Editorial: DisgUSting show

Former US President Obama has rightly slammed his Republican successor and outgoing President Donald Trump.

He said history would remember the attack on US Capitol incited by a sitting President who has continued to baselessly lie about the outcome of a lawful election, as a moment of great dishonour and shame for our nation. Thousands of pro-Trump rioters on Wednesday stormed the US Capitol, interrupting a joint session of Congress where lawmakers were set to certify President-elect Joe Biden’s win.

The violence saw four people dead, including one woman who was shot by a police officer, amid protests and rioting on Capitol Hill that resulted in dozens of demonstrators being arrested, police said. In the 3 November Presidential election, Biden, a Democrat, won 306 Electoral College votes while Trump, a Republican, mustered only 232 votes.

Donald Trump had refused to concede the election, alleging that there was a massive voters’ fraud and electoral malpractice. Election officials, however, have denied the allegations. Meanwhile, Facebook Inc and Instagram decided on Thursday to extend a ban on US President Donald Trump`s accounts for at least the next two weeks until the presidential transition is completed, said Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg. Bold steps to safeguard democracy.


NT Bureau