The certification of an Electoral College was on Wednesday suddenly interrupted by Pro – Trump members. They stormed the U.S capitol, arguing that the 2020 Presidential election was fraudulent.
Traditionally state electoral votes are reported to congress, counted and declared at a joint session of Congress held on January 6 of the year after the election. A majority of electoral votes (270 of 538) is required to win. However the results submitted by any state can challenge the joint session. Shortly after everything is settled, the winner is announced.
On January 6th, this year, the Congress began the process of counting the Electoral College votes. On many press sites – such as CNN, BBC and The Telegraph this was recorded, and reported live. However, suddenly these live recordings stopped.
The process was interrupted for about six hours by a mob storming the capitol. Pro Trump members were obviously filled by fury, and breeched the capitol buildings in anger over Trump not winning the election, and moreover the belief that he was the victim of a ballot fraud. Some attackers interviewed claimed that Trump had “encouraged them to be here”. Thousands were lead to believe that the 2020 election was stolen by “bold and radical left democrats”.
It is hard, and terrifying really, to consider exactly how this attack was possible. But what is certain, is that it should not have been.
For weeks President Donald Trump have neglected Joe Bidens win in the 2020 election and future presidency; “does anybody believe that Joe Biden had 80 million votes? …Third world countries have more honest elections than this.”
The irony of it all, is that this event more or less portrays the Trump-supporters and republicans as radicals themselves:
“If you do not fight like hell, you are not going to have a country anymore… So we are going to walk down Pennsylvania Avenue… and we are going to the Capitol, and we are going to try and give… them the kind of pride and boldness that they need to take back our country,” -Trump said in his speech hours before the Capitol was stormed.
This tragic happening is without doubt an assault on the American democracy. As Joe Biden himself says, an attack on “democracy, on justice and on the press.” Trump’s staff, and many of the republicans who once supported Trump, are now distancing themselves from the president. With the 25th amendment to support it, there are growing calls for President Trump to be removed from office (just 13 days before the end of his term).
The 25th amendment does not, initially, require a vote of congress to remove Donald Trump. It requires the Vice President and the majority of the cabinet to certify that the President is unfit, or unable to serve. Whether this will be possible or not, is yet unclear.