Like many dignitaries across the country, Kearny Mayor Al Santos denounced the chaos at the U.S. Capitol today and he still believes that democracy will triumph when it’s all said and done.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“Democracy today isn’t the mobs and vandals on Capitol Hill. Rather, democracy today is VP Pence stating he would certify the electoral college results electing Joe Biden as the next President,” Santos wrote on Facebook earlier this evening.
“Democracy today is both Warnock and Ossoff winning hard-fought Georgia Senate run-offs, and Chuck Schumer becoming the next Senate Majority Leader. Democracy today is the President-Elect stating he will nominate Judge Merrick Garland, who was ignominiously denied a hearing and vote as a Supreme Court Justice, as the next US Attorney General. Notwithstanding the ugly images, democracy wins today.”
Congress convened today to certify the electoral college results where Joe Biden (D) defeated incumbent Donald Trump (R), but the proceedings were quickly overshadowed by raucous protests that devolved into riots as Trump supporters broke into the Senate.
Nearly five hours after evacuating the Senate, Congress just went back into session and the certification vote is expected to conclude at some point this evening.
“To those who wreaked havoc in our capital today, violence never wins: freedom wins,” Pence said moments ago.
While Trump and Pence asked protesters to go home and not resort to violence, a video from the president, which has since been removed from Twitter, saw him state “we had an election that was stolen from us.”
Twitter flagged the video by Trump in a disclaimer that reads: “This claim of election fraud is disputed, and this Tweet can’t be replied to, Retweeted, or liked due to a risk of violence.”
The president had two other tweets removed and his account will be suspended for at least the next 12 hours.