Your Daily Roundup for January 7th
Let us know your thoughts on the violent attack of January 6th, 2021.
Good morning. This is a special edition of the Daily Roundup covering the pro-Trump attack on our country.
One of the darkest days in American history:
Wednesday, January 6th marked one of the darkest days in the history of the United States of America. As the Congress joined to certify the Electoral Votes that declared Joe Biden and Kamala Harris the winners of the 2020 presidential election, a violent mob, incited by President Trump himself, breached the U.S. Capitol, putting lives at danger and committing what amounted to a desperate and failed attempt to overthrow our government. Four individuals died and many were injured. Several arrests were made, though not nearly as many as during the largely peaceful Black Lives Matter Protests over the summer. There remain more questions to be answered than have been already, including by federal law enforcement and the president himself. This attack on our people must not stand -- and many elected officials and Americans are calling for President Trump and any Republican elected official who encouraged this violence to be removed from office.
Despite the mob attack, Congress certified the Biden Harris victory:
Though the Capitol was seemingly easily breached -- an investigation into how this attack was allowed to happen is prudent and necessary -- after the building was secured Congress reconvened to continue the process of counting the Electoral College votes. What began as 14 Republican Senators objecting to the results in Arizona dropped to 6 after the violent attack, yet still with their own lives previously in peril, 121 Republican members of the House of Representatives voted to overturn the Arizona electoral results; over half of that caucus. 303 Representatives denied their desperate ploy to pick the president they preferred over the will of the voters. At noon on January 20th, 2021, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will be sworn in as President and Vice President of the United States.
A bevy of Trump officials have resigned in protest:
Several high ranking Trump officials and staff resigned in protest against the violent mob incited by the president. Former acting chief of staff and budget director, Mick Mulvaney, joined a growing list of officials that left the White House effective immediately. The deputy national security adviser, Matt Pottinger, the First Lady’s chief of staff, Stephanie Grisham, and the White House social secretary, Rickie Niceta, all resigned in the hours following the attack. President Trump, meanwhile, continued to incite violence on Twitter and was temporarily banned from major social media platforms including Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for his continued role in the plot.
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