Later, during a speech of more than an hour, the president made false claims about alleged ballot fraud swindling him out of an electoral victory over Biden. Trump also had urged the crowd to help him “fight” Biden's confirmation as the winner, and to march to Congress after the rally.
When the crowd did so, thousands of people swarmed around the Capitol complex, and shoved past Capitol police to swarm through the halls of Congress, occupying the Senate chamber and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office, among others lawmakers' offices. Another Capitol police officer died Thursday after being hit by a rioter with a fire extinguisher.
Three other people died during the melee, which has led to calls for Trump to be removed from office, less than two weeks before his term ends. “To those Republicans, many of which may be voting on things in the coming hours: You have an opportunity today,” he warned.
Before he spoke, Donald Jr.'s video pans around the backstage area, where a woman who appeared to be White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany smiled as she took a photo of television monitors showing the crowd outside. White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows then appears behind him, broadly grinning and giving a thumbs-up to the camera.
“Mark Meadows, an actual fighter, one of the few, a real fighter,” Donald Jr. says, a nod to the fact that his father had lost support from many congressional Republicans, and his own vice president, Pence, in his legally doomed effort to block Biden from taking office. Donald Jr. then pans the camera to capture his sister Ivanka Trump, who is a senior White House advisor, who smiles and waves at him.
He's an old, old broken down man,” Donald Jr. adds in a joking voice, as the brothers playfully tussled with each other. Not long afterward, a mob of the president's supporters invaded the U.S. Capitol in a riot that left five people dead.
The video features Donald Jr.'s girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle saying she hopes Vice President Mike Pence has “the courage or the brains to do the right thing” and block the confirmation of Joe Biden as president by Congress. Joe Biden's victory over Donald Trump in November was just half the battle won.
After the House of Representatives, the senate too is going to the Democrats, making Donald Trump very upset. In just four years, Donald Trump has cost the Republican Party the house, the senate, and the presidency.
Mr Trump added: “Just happened to have found another 4000 ballots from Fulton County. If the Democrats manage to win both races the Senate will be tied in terms of seats, allowing incoming vice-president Kamala Harris to have the deciding vote if all break along party lines.
Ms Offer is refusing to concede defeat and insists she still has a path to victory. Republican candidate Kelly Offer has yet to concede (Image: GETTY)“Whether you voted for me or not, know this: I hear you.
Stacey Abrams, a Democrat who served in the Georgia House of Representatives between 2007 and 2017, also called the election for Reverend Warlock. “Congratulations to our next US Senator Reverend Warlock” (Image: GETTY)“Last January, I endorsed my dear friend in his quest to serve.
The incumbent president has been alleging, without providing solid evidence, that the vote was rigged against him. On Wednesday Congress will meet to officially certify Joe Biden’s election victory.
The GOP’s incumbent senators, who in any normal year would be locks for re-election, both have a history of shady stock trades. One end of the call took place in Fulton County, Georgia, where Fans Willis was just elected district attorney.
And this was a party that for decades was a “juggernaut… they have had control of the state lock stock and barrel because they were just more highly organized,” Taylor says. “The President of the United States can't stop attempting, consciously or unconsciously, to screw this election up for this party.
And he’s just, in new and different ways, tried to throw obstacles in Purdue and Offer’s way,” says Sam Breda, the Daily Beast reporter who broke many of the biggest stories about the pair’s financial shenanigans. But “there is this Republican civil war that is playing out in Georgia and the candidates are having to fight against that,” Breda continues.
A huge segment of voters in this state hang on every word that the president says. This means the Democrats, in numbers and attitude, continued its evolution into the party of highly educated college graduates, while Republicans, despite having a very long way to go, shifted towards a more racially diverse coalition of non-graduates.
That doesn’t surprise me, because I spent eight years driving 300,000 miles all over America listening to people, and what I found was the biggest divide in our country was education. We have become two very different countries, with communities like Austin, Texas, and Madison, Wisconsin, filled with college graduates, and communities like Portsmouth, Ohio, and Bakersfield, California, filled with non-college graduates.
My book Dignity focused on those communities without college graduates, both rural and urban, both majority white like Portsmouth, Ohio, and highly Black or Latino like rural Mississippi or Texas. What I found was decent, hardworking people dealing with the loss of good jobs and filling with drugs.
In these communities, there is a belief that the politicians have left them behind, and only bother to listen to them, or talk to them, when they need their votes every few years. As a Black man in Lumberton, North Carolina, who voted for President Obama told me in 2016, people like him are fed up with the whole thing.
Trump also gets smaller things right that college professors and journalists in D.C. find unimportant and embarrassing, but really matters in how people view politics, like celebrating a big win with a big spread from McDonald’s, or hugging the United States flag. Based on my experience and reporting, this is especially true of newer immigrants, including those from Mexico, who are proud to be here and love America in an unflinching and emotional way.
They believe in faith, family, the flag, and the American dream, and are not embarrassed about that. I titled my book “Dignity” because that is what I found every American wants, now matter how much education they have, or how poor they are.
Long before the ultrawealthy real estate magnate became President of the United States after running on the Republican Party ticket, he belonged to the party of former U.S. presidents Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, and Lyndon Johnson. And that led to some conservatives suspecting Trump of acting on behalf of the Democrats, and in particular, the Clinton's, to sabotage the GOP.
“Saturday Night Live” comedian Seth Myers once quipped: Donald Trump often talks about running as a Republican, which is surprising. Trump was registered as a Democrat for more than eight years in the 2000s, according to New York City voter records made public during his 2016 campaign for president.
Trump owned up to his years with the other party and told CNN's Wolf Blitzer in 2004 that he identified with Democrats during that time because they were more adept at handling the economy: Many in the large field of presidential hopefuls criticized his affiliation with the Democrats, including former Florida Gov.
(Among the politicians Trump has given money to are former Secretary of State and Sen. Hillary Clinton, who was his Democratic opponent in the 2016 presidential campaign.) Of course, there was plenty of speculation during the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination that Trump was trying to sabotage the GOP candidates by saying outrageous things and making a mockery of the process in a bid to help Hillary Clinton win the election.