The terrorists lose: Congress confirms Biden, Harris victory


Within the wake of a Trumpist mob storming the Capitol whilst some congressional Republicans tried to overturn the outcomes of the elections in a number of states from throughout the Capitol, some had hoped that sufficient of these Republicans would again down and permit the counting of electoral votes to conclude rapidly. That’s supposed to be a routine task, in spite of everything. However Senate Republicans with 2024 presidential ambitions, like Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz, had been attempting to curry favor with Trump’s base after Donald spent the final two months convincing his voters that the election had been stolen, and had been intent on dragging it out. 

After hours of lockdowns and hazard, that is Hawley’s concession: He’s nonetheless going to object to the counting of Pennsylvania’s electoral votes. However then he’ll shut up and yield his time—all 5 minutes of it. Different members of Congress can yap to their hearts’ content material, or not less than for 5 minutes. So it will nonetheless be a protracted evening on prime of a protracted, traumatic day.

Thursday, Jan 7, 2021 · 4:21:22 AM +00:00 · Mark Sumner

In different phrases, Hawley stated he thought it was so essential to object to Arizona’s votes that it was value debating, however he didn’t point out Arizona when it was his flip to speak. After which Hawley thought it was so essential to speak about Pennsylvania that he’s forcing the Home and Senate to sit down by one other spherical of debate. However he’s not even going to hassle to say something.

Stunt voting in it’s most simple kind.

Thursday, Jan 7, 2021 · 4:26:09 AM +00:00 · Mark Sumner

I hold remembering that Mitch McConnell threw Elizabeth Warren out of the Senate for studying a letter from Coretta Scott King.

— Tor 🍑 (@queer_spice) January 7, 2021

Thursday, Jan 7, 2021 · 4:36:31 AM +00:00 · Mark Sumner

The ransacked workplace of the Senate Parliamentarian:

— Ali Zaslav (@alizaslav) January 7, 2021

Thursday, Jan 7, 2021 · 4:53:53 AM +00:00 · Mark Sumner

Georgia bought an objection from the Home aspect, which seems to have come from simply Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene. However now that Kelly Loeffler has misplaced curiosity in taking part in alongside—possible as a result of her political profession, such because it was, is over greater than the day’s occasions—no different Senator signed on.

So Trump misplaced Georgia. Once more.

Thursday, Jan 7, 2021 · 4:56:43 AM +00:00 · Mark Sumner

Mike Pence’s chief of workers has apparently been denied entry to the White Home. It is going to be attention-grabbing to see how Mikey is greeted when that is over.

Thursday, Jan 7, 2021 · 5:04:11 AM +00:00 · Joan McCarter

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene objects to Michigan’s electoral votes. No Senator has signed on to the objection. And now we transfer on to Minnesota.

— Matt Fuller (@MEPFuller) January 7, 2021

Thursday, Jan 7, 2021 · 5:06:41 AM +00:00 · Joan McCarter

Rep. Mo Brooks objects to Nevada’s electoral votes, pronounces identify of state unsuitable. Brooks has no senator “Sadly no United States senator has joined on this effort” Huge applause

— Burgess Everett (@burgessev) January 7, 2021

Thursday, Jan 7, 2021 · 5:18:15 AM +00:00 · Mark Sumner

Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.) objects to the Pennsylvania vote. And Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) has signed it. We’ll be headed again to debate in both chamber and a vote.

— Matt Fuller (@MEPFuller) January 7, 2021

Thursday, Jan 7, 2021 · 7:11:22 AM +00:00 · Mark Sumner

Conor Lamb unloaded on the Republicans pushing the objection. 

Lamb: “We all know that that assault immediately, it did not materialize out of nowhere. It was impressed by lies, the identical lies you are listening to on this room tonight, and the members who’re repeating these lies needs to be ashamed of themselves. Their constituents needs to be ashamed of them.”

— Julian Routh (@julianrouth) January 7, 2021

Thursday, Jan 7, 2021 · 7:51:52 AM +00:00 · Mark Sumner

“Get outta right here!” A confrontation breaks out after GOP Rep. Morgan Griffith asks to strike out feedback from Rep. Conor Lamb saying Republicans lied in regards to the election. Lamb replies, “The reality hurts”

— CBS Information (@CBSNews) January 7, 2021

Thursday, Jan 7, 2021 · 8:05:23 AM +00:00 · Mark Sumner

Home vote is now 280 to 137 to reject the objection, with 14 not voted. Of that, in fact, all 137 are Rs so Rs are 137 to 64 to overturn the PA vote. Home Rs are a shame.

— Jonathan McDowell (@planet4589) January 7, 2021

Thursday, Jan 7, 2021 · 8:10:20 AM +00:00 · Mark Sumner

The sooner Senate vote was 92-7 towards, so all the pieces that occurred within the Home was actually pointless. Expectations are we are going to now proceed by the remaining states. 

Thursday, Jan 7, 2021 · 8:28:57 AM +00:00 · Mark Sumner

And we’re counting once more. Not lengthy now, people. As much as South Carolina. 

Thursday, Jan 7, 2021 · 8:40:36 AM +00:00 · Mark Sumner

Amy Klobuchar reads out the outcomes of the clerks, and will get a bit emotional in doing so.

Thursday, Jan 7, 2021 · 8:42:23 AM +00:00 · Mark Sumner

And Pence has learn the outcomes into the report. It’s over. Fall asleep, and we’ll see you within the morning. 

Thursday, Jan 7, 2021 · 8:44:25 AM +00:00 · Mark Sumner

At 3:41 am ET, Vice President Mike Pence publicizes the victory of Joe Biden over President Trump.

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) January 7, 2021

Thursday, Jan 7, 2021 · 8:56:17 AM +00:00

Barbara Morrill

And … Trump simply issued an announcement:

“Although I completely disagree with the end result of the election, and the info bear me out, nonetheless there might be an orderly transition on January twentieth. I’ve all the time stated we’d proceed our battle to make sure that solely authorized votes had been counted. Whereas this represents the tip of the best first time period in presidential historical past, it is solely the start of our battle to Make American Nice Once more.”

The eyes roll.