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Trump Supporters Breach Capitol And Clash With Police After ‘Stop The Steal’ Rally

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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.”

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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.

Trump asked his supporters, who had broken barricades, entered the Capitol and reportedly fired into the House chamber, to remain calm and non-violent.

 

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.”

Former president George W. Bush issues a statement denouncing the attack on the capitol, calling it a “sickening and heartbreaking sight.”

Congress’ top law enforcement officer, the Sargeant-at-Arms, reported that the Capitol building had been taken back from rioters and secured. The report came just before the citywide curfew went into effect.

“The D.C. Guard has been mobilized to provide support to federal law enforcement in the District. Acting Secretary Miller has been in contact with Congressional leadership, and Secretary McCarthy has been working with the D.C. government. The law enforcement response will be led by the Department of Justice,” Pentagon Spokesman Johnathan Hoffman shared.

Joe Biden called on Trump to address the nation on national television in an effort to stop the violence.

 

According to rioters who spoke with journalists, some of the people inside the Capitol plan to get violent heading into the evening.

Police ordered the evacuation of the House Cannon Office Building, part of the Capitol complex.

Several police officers were injured by the rampaging Trump supporters and had to be evacuated from the scene.

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.

“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.

Live feeds captured the moment that senators were told about the break-in.

Tear gas was deployed within the Capitol building and the city of DC declared a 6 p.m. curfew.

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.

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.

 

SOURCE :: www.complex.com

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