Biden: Certifies Trump’s Election and Declares ‘It is Over’ to Dems Objections

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During a Joint Session of Congress to count the Electoral College votes on Friday, Vice President Joe Biden shut down several Democrats after they raised objections to Trump’s victory.

Protests were on grounds varying from complaints that members of the Electoral College in various states were illegitimate, to voting rights violations on Election Day to Russia’s interference in the election, reports the Washington Examiner.

Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) cited Russia’s interference during the election in the first Democratic objection to Trump’s Electoral College victory. Vice President Biden ruled McGovern’s objection out of order because it wasn’t backed by a senator.

Democratic Reps. Jamie Raskin (Md.) and Pramila Jayapal (Wash.) also raise objections, though Biden shut them down.

Reps. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), Sheila Jackson Lee(D-Texas) and Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) attempted to voice protests as well. Grijalva attempted four times, but was denied each time by Biden.

Jaypapal can be seen in the video below stating her objection multiple times, to which Biden replied, “There is no debate, and if it’s not signed by a senator the objection cannot be entertained.” He then slammed down his gavel and declared, “It is over!” prompting laughs and cheers from among Congressional Republicans.

The congressional session marks the final step in making Trump’s White House victory official. Biden announced the result: Trump received 304 electoral votes, and Hillary Clinton won 227.

Just as Biden finished, three by-standing protesters were escorted out of the gallery by Capitol Police.

Despite these disruptions, the congressional address reportedly went smoothly and lasted less than one hour.

H/T: The Hill , Washington Examiner 







 

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