Joe Biden Wins US Presidential Election, But Country Remains Divided

Joe Biden Wins US Presidential Election, But Country Remains Divided

United States Vice President Mike Pence declares that Joe Biden will become President of the United States on the 20th of January.

President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College win has just been certified by lawmakers hours after rioters breached the U.S. Capitol.

Here is how this turbulent night unfolded on Twitter:

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CEOs, industry groups and popular artists denounced the riots:

As explained by BBC, the 25th amendment is an amendment to the Constitution that says if the president is unable to perform his duties, the responsibility can be re-designated. In this case, it would require a majority of cabinet leaders plus Vice-President Mike Pence to write to Congress’ leaders and say Pence is becoming acting-president as Trump is unfit.

The 25th amendment has never been invoked since it was ratified in 1967.

Nothing has been formally presented to Pence at the moment. Some have already called on Pence to trigger the 25th, accusing Trump of inciting of violence, including the National Association of Manufactures chief, the head of the NAACP and Vermont’s Republican governor.

Both Twitter and Facebook locked Trump’s accounts over his claims of election fraud and support of the rioters.

Politicians worldwide expressed concerns over what was happening in the U.S. Capitol:

President-elect Joe Biden forcefully denounced the storming of the U.S. Capitol by pro-Trump rioters, calling it an unprecedented assault on the nation’s democracy that “borders on sedition.”

He urged President Trump to publicly “demand an end to this siege.” “It’s not protest,” Mr. Biden said. “It’s insurrection.”

“I am genuinely shocked and saddened that our nation—so long the beacon of light and hope for democracy—has come to such a dark moment,” Mr. Biden said.

President Trump eventually issued a statement committing to an orderly transition of power to President-elect Joe Biden on Jan. 20, but said he continued to “totally disagree with the outcome of the election.”

Just one conclusion by the thinking public:

You may have yours.

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