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Biden-Harris win affirmed as Mississippi’s Hyde-Smith, Kelly, Guest, Palazzo join objection

By: Frank Corder - January 7, 2021

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Following a day unlike anything the nation has seen in over 200 years, a joint session of Congress has certified the Electoral College votes showing President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris winning the 2020 election 306-232.

That announcement by Vice President Mike Pence came just before 4am CST.

Wednesday, protestors waving Trump MAGA flags breached security lines at the U.S. Capitol, overwhelming Capitol Police and forcing their way into the building through doors and busted windows as the Senate and House were considering an objection to the Electoral College votes submitted by Arizona.

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Senators, Congressmen, and Capitol staffers were rushed from the chambers and placed in lockdown throughout the building as protestors made their way into offices and onto the floor of both the Senate and House.  Fire extinguishers and chemical repellants were deployed by police to push the protestors back, and an armed standoff occurred in the House chamber behind a barricaded door.

One female protestor was shot by police, dying soon thereafter, and and three others experienced medical emergencies, also dying, according to Capitol Police.  A number of police were treated for injuries resulting from the melee as well.

After security was restored and the Capitol was cleared, the Senate and House resumed their business, taking up the Arizona objection.  Less Senators ultimately agreed to the objection than was anticipated following the Capitol breach, taking a more somber tone as the evening wore on.

Mississippi’s U.S. Senators Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith split on the objection for Arizona with Wicker voting to certify and Hyde-Smith supporting the objection. That vote was 93-6.

“The people I represent do not believe the presidential election was constitutional and cannot accept the Electoral College decision; therefore, I cannot in good conscience support certification,” Hyde-Smith said, in part, in a statement released after her vote.

The House also rejected the objection of Arizona by a vote of 303-121.

All three of Mississippi’s Republican Congressmen – Trent Kelly (MS-01), Michael Guest (MS-03) and Steven Palazzo (MS-04) – voted to object to the Arizona Electoral College votes while Democrat Congressman Bennie Thompson (MS-02) voted to certify.

Objections were then raised by House members pertaining to the Electoral College votes in Georgia, Michigan and Nevada, but no Senator signed on to the objections effectually denying the chance for those objections to be heard.

However, a similar scenario to Arizona played out in both chambers when Pennsylvania’s Electoral College votes were announced.  Again, both chambers departed the joint session to consider the objection and both chambers defeated the objection overwhelmingly.

Mississippi Senator Wicker voted to certify Pennsylvania while Senator Hyde-Smith objected.  This time the total 92-7 in the Senate.

In the House, Mississippi Republican Congressman backed the Pennsylvania objection and Democrat Congressman Thompson voted to certify.  The House vote was 282-138 on Pennsylvania.

No other objections were raised and the process ended not long before dawn on Thursday.  At the conclusion of counting the Electoral ballots, Vice President Pence reported to the Joint Session that the votes would be recorded showing Biden-Harris as winning 306-232. They then adjourned.

Following the certification, Dan Scavino at the White House tweeted this statement from President Trump:

“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. 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!”

Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram all placed a temporary ban on the President’s social media accounts following the events of the day.

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Frank Corder

Frank Corder is a native of Pascagoula. For nearly two decades, he has reported and offered analysis on government, public policy, business and matters of faith. Frank’s interviews, articles, and columns have been shared throughout Mississippi as well as in national publications such as the Daily Caller. He is a frequent guest on radio and television, providing insight and commentary on the inner workings of the Magnolia State. Frank has served his community in both elected and appointed public office, hosted his own local radio and television programs, and managed private businesses all while being an engaged husband and father. Email Frank:
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