Supporters of President Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, breaking down barriers and overwhelming police in a violent attempt to stop Congress from certifying Trump’s 2020 electoral defeat.
Following a speech by the president in front of the White House touting baseless claims of election fraud, a mob surged into the Capitol building, forcing the Senate and House sessions to shut down amid the counting of Electoral College votes. The Capitol was placed on lockdown, lawmakers were urged to wear gas masks, and the mayor of Washington D.C. ordered a curfew.
Capitol Hill descended into historic, surreal scenes of chaos, violence, and confusion. Rioters battled security personnel inside the building, broke windows, ran amok, waved flags, cheered, chanted, and literally climbed the walls of Congress. Additional security personnel poured onto the scene from white vans outside. One woman was shot on Capitol grounds and later died. At one point, armed guards barricaded doors and pointed their guns through windows at the clamoring mob in a tense armed standoff.
Some rioters breached the Senate chamber. Someone climbed onto the dais and yelled “Trump won that election!” according to a reporter on the scene.
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