US News Protest disrupts approval of Trump victory

01:10  07 january  2017
01:10  07 january  2017 Source:   Sky News

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Protesters have disrupted the formal process of Donald Trump being approved as US president. The protest came as Congress certified the Electoral College vote that gave Republican Mr Trump victory in the 2016 presidential election. During proceedings, Maxine Waters, the US Representative of California's 43rd congressional district shouts: "I do not wish to debate, I wish to ask: Is there not one US Senator who will join me in this objection!"

Some of the protesters cursed out key battleground states that Trump had won to secure victory . Outside Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue in midtown police installed barricades to keep the demonstrators at bay. Police say the protests have been mostly peaceful. The NYPD tweeted at 8:30 p.m. that they are looking for two men who may have Molotov cocktails at the protest . In Portland, Dozens of mostly young protesters rallied against President-elect Donald Trump , disrupting traffic and shutting down streets and freeways.

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The protest came as Congress certified the Electoral College vote that gave Republican Mr Trump victory in the 2016 presidential election.

During proceedings, Maxine Waters, the US Representative of California's 43rd congressional district shouts: "I do not wish to debate, I wish to ask: Is there not one US Senator who will join me in this objection!"

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Protesters have disrupted the formal process of Donald Trump being approved as US president. People from the gallery can be heard shouting "we are the people". The protest came as Congress certified the Electoral College vote that gave Republican Mr Trump victory in the 2016 presidential election. (c) Sky News 2017: Protests as Congress approves Donald Trump 's victory .

Vice-President Joe Biden had to reject repeated objections by Democrats to the official declaration as well as deal with protesters at the Congressional ceremony.

Mr Biden made several calls to the sergeant-at-arms to expel the protesters as he tried to read out the results of November's vote.

Mr Trump, whose presidential campaign was his first bid for public office, bagged 304 electoral votes, compared with 227 won by his Democratic challenger, Hillary Clinton, according to the vote tally.

The electoral votes were opened before a joint session of Congress in what is a formality for most presidential elections.

The disruption occurred as Vice-President Joe Biden read out the Electoral College votes © Sky News Screen Grab The disruption occurred as Vice-President Joe Biden read out the Electoral College votes Members of the House of Representatives objected to the electoral tally in states including Alabama, Florida, Michigan, Texas, Mississippi and the Carolinas.

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Some of the protesters cursed out key battleground states that Trump had won to secure victory . People protest against Republican president-elect Donald Trump in the neighborhood of Manhattan in New York, U.S., November 9, 2016. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz. Police say they estimate the number to be around 700. In Portland, Dozens of mostly young protesters rallied against President-elect Donald Trump , disrupting traffic and shutting down streets and freeways.

From New England to heartland cities like Kansas City and along the West Coast, many thousands of demonstrators carried flags and anti- Trump signs, disrupting traffic and declaring that they refused to accept Trump ’s triumph. Flames lit up the night sky in California cities Wednesday as thousands of protesters burned a giant papier-mache Trump head in Los Angeles and started fires in Oakland intersections. Many of those protesting said despite Trump ’s victory , they have their eyes on the future. “For the next four years, we just have to do what we can,” Schaefer added.

Some members complained about long lines at polling stations while others highlighted concerns over Russian attempts to influence the result in Mr Trump's favour.

"I object because people are horrified by the overwhelming evidence of Russian interference in our election," said Representative Barbara Lee of California before being overruled.

Mr Biden denied each of the objections and said: "It is over."

None of the representatives had the backing of a senator, which would have allowed them to suspend the joint session and allow the House and Senate to meet separately to debate the objections.

Mr Trump, who is set to take office on 20 January, won the Electoral College vote that decides the winner but Mrs Clinton pulled in almost three million ballots to win the popular vote.

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