The U.S. Capitol was closed Wednesday with lawmakers inside when Donald Trump supporters clashed with police, broke through barricades and entered the building.
When a crowd of Trump supporters entered the building, local security officials ordered people working inside to take refuge in their offices. Shots were fired, according to ABC Newsand a woman was shot, although the details were not immediately clear. The National Guard was called in to help secure the Capitol.
After breaking through the barricades, Trump supporters were seen walking through the building, waving flags and violently colliding with security. One posted photos allegedly from the office of Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, whee he quickly abandoned laptop appeared to be still on, othes took selfies inside the Senate chamber.
Members of Congress were asked to don gas masks after tear gas was deployed inside the building. Outside the building, hundreds of supporters broke through the police lines and took the steps of the Capitol. The video showed injured police officers and violent fights when they broke into the building.
The move meant that the Senate and House of Representatives suspended their debate on congressional certification of Joe Biden’s electoral victory over Trump in the November presidential election.
Average local reported that Mike Pence was removed from the Senate and taken to safety. The Senate doors were closed and locked, and the senators told them to stay away from the doors and were later evacuated.
Trump and his allies have unsubstantiated conspiracy theories that Biden somehow won the election fraudulently, although thee is no evidence to support this. At a rally before the riots began, Trump falsely told his supporters once again that the election had been rigged, referring to the vote count in the 2020 election as “shit explosions.”
“We will never give up, we will never give in. You don’t give in when thee’s a robbery involved” Trumprump said.
Earlier, Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s personal attorney, had called for a “trial by combat” accusing Democrats of hiding evidence of embezzlement. “Who is hiding evidence? Criminals hide evidence. Not honest peop” he ”he told the crowd.
After Trump’s speech, protesters marched to the Capitol yelling, “Whose Capitol is it? Our Capitol “.
The mayor of Washington DC, Muriel Bowser, ordered a curfew in the United States capital that was scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. local time.
The process that stopped the protests was the certification of the electoral college vote, which is typically a ceremonial matter, and largely superficial. However, a group of Republican lawmakers, prompted by Trump, are trying to tgeneralenerally routine debate into Trump’s latest stance and in an attempt to reverse his electoral defeat.
Trump, who has yet to admit he lost the election, has spent the past few weeks trying to pressure public officials to overturn Biden’s 306-232 election victory.
As the situation worsened, Republicans and Democrats asked Trump to tell his supporters to go home. “The violence and destruction taking place in the United States Capitol must stop and must stop now,” Vice President Mike Pence wrote on Twitter.
Trump tweeted: “I ask everyone in the United States Capitol to remain in peace. No violence! Remember, WE are the Party of Law and Order: respect the Law and our great men and women in Azul. Thank you!”
Ten minutes earlier he had attacked the vice president for not having “the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and our Constitution” and to support his attempt to usurp the electoral results.
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