The aftermath of the incident after Trump supporters broke into the Capitol continued. Many Republican lawmakers who previously supported Trump’s “election fraud theory” officially announced that they would no longer oppose the electoral college vote and support Biden’s victory.
And Trump’s close allies, such as Cruz, Rubio and Holly, although not yet opposing the “election fraud theory”, have condemned the violent activities of Trump supporters.
On the other hand, Vice President Pence has also condemned the violence and called it “a dark day in congressional history”. Senate Majority Leader McConnell condemned Trump and other Republicans, saying that if the losing party in the election overturns the election, American democracy will enter a “death spiral”.
These Republican lawmakers: Support Biden’s victory
According to the U.S. Consumer News and Business Channel (CNBC) on January 6, at the joint meeting of the Senate and the House of Representatives held that day, some Republican legislators originally applied for the establishment of an election review committee to investigate the “election fraud” in the election, but after the Capitol incident, these members Change your mind.
These include Senator Steve Daines, Republican of Montana, James Lankford, Oklahoma, and current Senator Kelly Loef of Georgia. Lawmakers, including fler, said they would push forward for the victory of congressional certification of Biden.
“We will not let today’s violence prevent Congress from approving an election (the winner),” Danes said. We must restore confidence in the electoral process. We must and will achieve a peaceful and orderly transfer of power.
Lankford said in the Senate that the Review Election Committee that he and several colleagues had previously requested would no longer be established. He added that Congress is fighting for Biden’s election as president.
Roy Fleur is the focus of this joint meeting. In 2019, after the resignation of Georgia Senator Johnny Isakson, Governor Kemp appointed Loveler to replace the Senate. The incumbent senator, known as the “far right” also participated in the latest Georgia Senate election.
However, mainstream media, including the Associated Press, confirmed on January 6 that the Democratic candidate Rafael Warnock defeated Royfler and officially became the new senator.
In this way, both parties in the United States will hold 50 votes in the Senate, but considering that Vice President-elect Harris is also a Democrat and has a decisive vote as the President of the Senate, the Democrats finally won a majority in the Senate.
Coupled with the previously powerful House of Representatives, after ten years, the Democratic Party has once again “enclapped” the legislative and executive power of the United States, including the majority party in the House of Representatives, the majority party in the Senate, and the president.
Originally, Roy Fleur planned to raise objections to the election results, but after the events in the Capitol, she said: “What happened today forced me to reconsider this.”
Lindsey Graham, a Republican senator from South Carolina and a close ally of Trump, said he had prayed for Biden’s defeat, but he was the legitimate president of the United States after winning.” Biden and Harris are legally elected and they will become president and vice president of the United States on January 20.”
Rep. Cathy Rodgers, a Republican from Washington State, also said in a statement that she originally proposed the plan to oppose to express concern about “changing the election process without the will of the people”.
But what happened today was “illegal and unacceptable,” and she had decided she would vote for the results of the Electoral College and encourage Trump to condemn and end that madness.”
Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton condemned the incident in a harsh language, calling it a “insurgency”, noting that he “calls for sending troops to restore order if necessary” and calling on Trump supporters to “face the full sanctions of the law”.
At the same time, Cotton also called on Trump to finally admit defeat, saying that “it’s time to accept the election results” and “stop misleading the American people and rejecting mob violence”.
It is worth mentioning that last June, Trump threatened to use the army to end the riots caused by the death of black Freud.
Cotton also echoed, suggesting that Trump use the Insurgency Act of 1807 to deploy U.S. military riot control, and even threatened to send five elite fast counter-retroops, including the 101st Airborne Division.
Trump’s close allies: condemn only violence
CNBC said that some lawmakers have not changed their minds although they have condemned the violence.
At the beginning of the joint meeting, Texas Senator Ted Cruz opposed the result of the Arizona vote, and the speech also drew applause from other Republican lawmakers.
However, as Trump supporters later stormed the Capitol, Cruz condemned on Twitter: “Those who stormed the Capitol need to stop now.
The constitution protects peaceful protests, but violence, whether from the left or the right, is wrong. Those involved in violence are hurting the cause they claim to support.”
In a statement on the afternoon of the 6th, Sen. Josh Hawley, a Republican from Missouri, thanked law enforcement and called for an end to the violence.” Congress must get back to work and get it done.”
Florida Senator Rubio tweeted @Trump and said: “Our law enforcement officers are under attack, and it is vital that you help restore order, send resources to assist the police, and ask those who do so to go back.”
Republican Senator Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming said: “Let’s put it this way, the attack on the Capitol is an attack on democracy. Today, we try to use democratic procedures to solve people’s dissatisfaction.
Violence hinders our ability. Violent protests were unacceptable last summer and are not acceptable now.”
CNN: McConnell strongly condemns Trump
The biggest focus of this joint session of the Senate and the House of Representatives is Vice President Pence, who is also the President of the Senate.
Earlier, Trump had shouted that he hoped Pence would overthrow the election results on the 6th. However, according to the New York Times, which later quoted people familiar with the matter, Pence made it clear to Trump on the 5th that he did not think he had the right to prevent Congress from “winning the election certification” of Biden, but in fact gently rejected Trump’s request.
After the events of the Capitol, Pence later spoke out condemning the violence.
He said it was “a dark day in the history of the United States Congress” and condemned the violence here.
We mourn those who lost their lives in these sacred halls and those who were injured in our Capitol today.”
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, California Republican, called the riot “anti-American.” I condemn any violence that is happening now in the Capitol. I can’t feel more sad or disappointed with the performance of our country at this moment.
This is not the way of the United States. This is not protected by the First Amendment. All this must stop now.
McConnell also issued a statement on the matter, which CNN regarded as a strong condemnation of Trump and many other Republicans.
“Voters, courts and states have all taken a stand.
If we overthrow them, it will always harm our republic… If this election is overturned by the accusations of the losing party, our democracy will enter a death spiral.
We will never see the whole country accept elections again.”
He added: “We can’t always split into two separate parts…
There is nothing in common except mutual hostility and distrust in the few state institutions that we still share together.
Trump tweeted on the same day: “Please support our congressional police and law enforcement.
They are really on the side of our country. Keep peace!”
He later added, “Remember, we are the party of law and order, to respect the law and our great men and women in blue.”