Tragedy at the Capitol Leads to Congress Coming Together

The day of where the Electoral College votes were to be counted, ended in being a day to remember.


Maddy Fangio

SPHS at a Black Lives Matter protest this past summer. Marches like this occurred all throughout the summer across the country for the end of racism and police brutality.

Nick Carparelli, Editor-In-Chief

What was thought to have been a normal Wednesday on Jan. 6, with the Covid -19 pandemic and cases surging rapidly across the entire country, the Senate and the House of Representatives all met to officially count and submit Joe Biden’s win in the 2020 Presidential Election. 

However, the day was brought to a pause as a riot of Trump-based supporters fled the Capitol building ultimately breaking in, in an effort to disrupt the counting from going any further. President Trump has told repeated lies about voter fraud, undermining people’s confidence in elections. He has defied parts of the Constitution. He has spent his final weeks in office pressuring other government officials to overturn the result of an election he lost. In which it led to his supporters taking his comments literally and attacking the Capitol. 

This riot was nothing but hatred, bigotry and hypocrisy amongst violence against police and the law. Later that evening at 3:45 A.M. Congress did confirm Biden’s victory in which he will become the 46th President of the United States on Jan. 20.     

But ultimately, what will be remembered from this day is how Congress members put their differences aside and were honest with each other and understood that they will jot agree on everything that is brought to their attention. 

This tragic day was also the day after the Georgia runoffs ended in both Democrats Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, winning there races to give the Democrats a majority in the Senate, House of Representatives and Presidency for the first time in ten years. 

What brought the Congress together were speeches by both Vice President Pence and Senator Lindsay Graham of South Carolina. Pence not only denounced President Trump’s name but clearly stated that Joe Biden had won, going against what his boss, President Trump, had wanted. And as for Senator Graham, he had been known for being one of Trump’s biggest supporters in the Senate saying that because of this day he will no longer tolerate the actions of the acting president and that Joe Biden has won the presidency and some things change and change is hard and the sooner we accept that, we can move forward. 

All in all, Jan.6, will forever be known as a dark day in American history but also a day where we all came together to ensure the future of this country is in good hands and the hope that we can bring the good days back and peace on the horizon.