By Ike A. Offor
The waiting for the actual and final outcome of the United States presidential election is finally over as the Vice President has broken ranks with President Donald Trump to read out the electoral college votes results and the Congress certifies it.
The ball game has come to a total halt for Donald Trump, who has in a subtle manner asked Mike Pence to refuse the electoral college votes and refer it back for re-examination. This has caused many to call out the President for sedition.
Yesterday, Trump in a tweet has called Pence some bad names and it became clear that they are no more on the same page on the issue of election final results and purported election rigging, which has not produced any acceptable evidence whatsoever.
Trump had this to say about Pence in a tweet on Tuesday .
“Mike Pence didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and our Constitution, giving States a chance to certify a corrected set of facts, not the fraudulent or inaccurate ones which they were asked to previously certify. USA demands the truth!”
The accusations of election rigging has been nothing but verbal but no tangible evidence has been found on ground to warrant successful court proceedings. This has been why almost all the cases have been thrown away in the court.
Meanwhile, Pence’s chief of staff accuses Trump of locking him out of White House as was reported by Fox News.
Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff Marc Short on Wednesday accused President Trump of revoking his White House access as tensions between Pence and Trump continued to deteriorate. The president publicly and privately lobbied Pence in recent weeks to overturn President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College win.
In a precedent move, which may not be nice to the hearing of Donald Trump, Mike Pence condemned the violence and vandalism at the Capitol. The House chaplain during prayer session called it desecration of the House and condemned it in a strong term.
Vice President Mike Pence in addressing a session of the U.S. Senate on Wednesday evening, praised the resilience of American Democracy and condemned the rioters who stormed the Capitol building amidst the effort to certify the Electoral College vote.
“Today was a dark day in the history of the United States Capitol, but thanks to the swift efforts of U.S. Capitol police, federal, state, and local law enforcement, the violence was quelled, the Capitol is secured, and the people’s work continues,” said Pence after the Senate reconvened for the evening.
Earlier in the day, lawmakers were escorted from the House and Senate chambers after a group of rioters pushed their way into the Capitol building. While it’s unclear how many of them entered, photos show apparent Trump supporters entering an empty Senate chamber, and Capitol security commenced in a stand-off at a barricaded House door. Others entered the offices of lawmakers, and broke windows and Capitol property.
“We condemn the violence that took place here in the strongest possible terms,” Pence told the Senate in the evening. “We grieve the loss of life in these hallowed halls, as well as the injuries suffered by those who defended our Capitol today, and we will always be grateful to the men and women who stayed at their post to defend this historic place.”
“To those who wreaked havoc in our Capitol today: You did not win. Violence never wins. Freedom wins, and this is still the people’s House,” he continued. “As we reconvene in this chamber, the world will again witness the resilience and strength of our democracy, for even in the wake of unprecedented violence and vandalism at this Capitol, the elected representatives of the people of the United States have assembled again, on the very same day, to support and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
The vice president concluded his remarks: “May God bless the United States of America. Let’s get back to work.” He was met with applause from lawmakers in the Senate chamber, who promptly resumed Senate business.
He later read out the electoral college votes and declared the House dissolved, which attracted a big round of applause from the House members.
The question now for President Donald Trump is, where do he go from here, is he going to concede or wait to be escorted out of the White House on the inauguration day?