The certification was not without incident though. Violent Trump supporters were adamant to disrupt Congress and matched onto Capitol Hill breaking windows.
Police barricaded Capitol Hill but still the U.S. legislators were forced to evacuate the building bringing a temporary halt to the vote counting.
It took police more than 4 hours to disperse the rioters before the lawmakers were able to return to finish the vote count.
After an all-night of counting, US press reported that approximately 3 AM in the morning, ‘Congress had certified enough electoral votes to surpass the 270 threshold that guaranteed Biden would become the 46th president.’
The final vote count showed Joe Biden received 306 votes while Donald J. Trump received 232 votes.
Vice President Mike Pence then announced “…the announcement of the state of the vote by the president of the Senate, shall be deemed a sufficient declaration of the persons elected president and vice president of the United States each for the term beginning on the 20th day of January, 2021.”
TRUMP ACCEPTS BIDEN’S WIN
Unwillingly, outgoing US President Donald Trump has succumbed defeat and released a statement accepting to step down in what he said will be 'an orderly transition' of power.
“Even though I totally disagree with the outcome of the election, and the facts bear me out, nevertheless there will be an orderly transition on January 20th,” reads Trump's statement in part.
He however pledged to keep 'fighting.'
“I have always said we would continue our fight to ensure that only legal votes were counted. While this represents the end of our greatest first term in presidential history, it’s only the beginning of our fight to Make America Great Again!”
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