4 months ago

DC extends state of emergency 15 days

District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser cited the “reasonable apprehension of an ongoing public emergency” in issuing an order this evening extending an earlier state of emergency for a total of 15 days.

“President Trump continues to fan rage and violence by contending that the Presidential election was invalid,” Bowser said in the order. “Persons are dissatisfied with judicial rulings and the findings of State Boards of Elections, and some persons can be expected to continue their violent protests through the inauguration” on Jan. 20.

The order authorizes the city administrator to implement measures necessary to “protect persons and property” in the capital, including requesting financial assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA.

4 months ago

Some White House officials concerned about keeping Trump in office

Some officials in the White House tell Yamiche Alcindor that there is growing concern that President Donald Trump is not deterred by the kind of violence seen Wednesday when supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol.

“What we see from the president here is someone who is focused solely on staying in power, solely on his own political fortunes and there are people around him … who are finally, I think, getting to the point where they are genuinely scared,” Alcindor said.

4 months ago

Senate rejects challenge to Biden Arizona win

The Senate has overwhelmingly turned aside a challenge to President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in Arizona, guaranteeing the result will stand.

The objection to the results in Arizona — spearheaded by Rep. Paul Gosar and Sen. Ted Cruz — was rejected 93-6 on Wednesday night. All votes in favor came from Republicans.

-The Associated Press

4 months ago

Sen. Lindsey Graham: ‘It is over’

Sen. Lindsay Graham, R-S.C., gave a speech on the Senate floor defending the right for his colleagues to object to the results of the presidential election, but added that he didn’t agree with them and believed it was a “uniquely bad idea.”

In making his case that it’s time to move on, Graham cited the lack of evidence of widespread fraud and the numerous court decisions throwing out attempts by President Donald Trump and his allies to dispute the election results.

“When it’s over, it’s over,” Graham said. “Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are lawfully elected and will become the president and vice president of the United States on January the 20th.”

4 months ago

Romney says misinformation from Trump makes it difficult to convince voters of the truth

Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, said it is difficult to convince the Trump supporters who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 about the fairness of the election because the president continues to spread misinformation about it. He added that the best way to show these upset voters respect is to tell them the truth.

“The truth is that President-elect Biden won the election. President Trump lost. I’ve had that experience myself, it’s not fun,” said the former presidential candidate, who lost to former President Barack Obama in 2012.

Romney encouraged Congress members to refrain from objections, continue with the electoral vote and affirm the legitimacy of the 2020 Presidential election.

4 months ago

30 people arrested for violating DC curfew

Police have arrested 30 people for violating a curfew imposed in Washington, D.C., after rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol.

Officials say the 30 people were arrested Wednesday evening after being found on the streets after the 6 p.m.

The curfew had been imposed after scores of supporters of President Donald Trump broke into the Capitol, halting the constitutional process of voting to certify President-elect Joe Biden’s win. They were later forcibly removed from the Capitol.

The Metropolitan Police Department said 15 other people had been arrested on Tuesday and Wednesday in various protest-related arrests on an array of charges, including weapons possession and assault.

Fire officials also took 13 people to area hospitals on Wednesday from protest-related injuries.

-The Associated Press

4 months ago

New York sends 1,000 National Guard troops to DC

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is sending 1,000 members of the state’s National Guard to Washington, D.C., to help “the peaceful transition of presidential power.”

Cuomo, a Democrat, said 1,000 troops would be sent for up to two weeks at the request of U.S. National Guard officials. It comes after a mob of President Donald Trump’s supporters rampaged through the U.S. Capitol.

Cuomo said in a statement Wednesday: “For 244 years, the cornerstone of our democracy has been the peaceful transfer of power, and New York stands ready to help ensure the will of the American people is carried out, safely and decisively.”

They will join law enforcement from Virginia, Maryland and New Jersey who are also coming to D.C.’s aid.

The president’s supporters incited chaos in a protest over a transfer of power to President-elect Joe Biden. Trump convinced them that he was cheated out of a victory by rampant, widespread voter fraud, a false claim.

-The Associated Press

4 months ago

Loeffler: ‘I cannot now in good conscience object to’ electoral certification

Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., said on the Senate floor tonight that she had “fully intended to object to the certification of the electoral votes” when she arrived in Washington this morning, hours after losing a runoff election to Democrat Raphael Warnock. But, she said, “the events that have transpired today have forced me to reconsider.”

“I cannot now in good conscience object to the certification of these electors,” Loeffler said. “The violence, the lawlessness and siege of the halls of Congress are abhorrent and stand as a direct attack on the very institution my objection was intended to protect: the American democratic process.”

Loeffler continued to say she believes there were “irregularities” and other last-minute changes to the 2020 election process that resulted in “too many Americans losing confidence” in the election’s integrity and the “power of the ballot as a tool of democracy.”

“Nevertheless, there is no excuse for the events that took place in these chambers today and I pray that America never suffers such a dark day again,” Loeffler said.

4 months ago

McConnell: ‘We will certify the winner of the 2020 presidential election’

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., described the crowd that interrupted proceedings in Congress today as “unhinged” during a speech this evening as senators returned to their chambers to resume their session.

“The United States Senate will not be intimidated,” McConnell said. “We will not be kept out of this chamber by thugs, mobs or threats. We will not bow to lawlessness or intimidation. We are back at our posts. We will discharge our duty under the constitution and for our nation. And we’re going to do it tonight.”

McConnell said the process of counting votes and hearing objections would continue “by the book” and the winner of the presidential election would be certified, but he did not mention President-elect Joe Biden by name, nor did he reference President Donald Trump, who has been blamed by many lawmakers for inciting the violence that occurred at the Capitol today.

McConnell, who has been majority leader since Republicans took control of the Senate in 2015, will soon become minority leader as Democrats have clinched the majority today after Jon Ossoff won his Senate race in Georgia, beating out incumbent David Perdue.

 

4 months ago

Obama urges Republican leaders to ‘choose reality’

Former President Barack Obama said the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday is “a moment of great dishonor and shame” for the United States, but not a surprise.

In a statement Wednesday night, Obama criticized President Donald Trump’s repeated but baseless accusations of fraud in the 2020 presidential election.”For two months now, a political party and its accompanying media ecosystem has too often been unwilling to tell their followers the truth — that this was not a particularly close election and that President-elect Biden will be inaugurated on January 20,” he said.

Obama went on to commend Republican leaders — including state and local officials — who have spoken out against the president’s rhetoric. “We need more leaders like these — right now and in the days, weeks, and months ahead as President-elect Biden works to restore a common purpose in our politics.”

Obama is one of a number of current and former public officials who have released statements in the aftermath of a violent pro-Trump mob forcing its way into the Capitol building today.

Amid the clashes between his supporters and police, Trump released a video statement doubling down on his false election fraud claims while also asking that protests remain peaceful and respect law enforcement.