Update (3:15 p.m.): President-elect Joe Biden has called the violent protests on the U.S. Capitol “an assault on the most sacred of American undertakings: the doing of the people’s business.”
Biden also demanded President Donald Trump to immediately make a televised address calling on his supporters to cease the violence that he described as an “unprecedented assault’ as pro-Trump protestors violently occupy U.S. Capitol.
Biden’s condemnation came after violent protesters breached the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday afternoon, forcing a delay in the constitutional process to affirm the president-elect’s victory in the November election.
Biden addressed the violent protests as authorities struggled to take control of a chaotic situation at the Capitol that led to the evacuation of lawmakers.
Original (1:30 p.m.): President-elect Joe Biden is slated to deliver remarks on the economy as members of Congress met in a joint session on Wednesday to confirm his electoral win over President Donald Trump.
The session, which is required by law and typically routine, has erupted into chaos in Washington D.C. as Trump supporters clashed with police outside the U.S. Capitol.
Meanwhile, Biden will speak at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in Wilmington, Delaware, where he has remained during the transition. His remarks will be livestreamed in this article, but delays are possible. If there is not a livestream available, check back at a later time.
Republican lawmakers mounted their first official challenge to Biden’s presidential election win Wednesday, objecting to state results from Arizona as they took up Trump’s relentless effort to overturn the election results.
In the House chamber, Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona, flanked by Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, rose to object to the typically-routine acceptance of electors.
The objection now forces two hours of debate in the House and Senate, sending lawmakers away to separate deliberations.
Defying Trump, Vice President Mike Pence said Wednesday that he does not have the power to discard electoral votes that will make Biden the next president on Jan. 20.