Some Republican senators unexpectedly changed their plans and said they would no longer object to congressional certification of the Electoral College vote for Joe Biden.
According to the AP, senators changed their mind after a group of protesters broke into the Capitol on Wednesday afternoon, causing chaos, disrupting the joint session and even a woman was shot dead.
Senator Steve Daines in Montana, Senator Mike Braun in Indiana and Senator Kelly Loeffler in Georgia have all said they will refuse to challenge Biden Electoral College votes as planned due to the violence. born. Previously, the three senators had signed the right to join a group of House members led by Mo Brooks.
As soon as protesters entered the building, a state of emergency was declared, Vice President Mike Pence and lawmakers were forced out of the conference hall to seek refuge. Senator Loeffler said that “the violence, lawlessness and encirclement of Parliament” is a “direct attack” on “the dignity of the American democratic process”.
Ms. Loeffler only has a few days left in her term. She would have lost the Senate elections to Democratic candidate Raphael Warnock.
However, on social media, numerous comments said the disruptors may not have been Trump supporters but bad actors mixed up in rioting.
A retired military officer told the Washington Times that XRVision used its software to perform facial recognition of protesters and found that two of the Antifa members in Philadelphia matched both. man inside the Senate.