. “Trump and his supporters must accept the decision of American voters at last and stop trampling on democracy.”
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg was also quick to condemn the action and said: “Shocking scenes in Washington, DC. The outcome of this democratic election must be respected.”
Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said in a tweet: “I am following with concern the news coming from Capitol Hill in Washington. I trust in the strength of America’s democracy, “The new Presidency of Joe Biden will overcome this time of tension, uniting the American people,” he said.
“Canadians are deeply disturbed and saddened by the attack on democracy in the United States, our closest ally and neighbour,” tweeted Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. “Violence will never succeed in overruling the will of the people. Democracy in the US must be upheld — and it will be.”
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison condemned the “very distressing” scenes of violence, and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern tweeted, “What is happening is wrong. Democracy — the right of people to exercise a vote, have their voice heard, and then have that decision upheld peacefully should never be undone by a mob.”
“What we are now seeing from Washington is a completely unacceptable attack on democracy in the United States. President Trump is responsible for stopping this. Scary pictures, and amazing that this is the United States,” wrote Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg.
“President Trump and several members of Congress bear substantial responsibility for developments,” tweeted Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven said adding “The democratic election process must be respected.” “Shocking & deeply sad scenes in Washington DC — we must call this out for what it is: a deliberate assault on Democracy by a sitting President & his supporters, attempting to overturn a free & fair election! The world is watching! We hope for restoration of calm,” said Irish Minister of Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney.
At least four protestors were reported dead.