06 January 2017

"It Is Over": Trump's Victory Certified By Congress

 
The certification clears away any final hurdles for Trump’s road to the inauguration in two weeks.
Trump was certified as winning the White House race with 304 electoral votes to Hillary Clinton’s 227. Mike Pence was certified as the next vice president.
 
But as with other formalities in this election that normally would proceed without much ado, Friday’s certification was marked by moments of drama.
 
Several Democratic lawmakers tried to sideline the proceedings, objecting to the validity of the vote on the basis of what they called “voter suppression,” Russian interference in the election, and other factors.
 
Each time, Biden, who was presiding, rapped the gavel and cut them off because they did not have the necessary support for their objection from a U.S. senator.
 
“It is over,” Biden instructed Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., one of several who tried to lodge an objection. The chamber broke out in applause.
 
Toward the end, several protesters also were escorted out of the House chambers.
 
The outcome already was assured, after all 538 electors met in their respective state capitals in December to cast their votes, giving Trump well over the 270 needed to win. Despite rumblings of a revolt, only two Republican electors -- both from Texas -- cast protest votes that day for someone other than Trump. Clinton lost four Democratic electors in Washington state and one in Hawaii.
 
Friday's vote count marked the last chance for Democrats and other anti-Trump forces to disrupt Trump's election. They technically were allowed to file objections, but needed a member of the House and Senate to jointly contest an individual state’s electoral ballots, in order to trigger a separate debate and vote.
 
None of the House Democrats objecting had a Senate co-sponsor.

13 comments:

PeteForester1 said...

'Bout damned time! Is it just me, or did this election seem to take four years... eight, actually?...

Rev. Paul said...

It's not just you, Pete. It has been seemingly interminable. And equally unpleasant.

Rob said...

That means our 8 years of suffering are just about over. If someone takes out Mr T and Mr P, Mr R is still a GOP. Can't take them all out can you.

If the Russians interfered, its because they are tired out dealing with our Liberal Idiot Leaders. Russian could have taken out the US anytime over the last 8 years. Putin wanted to deal with someone of his own IQ

Rev. Paul said...

Interesting thought, Rob. I still haven't seen any actual evidence offered to support the allegations against supposed Russian hackers. Even the FBI apparently hasn't seen the original supporting documents. It won't surprise me if it's just another "it must be SOMEBODY'S fault!" finger-pointing.

Old NFO said...

Finally... sigh

Rev. Paul said...

I'm sure the whinging and crying will continue, along with demands for "resistance". Whatever. Each time the Snowflake Left stakes out a position, they found out they've been bypassed. Just keep the popcorn ready. :)

Toirdhealbheach Beucail said...

Kudos to Biden for apparently doing the job as it was intended to be done.

Well Seasoned Fool said...

When I want to see what the enemies of the state are up to, I visit "Common Dreams". Makes you wonder if they are in the same universe.

Mike Yukon said...

Didn't they just find that 50 electors were living out of their voting area, which if true it would invalidate their vote!

Rev. Paul said...

TB, it's true. And surprising. Unless you take the approach that he knows they've been beaten, and is bowing to the inevitable.

WSF, they're not.

Mike, I hadn't heard about that. But the results have been certified & ratified, so - if true - it can be fixed before 2020.

Mike Yukon said...

Here's a link to the news story about 50 electors are illegal.
http://www.alternet.org/election-2016/least-50-trump-electors-were-illegitimately-seated-electoral-college-members

threecollie said...

Silly me, I keep thinking all this will stop and some sort of normal will return. Nope.

Rev. Paul said...

Sorry, threecollie, but the left is still complaining about George W. Bush - when they take a breath during complaints about Trump. I'm thinking this IS the new sort of normal.