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Old 01-06-2021, 03:35 PM
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Default US Capitol, Washington DC on lockdown as Trump supporters breach building

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US Capitol, Washington DC on lockdown as Trump supporters breach building
By Steven Nelson, Ebony Bowden and Aaron Feis
January 6, 2021 | 1:45pm | Updated



Congress’ efforts to certify the results of November’s presidential election devolved into utter chaos Wednesday, with supporters of President Trump overrunning police and storming the US Capitol building, explosive devices found and at least one woman shot.

All hell broke loose around 1:30 p.m., as protesters who had already breached the Capitol grounds pushed past police and into the building where hundreds of lawmakers — including Vice President Mike Pence — were assembled.

Outnumbered police barricaded the door from inside the chamber of the House of Representatives, training their service weapons on the entrance as protesters massed outside.

At least one woman was shot in the chest inside the building, leaving her in critical condition, according to reports and gruesome social media images of the shooting.

It was not immediately clear who shot the unidentified red, white and blue-clad woman, who was removed from the building on a stretcher, blood streaming from her mouth.

Several other protesters made it onto the floor of the Senate, with at least two caught in photos atop in the dais, occupying the seat usually held by Pence, the president of the Senate.

Several other protesters made it onto the floor of the Senate, with at least two caught in photos atop in the dais, occupying the seat usually held by Pence, the president of the Senate.

“Trump won that election!” one of those protesters could be heard saying, according to a reporter’s tweet.

Another man was photographed inside the personal office of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, one foot up on her desk.

At least one suspected improvised explosive device was found on the Capitol grounds, according to NBC News, with The New York Times reporting that another was discovered at the nearby headquarters of the Republican National Committee.

A suspicious package was also reportedly being probed at Democratic National Committee headquarters.

The bedlam began following a raucous rally speech from Trump, in which he again claimed without hard evidence that the 2020 election had been rigged against him, and called on Pence and congressional Republicans to sabotage the certification process.

Protesters broke through a flimsy fence surrounding the Capitol grounds, and scaled the steps to the building, going toe-to-toe with police.



Some carried American flags, others the Confederate Stars and Bars.

After breaching the building, several protesters made it onto the building’s balcony, where at least one Gadsden flag, bearing the legend “Don’t Tread on Me,” was draped.

At one point, the crowd outside could be heard singing The Star-Spangled Banner.


Pro-Trump protesters clash with police at US capitol


Inside, the certification process was interrupted, with lawmakers told to take shelter.

Pence and other lawmakers were evacuated to safety.

Among those in the Senate chamber was Vice President Mike Pence, whom Trump has fiercely criticized for what he perceives as a lack of effort to stop the election certification process.

CNN reported that the vice president was evacuated from the building, but his whereabouts were not immediately disclosed.

At least one congressional office building was evacuated earlier in the day.
Protesters Breach US Capitol Building After Clashes

After the protesters had already been in the building for some time, Trump tweeted his support for law enforcement.

“Please support our Capitol Police and Law Enforcement,” he wrote. “They are truly on the side of our Country. Stay peaceful!”

Around 4 p.m., federal and local officials began sweeping through the building, ejecting lingering protesters and escorting journalists, staffers and others who had hunkered down inside to safety.

Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced a 6 p.m. curfew for the city as the bedlam unfolded.

With police on the Capitol grounds overpowered, reinforcements were called in from across the city, as the boom of flashbangs resounded throughout America’s capital.

Before the Capitol was breached, Washington Post reporter Rebecca Tan tweeted an 11-second video clip of the throngs streaming toward the building, with some stomping over a flimsy fence marked with an “Area Closed” sign.
Protesters seen storming U.S. Capitol

“Hundreds of Trump supporters have stormed the barricades at the back of the Capitol and are marching toward the building,” wrote Tan.

In a follow-up tweet, Tan said some attempted to push inside the building, but were rebuffed by police.

“Protesters are charging toward the Captiol [sic] steps. Some tried to scale the construction structures and have been tackled by police,” Tan wrote. “They want to enter the building and are making attempts at intervals. Capitol police trying to hold them back.”

Other journalists on the ground also tweeted footage of the wild scene.

Thousands of supporters of the president had descended on Washington for a raucous Wednesday rally, as Congress moved to finalize the results of the 2020 presidential election.

Trump himself delivered a fiery speech in the hour leading up to the joint session of Congress, in which he repeated his claim that the election was rigged against him, without providing hard evidence to support the allegation.
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Capitol protesters loot, vandalize Nancy Pelosi’s office

By Ebony Bowden
January 6, 2021 | 5:09pm | Updated

WASHINGTON — Rioters vandalized House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s suite of offices in the US Capitol on Wednesday, flipping tables and rummaging through desks after a large mob of Trump supporters stormed the building.

One man was photographed reclining with his feet on a desk in Pelosi’s office while other men in “Make America Great Again” hats horsed around with desk phones and streamed the incident.

Another demonstrator was seen grinning as he walked away with Pelosi’s podium as unprecedented scenes of looting and chaos engulfed the Capitol after rioters overpowered police and trapped lawmakers in the Senate and House of Representatives chamber, leading to a tense armed standoff.

Protesters were photographed wandering around lawmakers’ private offices and rummaging through their desks after members of Congress were dramatically evacuated and taken to a secret location.

Capitol Hill police had to plead with demonstrators not to rifle through senators’ belongings as they posed for selfies.

The White House announced it was deploying the National Guard to DC to help disperse the crowd as lawmakers on both sides of the aisle begged the president to do something.

Tens of thousands of Trump’s supporters flocked to Washington earlier Wednesday to hear the president deliver a fiery speech at a rally outside the White House where he claimed the election had been stolen from him.

Both chambers of Congress were in session for a vote to confirm President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.

Lawmakers who had been debating were forced to barricade on the Senate and House floor when pro-Trump rioters unhappy with the election result stormed the building.


A protester sits at the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi at the US Capitol in Washington, DC.
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NYC man says he stormed US Capitol to fight ‘stolen election’
By Steven Nelson and Natalie O'Neill
January 6, 2021 | 5:11pm | Updated

A Brooklyn man who stormed the US Capital with a wild mob — forcing the building into lockdown Wednesday — told the Post he did it because “the election was stolen.”

Wearing a bizarre fur costume and holding a police riot shield he says he “found,” the demonstrator cited theories about voter fraud as a reason for disrupting the certification of the 2020 presidential election.

“We were cheated. I don’t think 75 million people voted for Trump — I think it was close to 85 million,” the protester, who gave the name Aaron, told The Post while standing inside the Capitol building. “I think certain states that have been red for a long time turned blue and were stolen, like New York.”

He added, “[I did it] to express my opinion as a free American that this election was stolen.”

But as protesters — some of them armed — breached the Capitol, he claimed Congress members shouldn’t be frightened.

“[They] shouldn’t be afraid; they should get the courage to do their duty to examine the fraud and maybe delay the election,” said the protester, who was also wearing a bullet-proof police vest.

He added, “We [shouldn’t] rewrite the law because of COVID. It’s not ‘Give me liberty or give me death’ — but COVID.”

Asked how he got the United States Capitol Police riot shield, he said he, “found it on the floor.”

His comments followed a showdown — with police guns drawn — between cops and protesters outside the building Wednesday, according to pool reporters.

At least one person was shot inside the building, according to multiple reports.

For weeks, President Trump has spouted claims that the election was “stolen” without proof.
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This is the moment a woman was shot amid US Capitol chaos
By Aaron Feis
January 6, 2021 | 4:04pm | Updated

Disturbing video captures the moment a woman was shot in the chest inside the US Capitol Building on Wednesday, as President Trump supporters intent on disrupting the certification of the presidential election stormed in.

The 30-second clip posted to Twitter captures the sound of a single gunshot, then shows the unidentified woman lying on the floor.

Blood poured from the mouth of the motionless woman, who was draped in red, white and blue, the video shows.

Fellow protesters can be seen tending to the woman, who was later seen being carried out of the building on a stretcher.

CNN reported that the woman was in critical condition.
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