On Thursday, the US lawmakers resumed the count of electoral votes in a joint session, hours after Trump supporters stormed the capitol building in a riot that resulted in the death of four people.
Addressing the session, Vice President Mike Pence strongly condemn riots by pro-trump protesters, saying, "You didn't win. Violence never wins."
Pence added that the Congress building had been secured and called on Senators to "get back to work."
On his part, Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer, "Today will be marked as one of the darkest days in the history of the country, adding, "What happened cannot be called protests, but internal terrorism and these thieves do not represent the US."
Moreover, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell described the protesters as “thugs.”
“The United States Senate will not be intimidated. We will not be kept out of this chamber by thugs, mobs, or threats,” he said. “We will not bow to lawlessness and intimidation.”
On Wednesday, supporters of Donald Trump stormed a congressional session held to endorse Joe Biden’s victory, as a last-minute desperate attempt by Trump to reverse his election loss led to chaos and accusations of an attempted “coup.”
Officials at the U.S. Capitol building announced the closure, and lawmakers said on Twitter that they were sheltering in their offices, as protesters – some of them carrying Trump flags – were seen walking through the building.