Updated 4:48 PM ET, January 6, 2021
Opponents of President Donald Trump violated the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday as Congress convened to confirm the presidential and vice presidential election votes.
The Capitol was shut down and voting in favor was suspended. Vice President Mike Pence was evacuated from the building. The leadership of the party and home is safe and in an unobstructed place, according to people familiar with the situation.
General Assembly votes are usually weaker than calculated. But the joint meeting is expected to be hotly debated, lasting into the evening and possibly Thursday. Some Republicans oppose the vote count and delay the inevitable confirmation of President Joe Biden’s victory.
Their push is a turning point to fail. Some Democrats and Republicans are planning to vote against both in Congress and the Senate, saying it is a hopeless attempt to overturn the election results. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has slammed Trump’s baseless allegations of widespread election fraud, warning Republican presidents that not verifying the election results could “permanently damage our Republic.”
Mr. Trump and his campaign have fostered irrational theories and false conspiracies that the election was opposed to him. The president and his allies have lost tens of thousands of cases across the country claiming fraud and defamation of the country’s electoral law.