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Why did protestors enter the US Capitol building on Wednesday?

On Wednesday January 6th, lawmakers in America met to confirm that Joe Biden will be the next president after he was elected by 306 electoral-college votes to 232, defeating current president Donald Trump.

Donald Trump has repeatedly made false claims that the election was "stolen" and "rigged" despite providing no firm evidence. His legal team have taken several cases to court, including the US Supreme Court, and have been rejected every time with one small exception.

Therefore, it has been proven that Joe Biden won the election fairly and there was no case of fraud.

However, Donald Trump has continued to spread false claims and has refused to concede defeat. This led to a mob of his supports breaking past police and into the US Capitol building, where the final vote count and confirmation was happening. This is an example of a protest with absolutely no basis in truth and that is incredibly dangerous for the future of America's democracy.

As of Friday morning, we know that five people have died including one police officer. The BBC video below takes you through the events of the day.

What have people said?

Political leaders in the US and across the world have reacted strongly against the actions of the protestors. Joe Biden has condemned what happened and his words were echoed by many others. Democrats in the US House of Representatives have helped confirm Donald Trump's second impeachment of his term, with his trial beginning in 2021.

Also, the Democrats won both Senate races in Georgia and so it'll now be a lot easier for Joe Biden to pass laws! Here's the story we wrote on Tuesday:

People in the US state of Georgia are voting again on who will represent them in the Senate (a bit like our Parliament here in the UK).

In America, if the President wants to make a law, the Senate have to say yes to it first. At the moment, the Republican Party (who lost the presidential election) have a majority of 2 in the Senate, so they could block laws proposed by Joe Biden and his team. Republicans hold 50 of the 100 seats, and Democrats hold 48.

And it's two seats that are up for grabs! If Joe Biden's Democratic Party win both, it will be a tie, and then the new Vice President Kamala Harris will have the deciding vote. The Democrats would control the Senate - so laws proposed by Joe Biden's team can be passed more easily. But if they lose one of the two seats in this Georgia election, Republicans could block what Joe Biden and his team try to achieve. just as it did with former president Barack Obama.

With so much hanging on the result, money has been pouring in to the state to support both sides. More than US$400m was spent on political ads by the middle of December, most going to the two Republicans.

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On Saturday November 7th Joe Biden was called as the winner by all major American news networks! Read the full story here on the BBC News website, on BBC, or on Newsround here.

In his acceptance speech, he pledged to unify the country and declared it a “time to heal”. Donald Trump responded by calling the election fraudulent but has so far provided no evidence to support this claim.

  1. Mr Biden and his running mate, Kamala Harris - who is the first female, the first black person and the first Asian-American to be vice-president - will be sworn in on January 20th 2021.

Why has Donald Trump's reaction caused outrage?

Donald Trump has made several false claims about election fraud without offering any firm evidence. It has angered and shocked people across both parties in America as it looks like he's discrediting the election process. America prides itself on holding fair and clear elections, and a peaceful transfer of power when a new president is chosen. Watch what Donald Trump said on Thursday below.

See what the BBC's Adam Zurcher had to say below....

See how the BBC fact-checked his speech here.

The BBC has also provided a guide to spotting fake news and disinformation - watch it here!

Questions and activities:

  • Read the fact-check of Donald Trump's speech. What do you think the American people will think of what he is trying to do?
  • What do you think of what Donald Trump is trying to do?
  • Why do you think it's so dangerous people Donald Trump to falsely accuse people who count the votes of fraud?
  • Watch and read Newsround's guide to spotting fake news - what are the most important things you've learnt from it?

What happened earlier in the election race?

On Monday October 26th, Amy Coney Barrett was sworn in as the latest Supreme Court judge to be chosen by President Trump. Donald Trump had vowed to fill the empty seat on the United States Supreme Court after the death of the pioneering judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg (read more about her here!). He nominated Amy Coney Barrett. The Supreme Court is made up of 9 judges and is the highest in the land - it settles really big disagreements, including to do with the law. It is made up of judges nominated by Democratic presidents and Republican presidents. Most recently, it has had 5 judges nominated by Republican presidents, and 4 from the Democrats. Ruth Bader Ginsburg was nominated by Democratic president Bill Clinton.

Read the full story here!

On Thursday October 22nd, Donald Trump and Joe Biden went head-to-head for a second and final time in a debate. Watch the highlights here.

On Thursday 15th October, Donald Trump and Joe Biden each took questions from voters live on television - but from separate places. Read all about it here.

On Wednesday October 7th, Vice President Mike Pence and Senator Kamala Harris squared off in a live TV debate in Utah. Watch the highlights here.

On Friday October 2nd it was revealed that Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for covid-19. He was admitted to hospital but has since returned to the White House after a few days of treatment. Read more here.

On Tuesday 29th September, Donald Trump and Joe Biden went head-to-head in the first of three presidential debates. Read our special post on it here!

On Monday 28th September, we woke up to hear that The New York Times have seen details of how much tax Donald Trump has paid over the past 15 years. Is it good news for the president? Probably not - it shows he paid very little tax - by trying to avoid tax and also because his businesses were losing more money than they made. It doesn't reflect well on a president who has always talked of his business success as a reason why he is good for America. Find out more on this story here.

You can also compare the different ways it was reported - what do you notice about the difference between how the Guardian reported it here and how Fox News reported it here?

On the same day, Channel 4 published a report on the Trump campaign deliberately trying to deter (put off) black voters from voting in 2016. Read the full report here!

President Trump and Joe Biden have disagreed over the decision not to charge any police officers over the killing of Breonna Taylor, an unarmed black woman who was shot six times in a police raid on her home in March. Read what happened to her here.

Breonna's family sued the Kentucky city for the death and a £9.4m settlement was agreed. However, they also pressed for charges for the officers who fired the shots, but this did not happen.

About the decision, Donald Trump said he "thought it was really brilliant".

However, Joe Biden, said the decision "does not answer" the call for justice, while telling protesters to act peacefully.

The killing of Breonna Taylor, and the decisions made afterwards, are stirring a lot of debate about police treatment of black people in the United States, ahead of the US election. Read more about the reaction here.

Where to find more updates:

The BBC has a page dedicated to stories on the US election - visit it here.

The electoral college system is explained in the video below:

What do you think about these breaking stories? Add your comments below and remember to give reasons for your opinions and provide links to your sources if you give us new information.

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