US Congress confirms Joe Biden win following night of pro-Trump violence 1 week ago

US Congress confirms Joe Biden win following night of pro-Trump violence

Following a night of violence at the Capitol...

The US Congress has confirmed Joe Biden's win and paved the way for him to be sworn into government on January 20.

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The Electoral College votes were confirmed by Congress this morning following a night of pro-Trump violence at Capitol Hill.

At least four people are confirmed dead following the so-called protest which saw hundreds of Trump supporters attack Congress while the certification of Biden's victory was underway.

52 people were arrested and the Washington DC mayor has declared a state of emergency until January 21 - Biden's first day in office.

The House and Senate has since rejected two objections to Biden's win and this morning confirmed the Electoral College vote. Biden has of course emerged victorious with 306 votes as Trump received 232.

Biden has yet to formally address his win, his last tweets responding to the atrocities that were occurring at Capitol Hill last night.

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"Let me be very clear: the scenes of chaos at the Capitol do not represent who we are," he said. "What we are seeing is a small number of extremists dedicated to lawlessness. This is not dissent, it's disorder. It borders on sedition, and it must end. Now.

"Today is a reminder, a painful one, that democracy is fragile. To preserve it requires people of good will, leaders with the courage to stand up, who are devoted not to pursuit of power and personal interest at any cost, but to the common good."

He later called on President Trump to address his supporters and call on the siege to end.

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It was three hours before police managed to declare Capitol secure. Before that, Trump had addressed his fans at a rally in Washington DC telling them he would never concede to Biden. He also told the violent mob "we love you," before asked them to protest peacefully.

Trump has since been temporarily banned from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat. 

Twitter suspended the president for 12 hours, locking his account, and threatening him with a "permanent suspension." The retweet and reply function were also removed from a video Trump posted during the violence.

Twitter removed three of the president's tweets and said that his account would remain locked until further notice. Facebook also banned the president for 24 hours and he has been locked out of Instagram and Snapchat.

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