Protests in Washington DC turned ugly and dangerous Wednesday afternoon. It began after Donald Trump spoke to supporters near the White House. With Trump’s encouragement, the supporters then marched up Pennsylvania Ave. to the Capitol building. Some rioters made it inside the building just steps away from the Senate floor.
Audio message plays in Capitol building: Stay away from windows and doors. Kind of unsettling
— Burgess Everett (@burgessev) January 6, 2021
BREAKING: Clashes reported inside the U.S. Capitol building pic.twitter.com/2twyZAD6wJ
— BNO News (@BNONews) January 6, 2021
Police have guns drawn. We are hiding behind chairs and tables on House gallery
— Olivia Beavers (@Olivia_Beavers) January 6, 2021
It began as both houses of Congress began certifying the electoral college votes. But now, the Congress is in recess.
Law and order party, amirite? https://t.co/2lCFlARJHK
— Charlie Sykes (@SykesCharlie) January 6, 2021
President Trump incited a mob to storm the Capitol to overturn the results of an American election.
That's not an exaggeration. Don't tell me this has not been a coup attempt. Don't tell me Trump is not an enemy of the United States. He has been since Day 1.
— David Rothkopf (@djrothkopf) January 6, 2021
Whoa: Trump supporters going at it with the police on the steps of the Capitol as Congress counts the Electoral College ballots inside pic.twitter.com/LiQhaa5KkQ
— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) January 6, 2021
The Washington Post writes:
The crowd made it to the Capitol steps but didn’t get inside the building, where Congress is meeting to count electoral college votes for President-elect Joe Biden.
Police held back the group as protesters chanted “USA, USA!”
Protesters then scaled the construction structures. At least two people were tackled by Capitol Police and security officials.
Hundreds of Trump supporters have stormed the barricades at the back of the Capitol and are marching toward the building. pic.twitter.com/68nB7QyiP9
— Rebecca Tan (@rebtanhs) January 6, 2021
Warning: MSNBC showed graphic video of someone being wheeled out of the Capitol just around 3 pm.
GRAPHIC: MSNBC shows video of a person being wheeled out of the Capitol on a stretcher, covered in blood and in very bad shape. pic.twitter.com/W6jKaXDudK
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) January 6, 2021
The mayor of Washington has called for a 6pm curfew on Wednesday night. And here’s a statement from Donald Trump.
Please support our Capitol Police and Law Enforcement. They are truly on the side of our Country. Stay peaceful!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2021