Violence never wins. Freedom wins. Let’s get back to work. With those words, which will be remembered throughout history, the Vice President of the United States, Mike Pence, resumed on Wednesday night the joint session in Congress that hours before had been interrupted for the assault of a “mob” of extremists inflamed by Donald Trump. The extraordinary meeting, which lasted until dawn and continued this Thursday, concluded the mission for which the legislators had been summoned: to certify the triumph of Joe Biden as president-elect.
The Senate and the House of Representatives validated the victory of the democrat in the elections on November 3 after counting his 306 final electoral votes, compared to 232 for the outgoing president. That’s how Pence announced it shortly before four in the morning on Thursday, local time. It was a mere formality, a procedure that would have gone almost unnoticed had it not been for the attack on the Capitol that cost four people their lives, left fifty detainees and forced the evacuation of both Chambers amid images of chaos and vandalism that were described by Biden himself as an “insurrection”.
The vote in Congress, this time, went smoothly. But the consternation and fear over what had happened could still be seen on the faces of the legislators. The gruesome scenes that shook one of the greatest symbols of American democracy changed their minds to Republican parliamentarians who, encouraged by Trump, had raised objections to the result of the elections. One of the most symbolic voices was that of Senator Kelly Loeffer, who on Wednesday lost her seat in the decisive Georgia elections that have given Democrats control of both Houses.
“The events that took place forced me to reconsider my position. And I cannot in good faith object to certification, ”Loeffler said. Like her, the Republican caucus left Trump practically alone in his latest attempt to reverse his electoral defeat. Only half a dozen senators voted not to recognize the results, including Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley, Cindy Hyde-Smith, Elaine Marshall, John Kennedy and Tommy Tuberville. The maneuver, however, was rejected by Pence, despite the pressure exerted on him by the outgoing president himself, whom he had silently obeyed in these four years in office.
“The final vote totals are a sufficient statement of the people elected as president and vice president of the United States,” declared the still ‘number two’ of the Government. Meanwhile, his words were equally supported by the Republican leader of the Senate, Mitch McConnell, very aligned with Trump throughout his presidency. “The voters, the courts and the states have spoken. If we invalidate them, our republic will be damaged forever, “he said shortly before calling the robbers on the Capitol, which had not been assaulted since 1814, when the British burned it during the War of 1812, as” unhinged.
Even more forceful, Senator Mitt Romney and former Republican candidate for the White House, described what happened as an “insurrection incited by the US president, whose political future has been seriously damaged and around which the voices are growing that demand that he be brought before Justice for inciting disorder. And all this after yesterday, he tried to transmit calm in a statement published on the Twitter page of his spokesman Dan Scavino after his account on the social network was censored. “Although I totally disagree with the outcome of the elections, and the facts support me, there will be an orderly transition on January 20,” the date of the inauguration.
With the Electoral College certification and the excellent results achieved in Georgia, the Democratic leader is already walking steadily towards the presidency. The two seats won in that state by Democrat Raphael Warnock – who will be the first black senator to represent that traditionally conservative region – and Jon Ossoff – who at 33 will be the youngest legislator in the history of his party – assure Biden. the majority in the Upper House. Not surprisingly, although they have 50 seats, the same as the Republicans, the Constitution stipulates that future Vice President Kamala Harris will be able to tie the tie.
Control over the Senate gives Biden full legislative powers as the Democrats, in addition to the White House, they also dominate the House of Representatives. Such a situation had not been experienced since the first two years of the presidency of Barack Obama. The way seems clear for the Democratic leader, who emerges strengthened from an “unprecedented” political crisis and from next January 20 will have the difficult task of beginning to heal the wounds and “restore the soul” of a divided country after four years term of Trump.