UPDATE: A still defiant Donald Trump has for the first time, publicly acknowledged his election loss. The U.S. President released a statement this morning saying there would be an orderly transition of power on January 20th. His statement went on to say that he still disagrees with the outcome of the election and this marks the end of the greatest first term in presidential history. Congress certified President-elect Joe Biden’s victory early this morning after a throng of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol yesterday.
Officials have declared the inside of the U.S. Capitol secure almost five hours after violent pro-Trump protestors disrupted the Electoral College count. President Donald Trump called in the National Guard to control the rioters hours after the chaos began.
At the urging of President-elect Joe Biden, Trump issued a call for peace, but many are calling it insincere as he again reiterated unsubstantiated claims the November election was fraudulent.
The scene early Tuesday night shows police loading rioters into vans secured by zip-tied handcuffs. There is no word yet on any formal charges. It does appear that police have brought a semblance of control to the throng of crowds outside the Capitol at this hour.
Pro-Donald Trump supporters breached the Capitol’s security and entered as Congress was debating challenges to President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College win. The protest came after Trump rallied supporters earlier Tuesday with unfounded statements of fraudulent election results with comments like, “never concede” and urged them to march to the Hill.
There was an armed standoff at the front doors of the House at about 3:00 pm EST but that situation was diffused without gunfire. However, a woman was shot on the grounds of the Capitol and has since died from her injuries.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted a message Tuesday night, “Canadians are deeply disturbed and saddened by the attack on democracy in the United States, our closest ally and neighbour. Violence will never succeed in overruling the will of the people. Democracy in the US must be upheld – and it will be.”