United States of America (USA) Vice President, Mike Pence has condemned the invasion of Congress by hoodlums allegedly loyal to Donald Trump.
Pence on Wednesday delivered a statement before a reconvened session of Congress interrupted by pro-Trump demonstrators who stormed the Capitol as lawmakers certified the 2020 election results.
Pence said: Today was a dark day in the history of the United States Capitol. But thanks to the swift efforts of U.S. Capitol Police, federal, state and local law enforcement, the violence was quelled. The Capitol is secured, and the people’s work continues.Mike Pence
We condemn the violence that took place here in the strongest possible terms. We grieve the loss of life in these hallowed halls, as well as the injuries suffered by those who defended our Capitol today. And we will always be grateful to the men and women who stayed at their posts to defend this historic place.
To those who wreaked havoc in our Capitol today, you did not win. Violence never wins. Freedom wins. And this is still the people’s house. And as we reconvene in this chamber, the world will again witness the resilience and strength of our democracy, for even in the wake of unprecedented violence and vandalism at this Capitol, the elected representatives of the people of the United States have assembled again on the very same day to support and defend the Constitution of the United States.
Meanwhile, the certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s win is ongoing inside Capitol as of the time of filing this report.
CNN reports that Trump’s supporters had stormed the Capitol in Washington during a joint session of Congress held to certify Biden’s win, a desperate last-minute bid to overturn the November election that sparked chaos and accusations of a “coup” attempt.
The violence, hours after an extraordinary rally by Trump challenging his defeat, saw flag-waving backers break down barricades outside the Capitol and swarm inside, sending the legislative sessions into an emergency recess.