At a bit after 4;00 AM Thursday Morning January 7th , 2021 the US House and US Senate confirmed the 306 to 232 Electoral College vote to elect Joe Biden to become America’s next President and Kamala Harris the next Vice President ….
The announcement was made by none other than Vice President Mike Pence….
Shortly after Congress affirmed Biden’s win, Trump pledged an “an orderly transition.” The statement, tweeted by White House social media director Dan Scavino as Trump remained locked out of his own Twitter account, stops short of conceding or congratulating Biden.
“Even though I totally disagree with the outcome of the election, and the facts bear me out, nevertheless there will be an orderly transition on January 20th,” Trump said, noting that Congress’s action “represents the end of the greatest first term in presidential history.”
In the final moments of the joint session, Senate Chaplain Barry C. Black said a prayer lamenting “the desecration of the United States Capitol building, the shedding of innocent blood, the loss of life and the quagmire of dysfunction that threaten our democracy,” and Vice President Pence gaveled the meeting to a close, as the Democrats present gave only a half-hearted show of applause.
The lawmakers convened Wednesday evening, after hours of delay, in a show of defiance. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she had consulted with fellow congressional leaders, the Pentagon, the Justice Department and Vice President Pence before concluding that Congress should move ahead with the ceremony interrupted earlier in the day by rioters provoked to action by Trump at a morning rally…..
Kinda late, eh?
“I’ve known Mike Pence forever. I’ve never seen Pence as angry as he was today. I had a long conversation with him. He said, ‘After all the things I’ve done for Trump.’”
— Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK), quoted by Tulsa World, after President Trump directed his disdain toward Pence for refusing to interfere in the electoral vote count…