Congress has officially certified Joe Biden as the winner of the 2020 presidential election. The decision came at 4 a.m. on Thursday morning after a long day and night of violent civil unrest at the Capitol.
Not long after the certification of votes from the Electoral College, President Trump gave a statement, promising there would be a peaceful transition of power in two weeks.
Vice President Mike Pence read aloud the final vote tally from the Electoral College, which had Biden receiving 306 votes and Trump receiving 232 votes.
Biden is set to be sworn into office at noon on January 20th.
.@VP Pence: "The announcement of the state of the vote by the President of the Senate shall be deemed a sufficient declaration of the persons elected president and vice president of the United States, each for the term beginning on the 20th day of January, 2021." pic.twitter.com/kFG0uIqJ8T
— CSPAN (@cspan) January 7, 2021
Dan Scavino, the White House deputy chief of staff for communications and director of social media, issued a message from Trump, who just hours earlier claimed he won the election and pledged never to concede.
“Even though I totally disagree with the outcome of the election, and the facts bear me out, nevertheless there will be an orderly transition on January 20th,” Trump said. “I have always said we would continue our fight to ensure that only legal votes were counted. While this represents the end of the greatest first term in presidential history, it’s only the beginning of our fight to Make America Great Again!”
Hours earlier, on Wednesday, Trump had exhorted a crowd estimated in the hundreds of thousands to march on Capitol Hill as Congress was set to conduct the task of certifying each state’s electoral votes. While some streamed peacefully to the building, pandemonium erupted when scores sought to enter, pressing past barricades and clashing with police. Once inside, lawmakers and media hunkered down or fled while the hordes roamed through the sea of power, some even posting selfies on social media.
It’s easy to look at how things turned out early this morning and yesterday with all of the unrest and feel down in the dumps.
However, we as a nation cannot afford to mourn our losses for too long. There’s much work to be done in defending our nation from the horrific radical agenda of the Democratic Party. We must be about that business.
A change in priorities needs to happen. Politics isn’t going to change the country. Our problems are deep. They’re cultural. Politics flows downstream from culture. Therefore, we need to be set on finding ways to connect with the average American with the principles and ideas of conservatism, showing them how these solutions are the best path forward.
This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be involved in politics. We should. However, we should recognize that focusing on political policy is a short-term stop gap. The work of cultural engagement and transformation should be the top priority.