WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence said Wednesday night “violence never wins,” as he spoke in the Senate Chamber more than six hours after pro-Trump mobs attacked the Capitol and forced lawmakers to flee.
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Pence made the remarks as the Senate resumed debating the Republican challenge against Democrat Joe Biden’s presidential election victory.
Scores of Republican representatives and 13 GOP senators had planned to object Wednesday to the electoral votes of perhaps six states that backed Biden. It was unclear whether those objections would continue in light of the day’s violent events.
President Donald Trump has falsely insisted that the election was marred by fraud and that he actually won. He reiterated those claims in remarks to thousands of protesters outside the White House early Wednesday and goaded them to march to the Capitol, which many of them did.
The mayhem had forced the House and Senate to abruptly end the day’s debates and flee to safety under the protection of police. And it prompted bipartisan outrage as many lawmakers blamed Trump for fostering the violence.