US Congress has confirmed Democrats, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’ election victory after a chaotic day of protests on Capitol Hill that saw pro-Trump rioters breach the Congress building.
The latest development concludes the 2020 US electoral process, with President elect Joe Biden set to be sworn in on the 20th of this month.
The chaos unleashed on the US Capitol by Donald Trump’s supporters dominated front pages across the world this Thursday, with headlines such as “Trump sets fire to Washington”, “Democracy under siege”, and “The Coup of Madness”.
International media blamed outgoing president Trump for encouraging the violence with President-elect Joe Biden denouncing the storming of the US Capitol.
“What we’re seeing is a small number of extremists dedicated to lawlessness. This is not dissent. It’s a disorder. It’s chaos. It borders on sedition. And it must end now,” said President-elect Joe Biden.
A number of senators also voiced their concern over the unprecedented electoral violence.
“When I arrived in Washington this morning I fully intended to object to the certification of electoral votes. However, the events that have transpired today have forced me to reconsider, and I cannot in good conscience object to the certification of these electors,” said senator Kelly Loeffler.
Democratic leader Chuck Schumer weighed in: “This mob was in good part President Trump’s doing, incited by his words, his lies. This violence in good part his responsibility, his everlasting shame, this will be a stain on our country not so easily washed away, the final, terrible indelible legacy of the 45th President of the United States.
Lindsey Graham, a Republican senator, said “Trump and I, we’ve had a hell of a journey. I hate it being this way. Oh my God I hate it. From my point of view, he’s been a consequential president. But today, first thing you’ll see, all I can say is count me out. Enough is enough. I’ve tried to be helpful.”
World leaders and governments also expressed shock and outrage at Wednesday’s events, with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson taking to Twitter to condemn the disgraceful scenes in the U.S. Congress, calling for peaceful and orderly transfer of power.
German President Frank-Walter denounced the attack at the heart of American democracy.
“This was an attack at the heart of American democracy, an attack that has cost the lives of 4 people. The images have shocked us, and showed us how vulnerable even the oldest and the most powerful democracy in the world is,” said German President Frank-Walter.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday’s actions reflect the vulnerabilities that lie within America’s democracy.
“What we saw in the United States yesterday (Wednesday) evening and today shows above all how fragile and vulnerable Western democracy is. Its foundations are not solid.”
French President Emmanuel Macron further denounced the violence saying it is a direct attack on the ideals of democracy.
“When, in one of the world’s oldest democracies, supporters of an incumbent president challenge the legitimate results of an election by force of arms. It is a universal idea, that of one man, one vote, being beaten,” Macron said.
Reports say there are growing calls in the United States for President Trump to be removed from office after he failed to condemn his supporters for storming the US Capitol Building.
According to American law, there are two ways of removing a president from office: Impeachment and the 25th Amendment of the US constitution.
However, with only a few days left before Biden’s swearing in ceremony on the 20th of this month, an impeachment would be impossible to complete, which has prompted calls to invoke the 25th Amendment.