CNN’s Kaitlan Collins reports that White House officials were disturbed by Trump’s reaction to the storming of the Capitol by his supporters, which were described as being “borderline enthusiastic because it meant the certification was being derailed.”
Collins added that it “genuinely freaked people out.”
White House officials were shaken by Trump's reaction to a mob of his supporters descending on the Capitol today. He was described to me as borderline enthusiastic because it meant the certification was being derailed. It has genuinely freaked people out.
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) January 7, 2021
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Crowds of Donald Trump supporters in Washington D.C, for the “Stop The Steal” rally being held on the National Mall stormed the Capitol building while Congress deliberated certifying the election results inside.
Photos and videos from people on the ground showed MAGA loyalists charging the steps and clashing with police while attempting to climb barricades around the building which houses both congressional chambers.
Protesters are charging toward the Captiol steps. Some tried to scale the construction structures and have been tackled by police. They want to enter the building and are making attempts at intervals. Capitol police trying to hold them back. pic.twitter.com/YflxS1miBw
— Rebecca Tan (@rebtanhs) January 6, 2021
Trump asked his supporters, who had broken barricades, entered the Capitol and reportedly fired into the House chamber, to remain calm and non-violent.
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2021
Former president Barack Obama also released a statement on the incident, writing, “History will rightly remember today’s violence at the Capitol, incident by a sitting president who has continued to baselessly lie about the outcome of a lawful election, as a moment of great dishonor and shame for our nation.”
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
— Kitty Boomhauer (@KBoomhauer) January 6, 2021
Trump protesters have broken through barriers at the US Capitol pic.twitter.com/9IgXQkGorE
— Donie O'Sullivan (@donie) January 6, 2021
Police ordered the evacuation of the House Cannon Office Building, part of the Capitol complex.
Capitol Police instructs people to evacuate House Cannon building. No reason was given
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) January 6, 2021
Several police officers were injured by the rampaging Trump supporters and had to be evacuated from the scene.
Injured police officer evacuated after being attacked by Trump supporters: pic.twitter.com/OKEVDtGarb
— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) January 6, 2021
As protests raged outside, warnings played inside the Capitol advised staff to stay away from windows. In spite of what was going on around the building, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell left no doubt where he stood on Trump’s claims of a rigged election.
The moment trump officially lost mitch
— Molly Jong-Fast🏡 (@MollyJongFast) January 6, 2021
“Nothing before us proves illegality anywhere near the massive scale, the massive scale that would have tipped the entire election, ” McConnell said. “Nor can public doubt alone justify a radical break when the doubt itself was incited without any evidence.”
Shortly after McConnell spoke those words, protestors breached the Capitol’s security. Photos from inside the building showed Trump supporters in the rotunda, discharging fire extinguishers and demanding to see senators.
Trump protesters just broke into Capitol. I have footage coming from outside Senate chamber
— Steven Nelson (@stevennelson10) January 6, 2021
Protesters have breached the Capitol. They’re outside the Senate chamber pic.twitter.com/I021tKliUD
— Igor Bobic (@igorbobic) January 6, 2021
Holy shit pic.twitter.com/dofEG2SmqP
— Jim Newell (@jim_newell) January 6, 2021
Live feeds captured the moment that senators were told about the break-in.
Everything in the Senate just stopped after an aide just whispered “protestors are in the building” pic.twitter.com/qR2gSokK5v
— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) January 6, 2021
Tear gas was deployed within the Capitol building and the city of DC declared a 6 p.m. curfew.
"There is now tear gas inside the Capitol rotunda," @BretBaier reports on Fox, and "members inside the House have been instructed to put on masks."
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) January 6, 2021
Protestors have reportedly fired into congressional chambers after breaching the U.S. Capitol building. Capitol police are said to be waiting with guns drawn as a crowd attempts to enter from outside.
Around 4:30 p.m. ET, large numbers FBI and DHS officers appeared around the capital complex in an attempt to aid the Capitol Police in removing rioters. DC Police reporter just 13 arrests so far.
So far, DC police say they've made just 13 arrests.
— Emmanuel Felton (@emmanuelfelton) January 6, 2021
Trump’s most-visible children all worked to distance themselves from the mob on Capitol Hill. Ivanka Trump, Eric Trump and Donald Trump, Jr. all called for the riots to end on Twitter.
No. Peaceful protest is patriotic. Violence is unacceptable and must be condemned in the strongest terms. https://t.co/GwngZTqzTH
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) January 6, 2021
This is wrong and not who we are. Be peaceful and use your 1st Amendment rights, but don’t start acting like the other side. We have a country to save and this doesn’t help anyone. https://t.co/3oUAPxuwi9
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) January 6, 2021
SOURCE :: www.complex.com