Capitol Hill Storm
… He says that democratic institutions have remained strong despite chaos
United States Ambassador to Guyana, Sarah-Ann Lynch, condemned Wednesday’s invasion of the US Capitol by pro-Donald Trump protesters as Congress meets to match the electoral votes that endorse Joe Biden’s election as president.
In a statement on Thursday, Ambassador Lynch said she was deeply shocked and saddened by the events that took place at the US Capitol.
“Lawlessness and terror are always unacceptable, and do not represent US values as enshrined in the US Constitution. Peaceful protests have a role to hold leaders to account, but that is not what we saw yesterday. Despite the chaos, our democratic institutions remain robust. Those responsible will be held to account, and the democratic process will continue. Our nation will have an orderly transition to a new administration on January 20th, ”said Lynch.
The diplomat went on to say that the United States has been tested before and will be tested again, but its strong institutions will always prevail.
Further, he endorsed the legislative representatives he says perform their duties to protect and defend US democracy outstandingly.
Ambassador Lynch has said she is also genuinely heartened by notes from allies and partners around the world about their faith in the strength of US democracy.
Above the result of the presidential election, protesters stormed the US Capitol at around 14:00h on Wednesday, while Senators discussed opposition to Arizona’s electoral votes raised by Trump’s Republican supporters.
According to Al Jazeera, the debate was halted when word came that protesters were in the hall outside the Senate Chamber. Protesters were reportedly overwhelmed by the United States Capitol Police outside, and several protesters successfully breached security and entered the Capitol Building.
They created a scene of chaos and caused members of Congress to flee from the chambers of the House and Senate to be locked down safely elsewhere for several hours.
The riots resulted in one woman being fatally shot by the Police and three others apparently dying from medical emergencies. Also, a U.S. Capitol police officer was said to have been killed, and over a dozen DC Metropolitan Police officers were injured in the riots.
However, following several hours of lockdown, legislators resumed the debates Wednesday night after law enforcement officials cleared and secured the Capitol Building.
The case continued into the early hours of Thursday, when Republican Vice President Mike Pence eventually declared that Democrat Joe Biden was the winner of the U.S. presidential election and his running mate, Senator Kamala Harris, as the winner of the vice. presidency. This was after the Senate and House rejected challenges from Trump loyalists to Biden’s victory, and finally the electoral votes were counted by Congress.
Shortly thereafter, President Trump, who had been adamant that voter fraud was the November 2020 elections, and would not surrender, issued a statement promising an “orderly transition” on January 20, 2021, when Biden will be inaugurated is maintained.
Meanwhile, at a news conference on Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi joined calls for calling the 25th Amendment against President Trump for his role in the unrest on Wednesday, after he urged supporters at a rally earlier in the day to “fight like hell” to prevent Congress from endorsing Biden’s electoral victory.
“The President of the United States encouraged an armed rebellion against America… In calling for this quieter act, the President has carried out an unspeakable attack on our nation and our people. I join the Senate Democratic Leader to call on the Vice President to dismiss this President by calling the 25th Amendment immediately. If the Vice President and Cabinet do not act, Congress may be ready to move forward with an impeachment that is the overwhelming feeling of my bakery and the American people, ”Pelosi declared.
The 25th Amendment sets out how the US president and vice president can be succeeded or replaced.
The US media has reported, on Thursday, that VP Pence is not in favor of calling the amendment, and that they had not yet discussed Trump’s withdrawal of his presidential powers with any Cabinet members.
Federal prosecutors were also reportedly looking into President Trump’s role in the violent riots that left shaking the world’s second-largest democracy.