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U.S. Capitol on LOCKDOWN as Trump Supporters Riot

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The United States Capitol has been placed on lockdown after thousands of Donald Trump’s supporters went and stormed through the building at the president’s instruction. The group of supporters rioted, broke through police barricades, and breached the entrance of the Capitol. This has caused a lockdown in Congress while it was certifying the results of the recent presidential elections.

Chaos ensued at the Capitol on Wednesday morning. Rioters waved flags and banners supporting trump. The group clashed with law enforcement officials head-on, with the latter seemingly unprepared for the crowd of people.

According to members of Congress, tear gas was dispersed inside of the building and they were asked to use the gas masks provided to them, which are found below their chairs. However, since cell phones are not allowed inside the Senate chamber, most of the legislators inside probably had no idea of the chaos happening just outside the room prior to the Capitol lockdown.

Amidst the chaos, a woman was shot by a law enforcement officer inside the Capitol building. The woman later died, as confirmed by several police officers in the area.

Additionally, the police have found improvised explosive devices within the Capitol grounds. Also, law enforcement found several weapons within the complex. The police have also made around 13 arrests.

In response to the riot and the violence that came along with it, Washington DC’s Mayor, Muriel Bowser, put a 6 p.m. curfew in place.

Capitol Goes On Lockdown

As per pool reports, at around 2:15 p.m. local time, both chambers of Congress went to recess. During this time, Capitol Police locked the doors so that they can leave the House gallery.

Meanwhile, around 200 people were locked in the Senate chamber. Also, a law enforcement officer “with an orange POLICE badge across his chest appeared on the floor with what appeared to be a semi-automatic weapon.” The officer reportedly stood between Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell and Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer.

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The Police started evacuating members of Congress from the building at around 2:40 p.m. local time. The boxes holding the Electoral Collage certificates were being carried by the Senate parliamentarian before the evacuation, as per pool reports

Lawmakers React

Videos and images of the supporters at the Capitol are circulating over social media. In the same platforms, lawmakers who were in the building share their reactions.

Rep. Elaine Luria of Virginia posted on Twitter, saying “I don’t recognize our country today and the members of Congress who have supported this anarchy do not deserve to represent their fellow Americans.”

Meanwhile, Rep. Hayley Stevens also posted on Twitter, saying she took shelter in her office while the people in the next building evacuate. She also said “I can’t believe I have to write this,” expressing shock at what has happened at the Capitol today.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy also went on to Fox News about what went on inside the Capitol during the lockdown. He mentioned that shots had been fired and described the riot as “un-American.” He said, “We can disagree but we should not take it to this level. … You do not do what is happening right now. People are being hurt. This is unacceptable.”

On the other hand, in a joint statement, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called on Trump to ask his supporters to “leave the U.S. Capitol and Capitol Grounds immediately.”

Trump Mobilizes the National Guard

Soon after, Trump mobilized the National Guard to go to the Capitol and help control the situation as the police had asked for assistance.

On Twitter, the president said: “Please support our Capitol Police and Law Enforcement. They are truly on the side of our Country. Stay peaceful!”

In another tweet, he added: “I am asking for everyone at the U.S. Capitol to remain peaceful. No violence! Remember, WE are the Party of Law & Order — respect the Law and our great men and women in Blue. Thank you!”

Trump Urged Supporters

Just hours prior to the breach, President Trump asked his supporters to “peacefully” go to the Capitol building. He urged them by claiming that the Democratic party was trying to steal the elections.

While his supporters gathered in front of the White House, the president said: “Because you’ll never take back our country with weakness. You have to show strength, and you have to be strong. We have come to demand that Congress do the right thing and only count the electors who have been lawfully slated. Lawfully slated. I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building. To peacefully, patriotically make your voices heard.”

Under Trump’s request, the president’s supporters gathered at Washington on Wednesday. They came just hours before Congress met to certify Biden’s win. Last Dec. 18, Trump told his supporters on Twitter: “Will be wild.”

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  • Laurie says:

    Why is it that the Democrats can cause riots and threaten judges and get away with it? They can lie steal cheat and plant people to cause things and blame someone else and get away with it? Why is it that they can go against the law and get away with it? But if you or I would do that we would go to prison? Why do they ban certain people from facebook and twitter?? Because they have something to hide that they do not want the public to know. I feel for the ones who voted for Biden because they will soon find out he is not for the American people. He has already proved that with the executive orders he has signed. The lost of jobs and putting us further in debt. They might think they can get away with it but I would not want to be in their shoes come judgment day because God knows what they have done and they will pay a deep price.It makes me sick that we can not trust our voting system and that our votes are worthless because they found a way around not having accountability for them with mail in votes. That we can’t even trust people who are put into office because they have their own agenda when they get in. At least Trump was there for us and he was getting things done. As for the Capitol Hill incident they only put what they want you to hear and how does anyone of us know the truth because they won’t let anyone tell it because if it doesn’t line up with their agenda they get censored and banned. The media has been just as deceitful as a lot of the democrats. The truth will come out one way or the other. I wouldn’t put it past the democrats to have staged that incident at the Capitol Hill to put the blame on Trump as they have in the past. Why are they not being prosecuted for their violent riots that they have caused. Also they said there would be more riots if Biden didn’t get elected yet they have evidence of the voter fraud yet Biden is still president. Let’s get rid of the corruption done by the democrats and others who caused this and leave the innocent alone.

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