Congress certifies Biden’s win after Trump supporters storm U.S. Capitol

Pence presides over the joint session of Congress. (AFP via Getty Images)
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The US Congress formally validated Joe Biden’s 2020 presidential election victory early Thursday after angry supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the US Capitol building, marching through the building, shouting and waving Trump flags.

Vice President Mike Pence, who presided over the vote count, formally announced the results of Biden’s 306-232 win over Trump in the Electoral College.

The confirmation came nearly 12 hours after pro Trump mob forced shaken lawmakers and aides to flee the building, shielded by Capitol Police.

How the chaos unfolded

• Hundreds of President Trump’s supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol as Congress was convening a joint session to count the certified Electoral College votes affirming Joe Biden’s election victory.

• Some breached hallways, offices and even the Senate chamber, forcing evacuations. Others broke windows to get inside.

• Capitol police were seen with guns drawn in an armed standoff near the door to the House floor. Lawmakers were instructed to put on protective gas masks because police had deployed chemical irritants in Statuary Hall.

• A woman who was shot by police later died. She was identified by local news reports as Ashli Babbit, an Air Force veteran and Trump supporter from San Diego.

• Three others who suffered medical emergencies also died, officials said.

• Mayor Muriel Bowser ordered a 6 p.m. ET citywide curfew, and the D.C. National Guard was activated.

• The joint session resumed on Wednesday night after the Capitol was cleared, and Congress formally certified Biden’s win in the wee hours of Thursday morning.

• Trump, who had spoken at a rally urging demonstrators to surround the Capitol, reportedly watched the mayhem on TV from the White House dining room.

• Vice President Mike Pence, who was presiding over the vote count, called on those who illegally entered the Capitol Building to leave immediately.

• President-elect Biden called on Trump to “step up” and condemn his supporters who breached the Capitol.

• Trump released a video telling demonstrators to “go home,” but repeated his false claims that the election was “stolen from us.”

• The video was subsequently blocked by Facebook and Twitter, with both platforms temporarily suspending him.

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