The US Congress Thursday affirmed Democrat Joe Biden’s win in the presidential election of November 3rd. This was the last step prior to Biden’s inauguration scheduled for January 20th. The validation came after a long and troublesome day, marred by an assault on the Capitol by angry Trump supporters. Trump admitted the end of his term in office and promised “an orderly transition.”
Thousands of supporters of US President Donald Trump rallied in front of the Capitol in Washington on Wednesday and tore down several security barriers, leading to clashes with police and chaotic scenes in front of the US Congress, where Congressmen met to officially validate Democrat Joe Biden’s election victory.
At least 4 people died and 52 were arrested during the storming of the Capitol, police sources said.
American democracy put at test
Shocking images travelled around the world on Wednesday, when the US Capitol Building was taken by storm by Donald Trump supporters. Called upon to come to Washington and encouraged by the president himself, they absurdly tried to stop Congress from certifying the result of the presidential election, which they believe was rigged, Radio Romania International reports.
The idea of the elections being stolen was in fact introduced to US public agenda and promoted by Trump himself before, during and after elections, without being able to provide any valid proof. Dozens of court cases brought by the Republicans were all dismissed and the Electoral College confirmed the victory of Democrat Joe Biden. Donald Trump ignored all these facts, becoming increasingly isolated even within his own party, with many Republican leaders acknowledging defeat. One such figure is vice-president Mike Pence, who was pressured by president Trump not to recognise Biden’s victory. Pence told those who wrought havoc in Congress that they did not win, that violence never wins, freedom does, while the leader of Senate Republicans Mitch McConnell described the riots as “failed insurrection”.
The Senate’s top Democrat Chuck Schumer said Wednesday’s events did not happen spontaneously. He accused president Trump, who he said “promoted conspiracy theories and motivated these thugs”, of bearing much of the blame. The attack on the Capitol was also described as insurrection by president elect Joe Biden, who called on Donald Trump to step in firmly to stop the violence and protect the Constitution.
On Wednesday, Trump posted several video messages on Twitter in which he thanked his supporters for their support, refusing to admit defeat and insisting that he won the elections and that his victory was stolen. He did tell protesters to go home, so as to have peace, law and order.
Leaders from around the world have condemned the events in Washington. UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres said politicians must impart on their supporters the need to refrain from violence and respect democratic processes. EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell and NATO secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg said the result of the elections won by Democrat Joe Biden must be respected. What happened in America is “not American”, said French president Emmanuel Macron, while British prime minister Boris Johnson described the scenes coming out of Washington as “disgraceful”, Radio Romania International reported.
Reactions from Bucharest
MAE on Twitter: Capitol Hill violence is disquieting and unacceptable
The Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) sent a message on Twitter on Wednesday night in the context of the protests in Washington, showing that “Capitol Hill violence is disquieting and unacceptable.”
“The violence on Capitol Hill in Washington DC is disquieting and unacceptable. We have confidence in US democracy, which should remain a global model, and we are confident that the situation will soon deescalate to allow the resumption of vote validation,” the MAE said on Twitter.
USR’s Barna: Nothing of what democracy means is definitely won
Deputy Prime Minister Dan Barna said Wednesday night that what is happening now in the United States shows that “nothing of what democracy means is definitely won.”
“What is happening now in the United States shows us that nothing, absolutely nothing that means democracy is definitively won. At any moment things can run back. What is happening now in the United States shows us that every day and every moment of democracy in a country must be permanently and continuously defended and guarded by involvement and participation. The fact that we now see in America of all dreams images similar to the memories of 30 years ago in our Romania is the most eloquent proof that every generation must fight for its piece of freedom and democracy,” Barna wrote on Facebook.
He expressed his solidarity with the American people, as well as his conviction that the United States would succeed in overcoming this moment.
“I have no doubt that America will get over this moment as Romania went through the similar traumas of the ’90s. History has this bad habit of repeating itself in one place or another. Solidarity and support for the American people,” Dan Barna said.
Democrats Abroad: Anarchy will not prevail. Democracy will
The attack on the Capitol on the afternoon of January 6 may be the most dangerous moment in US history since the Civil War.
This attempted disruption of Congressional certification of the election is the culmination of years of Donald Trump and his Republican enablers that have promoted white supremacy and racial discord, feeding them with lies and falsehoods, and preparing them for violence, a press release issued by Democrats Abroad sent to Nine O’Clock shows.
“While Democrats Abroad supports the right of all Americans, including pro-Trump demonstrators, to express their views, we demand prosecution to the fullest extent of the law of those who would use force to overthrow our elected government. Illegal protests that use violence and vandalism should be treated as such. The color of their skin should not allow them to walk away without ramifications. We believe the racial injustice on evidence here is deafening”.
“We are grateful to our Congressional Representatives and Senators who were, as Senator Amy Klobuchar (MN) has said, committed to reconvening and finishing the job that they started today. Anarchy will not prevail. Democracy will.
Radu Florescu, Committee Country Chair of Democrats Abroad Romania, said: “What took place in Washington yesterday was a stain on the US standing both at home and abroad. The falsehoods and lies that have been streaming from the Trump administration has culminated into violence at Capitol Hill unprecedented in our nation’s history. Despite these acts of violence, our country will prevail under a new leadership that will work to unite our nation and bring our allies into the fold. After the certification process by Congress, we look forward to the incoming Biden administration and a new beginning for America.”
About Democrats Abroad
Democrats Abroad is the official Democratic Party arm for the millions of Americans living outside the United States, striving to provide Americans abroad a Democratic voice in the government and elect Democratic candidates by mobilizing the overseas vote.
Democrats Abroad has 42 country committees throughout Europe, the Americas, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. These country committees keep Americans abroad informed of their rights and help them participate in the U.S. political process.
Members live in more than 190 countries, Romania included, around the globe and vote in every state and Congressional district in the U.S.
Democrats Abroad is recognized as a “state” party by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and is represented on the DNC by eight voting members, as well as at the quadrennial Democratic National Convention.