WASHINGTON, D.C. (KLAS) — Congress has dismissed Republican objections to Pennsylvania’s electoral vote. The state’s votes will go to President-elect Joe Biden, as the Electoral College vote certification process continues.
Earlier on, 56 House Republicans objected to Nevada’s electoral votes as congress worked on the certification process. While the objection was in writing, it was not signed by a senator and ultimately dismissed. The Silver State’s six electoral votes have officially been given to President-elect Joe Biden.
Congress reconvened in the House Chambers to resume the Electoral College count vote Wednesday night after President Trump’s supporters tried to gain access to proceedings. A lockdown at the Capitol began, with protesters taking up spots on Capitol grounds after waving flags in the streets.
Members of Congress were ordered to “shelter in place.” Inside the House chamber, members were told by police to put on gas masks after tear gas was dispersed in the Capitol Rotunda amid skirmishes with Trump supporters. Law enforcement instructed lawmakers to retrieve masks from under their seats amid the clashes.
At least one explosive device was found near the Capitol building. Law enforcement officials said the device was no longer a threat by Wednesday afternoon.
Trump issued a restrained call for peace during the riot. In a video message, Trump urged supporters to “go home” as he also continued attacks about the presidential election.
The video was issued more than two hours after protesters began storming the Capitol. Trump opened his video, saying, “I know your pain. I know your hurt. But you have to go home now.”
Facebook and Twitter later blocked the president was posting for at least 12 hours. Both companies said the president violated their policies.
Nearly 6 hours later, officials declared the Capitol “secure” after heavily armed police moved to end a nearly four-hour violent occupation by supporters of President Trump. One woman was shot and killed inside the building. Three others died due to medical emergencies, officials said.
No member of Congress or staff were hurt. Members of Nevada’s congressional delegation and their staff said they had to shelter-in-place. Some members of Congress were moved to an undisclosed location in the complex.
Officials at the Pentagon said Wednesday that about 1,100 D.C. National Guard members are being mobilized to help support law enforcement at the U.S. Capitol..
President-elect Joe Biden called the violent protests “an assault on the most sacred of American undertakings: the doing of the people’s business.”
Biden also demanded Trump immediately make a televised address calling on his supporters to cease the violence.
Police fired teargas on protesters after they broke through police lines. Protesters “storming” the Capitol ascended terraces on the building.
Some clashes between police and protesters were violent and at one point guns were drawn by police outside the entrance to the U.S. House.
Police initially offered little resistance to the huge crowd outside the Capitol, but have now begun working to clear the area. The Department of Homeland Security sent additional federal agents to help quell violence.
As protesters stormed the Capitol, President Trump asked them to support Capitol Police. About 30 minutes later, he sent out another — more strongly worded — tweet calling for protestors to be peaceful.
Vice President Mike Pence urged an end to the violence and destruction, and said anyone involved should leave the building. “Peaceful protest is the right of every American but this attack on our Capitol will not be tolerated and those involved will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
Former President George W. Bush said he and his wife, Laura, were sickened and heartbroken over the “mayhem” in Washington and watched in “disbelief and dismay” as events unfolded.
Bush said the “assault” on the Capitol on Wednesday and the disruption of a constitutionally mandated meeting to affirm Democrat Joe Biden’s victory was “undertaken by people whose passions have been inflamed by falsehoods and false hopes.”
Bush addressed those who are disappointed by the election result, saying, “Our country is more important than the politics of the moment.”
The mayor of Washington, D.C., ordered a 6 p.m. curfew. Emergency measures will be in place for at least 2 weeks, she said.
The FBI is leading the investigation and was asking anyone with photos or videos from the riot to send them to fbi.gov/USCapitol.
At least 50 people were arrested as part of the riot Wednesday, DC Metro police said.
A tweet before the riot Wednesday from the Nevada Republican Party cited “130,000 fraudulent votes” in Nevada,” a claim Nevada’s Republican Secretary of State, Democratic governor and nonpartisan supreme court have all said there is no evidence of. The party did not respond to a request for comment Wednesday.