- The Washington Times - Friday, January 6, 2017

House Democrats attempted to lodge protests Friday against the Electoral College votes of several of the states that backed President-elect Donald Trump, but Vice President Joseph R. Biden ruled each of them out of order.

Protesters then attempted to disrupt the count, standing up and chanting their own objections as police officers dragged them from the chamber.

Mr. Trump was confirmed the winner with 304 electoral votes, well more than the 270 needed for a majority. Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee, earned 227 votes.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence was confirmed as the next vice president, with 305 electoral votes.

As the roll call of states proceeded, a handful of House Democrats refused to accept the results. They claimed that massive voter suppression, interference by Russian-backed actors and other problems poisoned the vote in a number of states, making it invalid.

But under the rules, an objection needs to be in writing and signed by a member of both the House and Senate. No senators signed onto the objections, and Mr. Biden tossed out each of them.

“It’s over,” he said flatly.

Liberal activists pleaded for lawmakers to object to the vote, saying they couldn’t stomach a Trump administration.

Rep. Jim McGovern, Massachusetts Democrat, kicked off the round of objections with Alabama, the first state in the roll call. Objections followed on a handful of other states, including Florida, Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina and South Carolina.

“I object to the massive voter suppression,” Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, Texas Democrat, said as she tried to lodge her objection.

Mr. Biden overruled her, and when she continued to talk out of order, her microphone was cut.

The proceedings horrified liberals. Filmmaker Michael Moore took to Twitter to blast senators for refusing to sign on board.

Rep. Maxine Waters, California Democrat, made a plaintive plea: “Is there one United States senator who will join me in this letter?”

Her call was met with silence from senators, and Mr. Biden declared the vote count finished.

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