Congress has formally validated Joe Biden's presidential election victory, hours after a time-honored ceremony became a nightmare of unprecedented political terror. (Jan. 7)
After a day of riots at the Capitol, Congress counted the Electoral College votes and confirmed the win for President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. Hours after a bloody insurrection on Capitol Hill, Congress got back to work and certified President-elect Joe Biden's election victory. Missouri Republican Sen. Josh Hawley said he will object when Congress counts the Electoral College votes next week, which will force lawmakers in both the House and Senate to vote on whether to accept the results of President-elect Joe Biden's victory.
Hawley is the first senator to announce plans to object to the results, which is significant because both a House member and senator are required to mount an objection when Congress counts the Electoral College votes on January 6.
The objection will not change the outcome of the election, only delaying the inevitable affirmation of Biden's victory in November over President Donald Trump. Democrats will reject any objections in the House, and multiple Republican senators have argued against an objection that will provide a platform for Trump's baseless conspiracy theories claiming the election was stolen from him.
Hawley's objection, which other senators may still join, will also put many of his Senate Republican colleagues in a difficult political position, forcing them to vote on whether to side with Trump or with the popular will of the voters.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has privately urged Senate Republicans not to join the group of House members who are planning to object. Senate Majority Whip John Thune argued against it publicly, prompting a rebuke from Trump on Twitter and the threat of a primary challenge.
Trump has been pushing for Congress to try to overturn the election result as his campaign's attempts to overturn the election through the courts have been repeatedly rejected.
#TheSituationRoom #KaitlinCollins The US Congress has certified the Electoral College win of Democrats Joe Biden and Kamala Harris officially making them the next president and vice president of the United States, after a chaotic day of protest on the Capitol Hill which saw pro-Trump rioters breach the building.
The certification finalises the 2020 US electoral process and ensures that Biden and Harris will be inaugurated on January 20, despite Trump's weeks-long efforts to overturn the vote, including urging his supporters to converge on the Capitol on Wednesday, resulting in rioting inside and outside the building.
Al Jazeera's Heidi Zhou-Castro joins us now live from Washington, DC for the latest updates.