Among the dead was a Pennsylvania man, 50-year-old Benjamin Philips, who succumbed to an “apparent medical emergency,” said the chief of the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police Department. According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philips, a computer programmer and avid Trump supporter, died of a stroke.
Trump supporter Ben Philips shows off stuffed animals outside his Bloomsburg apartment in September. Philips succumbed to an “apparent medical emergency” Wednesday near the Capitol, said the chief of the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police Department.
And a Capitol police officer, Brian D. Sick nick, died Thursday of injuries received while engaging rioters. Tom Wolf activated about 1,000 Pennsylvania National Guard members Thursday to help with security in Washington through President-elect Joe Biden’s Jan. 20 presidential inauguration.
The photos and videos of rioters climbing walls, smashing windows, roving hallways and trying to push their way into the chambers of government where lawmakers huddled in terror mark the twilight of Trump ’s presidency as one of the darkest moments in American history. Susan Gladfelter, 65, of West Rock hill Township, Bucks County, was part of the bus trip organized by Philips.
“They were the direct result of President Trump ’s lies about the integrity of our most recent election, and his frequent incitements to violence.” Northampton County Republican Committee Chairperson Lee Snorer, an early and vocal supporter of Trump, was in Washington to protest the election but didn’t get close to the Capitol as the rioting broke out.
She downplayed the violence on social media Wednesday, but in a statement Thursday, said she wasn’t aware of the extent of the destruction until she got home. Lehigh County Republican Committee Chairperson Glenn Eckhart feared Wednesday’s violence would continue America’s political divisiveness, which he blamed on leaders of both national parties.
In Lehigh County, he’s been trying to build a “big tent” Republican Party to make up for the 35,000-voter advantage Democrats hold. Northampton County Democratic Committee Chairperson Matt Mensa called for elected leaders at the state and federal level who allowed the spread of misinformation to be held accountable.
“It was a large, angry mob that had immediately before been incited by the president but were also spurred on by the actions of senators and Congress members who said, ‘Don’t trust the outcome of the election.’ ” Lehigh County Democratic Committee Chairperson Ed Honda compared the aftermath to the time following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
“This petition … has national importance, and there is a strong likelihood that the State Supreme Court decision violates the Federal Constitution,” read a statement, signed by Rudy Giuliani, President Trump ’s personal lawyer. The petition seeks remedies, “including vacating the appointment of electors committed to Joseph Biden and allowing the Pennsylvania General Assembly to select their replacements,” the statement said.
The three Pennsylvania decisions involve signatures on mail-in and absentee ballots and the campaign’s ability to observe vote counting at the Philadelphia Convention Center. The Trump campaign has filed scores of lawsuits in the swing states of Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin and Georgia seeking to overturn the election results, alleging they were rife with fraud and deprived him of a second term.
The majority of those suits were quickly tossed by judges who said Trump ’s legal team did not show concrete evidence of fraud to back up their allegations. “The petition seeks all appropriate remedies, including vacating the appointment of electors committed to Joseph Biden and allowing the Pennsylvania General Assembly to select their replacements,” Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani said in a statement.
Trump ’s campaign and his allies have now filed roughly 50 lawsuits alleging widespread voting fraud. Roughly 10,000 mail-in ballots that arrived after polls closed but before a state court-ordered deadline remain in limbo, awaiting the highest court’s decision on whether they should be counted.
The Trump campaign’s filing Sunday appears to target three decisions of Pennsylvania ’s Democratic-majority state Supreme Court. Several Republican members of the Pennsylvania State Senate penned an open letter to GOP congressional leaders urging them to delay certifying the electoral college count on Wednesday.
Trump is traveling to the Army versus Navy Football Game at the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY. That case, stylized as Trump v. Booker, was docketed with the nation’s high court for briefing in late October but the nine justices have given no indication that the dispute will ever even be heard on the merits during oral argument–much less in the next few days.
That report includes a video presentation from those data scientists that shows the breakdown of the removed votes. “We did not see the same type of negative decrements to any of the candidates that we saw with President Trump ’s tallies, and they happened repeatedly with no explanation,” Lynda McLaughlin, a member of the group, told The Epoch Times.
Lobe has 12 years of experience in data science and machine learning across financial services, telecommunications, and research consulting industries. Not making claims about blame or jumping to any conclusions about what may have caused the removal of the votes, the group told The Epoch Times, “The bottom line is the errors were made.
Data confirms these errors and it shouldn’t matter if they were machined or human, they’re still errors and deserve a second review and thorough analysis with forensic audits to find the answers.” Pennsylvania ’s electors cast their votes for Biden and Kamala Harris as president-elect and vice president-elect on Dec. 14, 2020.
Donald Trump ’s attempts to undermine election integrity and overturn the will of American voters resonated in Pennsylvania ’s state legislature on Tuesday, as Republicans refused to seat a Democratic lawmaker elected to office in November. Democratic state Senator Jim Brewster has effectively been barred from taking the oath of office, as Republicans argued that pending litigation over the outcome of his race must first play out in the courts.
“This is a shameful power grab that disgraces the institution,” Governor Tom Wolf said in a statement. When he called on Brewster to take the oath, Republican President Pro Tempore Jake Norman refused.
State legislatures have carried shades of the political turmoil in Washington, with lawmakers using the president’s false fraud claims as justification for legislation to suppress votes. A Pennsylvania Republican intends to introduce legislation that limits whether voters can request absentee ballots.
Letterman held an interview with MSNBC’s Hallie Jackson early Wednesday to defend his state and assure the people of Pennsylvania that every vote will be counted. The swing state is actually controlled by a Republican legislature that reached a stalemate with Democratic Governor Tom Wolf over allowing counties to canvass mail-in ballots ahead of election day.
After a long day dominated by pro- Trump rioters’ deadly storming of the Capitol, it was the second state for which a group of Republicans tried and failed to reverse the will of voters. Those objecting to Pennsylvania ’s votes included 80 House Republicans and Missouri GOP Sen. Josh Hawley, who is considered a potential 2024 presidential contender.
Angry supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday in a chaotic protest aimed at thwarting a peaceful transfer of power, forcing lawmakers to be rushed from the building and interrupting challenges to Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi shot down the objection, but a few minutes later Republicans and Democrats streamed to the middle aisle, with around a dozen lawmakers getting close to each other and arguing.
In a long day dominated by pro- Trump rioters’ deadly storming of the Capitol, it’s the second state for which a group of Republicans tried and failed to reverse the will of voters. That means Congress’ formal certification of Biden’s victory could finish quickly once the House votes on the Pennsylvania challenge.
Those objecting to Pennsylvania ’s votes included 80 House Republicans and Missouri GOP Sen. Josh Hawley, who is considered a potential 2024 presidential contender. Since the Nov. 3 election, Trump and his allies filed at least a half-dozen lawsuits challenging Biden’s win on various grounds, including that many or all of the state’s mail-in ballots were illegal.
The House has voted overwhelmingly to reject an objection to President-elect Joe Biden’s win in Arizona, joining the Senate in upholding the results of the election there. Earlier Wednesday, supporters of President Donald Trump breached the U.S. Capitol, forcing a lockdown of the lawmakers and staff inside.
The woman was shot earlier Wednesday as the mob tried to break through a barricaded door in the Capitol where police were armed on the other side. All votes in favor came from Republicans, but after violent protesters mobbed the Capitol earlier Wednesday a number of GOP senators who had planned to support the objection reversed course.
Sen. Lindsey Graham says a commission to examine the 2020 election is not a proper next step and affirmed that Joe Biden is the “legitimate President of the United States.” Trump has claimed widespread voter fraud to explain away his defeat to President-elect Joe Biden, though election officials have said there wasn’t any.
The curfew had been imposed after scores of supporters of President Donald Trump broke into the Capitol, halting the constitutional process of voting to certify President-elect Joe Biden’s win. Republican Sen. Josh Hawley says he is going forward with his objection to the Electoral College results in Pennsylvania despite the violent breach at the Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump.
Trump has claimed widespread voter fraud to explain away his defeat to President-elect Joe Biden, though election officials have said there wasn’t any. House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy is comparing violence at the U.S. Capitol to protests against racial injustice over the summer after the killing of George Floyd by police.
The U.S. Capitol was overrun by a mob supportive of President Donald Trump on Wednesday as Congress counted electoral votes to confirm President-elect Joe Biden’s win. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says Congress’ certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s election win will show the world it won’t back down.
Steve Danes of Montana, Mike Braun of Indiana and Kelly Offer of Georgia all said in light of the violence they would stand down from planned objections to Biden’s win. Lawmakers gathered to certify the Electoral College votes from each state were forced to evacuate after an angry mob of Trump supporters descended on the Capitol.
Offer said that the “violence, the lawlessness, and siege of the halls of Congress” were a “direct attack” on the “sanctity of the American democratic process.” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says Congress “will not be deterred” in confirming the results of the presidential election hours after supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol.
The Republican leader reopened the Senate late Wednesday vowing to finish confirming the Electoral College for President-elect Joe Biden. It was interrupted earlier in the way when rioters breached the security perimeter and clashed with law enforcement before disrupting Congress’ tallying of the Electoral College votes.
Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer says President Donald Trump “bears a great deal of the blame” after a mob loyal to him stormed the U.S. Capitol. As the Senate reconvened to count electoral votes that will confirm Democrat Joe Biden’s win, Schumer said that Jan. 6, 2021, will “live forever in infamy” and will be a stain on the democracy.
Former President Barack Obama says history will rightly remember the violence at the Capitol as a moment of great dishonor and shame for the nation. Angry supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday in a chaotic protest aimed at thwarting a peaceful transfer of power.
Obama says it should not have come as a surprise, and that for two months “a political party and its accompanying media ecosystem has too often been unwilling to tell their followers the truth.” The Senate has resumed debating the Republican challenge against Democrat Joe Biden’s presidential election victory, more than six hours after pro- Trump mobs attacked the Capitol and forced lawmakers to flee.
Scores of Republican representatives and 13 GOP senators had planned to object Wednesday to the electoral votes of perhaps six states that backed Biden. He reiterated those claims in remarks to thousands of protesters outside the White House early Wednesday and goaded them to march to the Capitol, which many of them did.
His written statement concluded, “Our Constitution and our Republic will overcome this stain, and We the People will come together again in our never-ending effort to form a more perfect Union, while Mr. Trump will deservedly be left a man without a country.” Mathis, a retired four-star Marine general who stepped down as Pentagon chief in December 2018, had an embattled relationship with Trump, but largely remained publicly quiet and avoided direct criticism.
Since he left the job, however, he has been more openly derisive of Trump, including a public condemnation of the president’s heavy-handed use of military force to quell protests near the White House last June. Grisham says in a statement Wednesday that it was an “honor” to serve the country in the White House and be part of the first lady’s “mission” to help children.
Its statement condemning the violence came hours after Republican President Donald Trump baseless complained that the election was stripped away “from great patriots.” He went on to tell them to “go home with love & in peace.” Trump had encouraged his supporters to come to Washington to fight Congress’ formal approval of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory over him, citing false claims of voter fraud.
He held a rally earlier Wednesday and urged his supporters to march to the Capitol, telling them to “get rid of the weak Congress people.” Clinton said in a statement Wednesday night that the riot at the Capitol resulted from a combination of deliberate disinformation that created distrust in the system and pit Americans against one another.
He wrote, “The match was lit by Donald Trump and his most ardent enablers, including many in Congress, to overturn the results of an election he lost.” A West Virginia lawmaker took video of himself and other supporters of President Donald Trump rushing into the U.S. Capitol after they breached the security perimeter.
Derrick Evans, later deleted from his social media page, he is shown wearing a helmet and clamoring at the door to breach the building in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday. Keep it moving, baby!” he said in a packed doorway amid Trump followers holding flags and complaining of being pepper sprayed.
The delegate from Wayne County said in a statement later on Facebook that he was heading back to West Virginia and “was simply there as an independent member of the media to film history.” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says Congress will resume the Electoral College proceedings once the Capitol is cleared of pro-Donald Trump protesters and safe for use.
Trump had encouraged his supporters to come to Washington to fight Congress’ formal approval of President-elect Joe Biden’s win. Trump supporters breached the Capitol building and clashed with law enforcement before disrupting Congress’ tallying of the Electoral College votes.
Dozens of pro- Trump protesters remain on the streets of the nation’s capital in defiance of the curfew imposed after rioters stormed the Capitol. The mostly massless crowd was forcibly removed from the Capitol on Wednesday after breaking into the building and halting the constitutional process of voting to certify President-elect Joe Biden’s win.
Romney, the GOP’s 2012 presidential nominee and a frequent critic of Trump ’s, said the violent breach of the Capitol on Wednesday was “due to a selfish man’s injured pride and the outrage of his supporters whom he has deliberately misinformed for the past two months. The Utah senator said those who continue to support Trump ’s “dangerous gambit” by objecting to the results of a legitimate, democratic election “will forever be seen as complicit in an unprecedented attack against our democracy.
In a tweet Wednesday night, Trump said, “These are the things and events that happen when a sacred landslide election victory is so unceremoniously & viciously stripped away from great patriots who have been badly & unfairly treated for so long.” Trump supporters breached the Capitol building and clashed with law enforcement before disrupting Congress’ tallying of the Electoral College votes.