By Wednesday evening, the combination of Capitol Police, DC police, Virginia National Guard, Maryland National Guard, Virginia state troopers and specialized SWAT units of various state and federal agencies had retaken the Capitol after Donald Trump’s terrorist coup. Many Congressmen and senators had stayed in the building, likely taking cover where they could – there’s a complex maze of offices, especially underground, and probably several bunkers. So when outgoing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, incoming Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Speaker Pelosi called the joint session of the Senate and the House back, the people were already in the building. They restarted what they intended to do in the afternoon, which was a procedural certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory. (Chuck Schumer’s speech was great – that starts at the 6:20 mark.)
Pre-coup, the vote was already going to be a mess, with Republican congressmen and senators announcing plans to challenge various states’ electoral votes. Many (but not all) of those challenges were abandoned post-coup. That didn’t stop many delusional, self-serving traitors from spreading lies and dangerous conspiracies from the floor, like Matt Gaetz.
Matt Gaetz claims Congress was stormed by “ANTIFA.” He is knowingly lying. And yet dozens of colleagues applaud his blatant misstatements. It is utterly repugnant.
— A Worried Citizen (@ThePubliusUSA) January 7, 2021
Matt Gaetz should be tried as a traitor to the country. Before 4 am this morning, the vote was finally concluded and guess what? Joe Biden was affirmed, certified and ratified, yet again, as the winner of the 2020 election. VP Mike Pence confirmed it, as president of the Senate, and Pence seemed especially… something. Republican colleagues said that Pence was “madder” than they’d ever seen him, and especially disillusioned about how Trump basically sent those terrorists into the Capitol FOR Pence.
Joe Biden had already been seen before the Capitol was retaken – he gave a speech in Delaware, calling on the terrorists to GTFO and calling on Donald Trump to tell his terrorist supporters to stand down.
And finally, Donald Trump conceded the election after all of that. He issued this statement, which was posted on Dan Scavino’s Twitter account because Twitter had locked Trump’s account: “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. I have always said we would continue our fight to ensure that only legal votes were counted. While this represents the end of the greatest first term in presidential history, it’s only the beginning of our fight to Make America Great Again!” That’s a threat. He’s explicitly threatening all of us, and America itself.
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