Vice President Joe Biden was not impressed by the handful of Congressional Democrats who launched a last-ditch effort to deny Donald Trump the presidency by challenging the results of the Electoral College.
Biden convened a joint session of Congress on Friday to certify formally the election results, but some House Democrats sought to issue objections to the vote counts in a number of states.
Biden was not having it. The vice president pointed out that the challenges could only be entertained if submitted in writing and signed by at least one member of the Senate.
“There is no debate,” Biden told Rep. Pramila Jayapal, a Democrat from Washington state who rose to challenge the results. “If it’s not signed by a senator, the objection cannot be entertained.”
Jayapal’s objection had not been signed by a senator. “It’s over,” Biden declared, as House Speaker Paul Ryan burst out laughing in the background.
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Another Democrat, Rep. Jim McGovern from Massachusetts, had sought to challenge the Electoral College results on the grounds that the election had been “compromised … by Russian hacking.” At one point, boisterous protestors entered the House chamber and had to be dragged out by security.
None of this had any effect on the result. Donald Trump was officially certified as the winner of the 2016 presidential election, and will be sworn into office on January 20.
Rep. Jayapal acknowledged after the vote that her attempts to challenge the election results were basically pointless. “Donald Trump is going to be the President of the United States, I understand that,” she said. “I serve in a body where the president has the authority. We were challenging at the appropriate time the validity of his election but I understand that he’s going to be the President of the United States.”
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