Tens of thousands gathered at the Capitol in Washington today for a pro-Trump rally. As the rally went on, the crowd turned violent and overran Capitol police and barricades to force entry to the building.
.@GOPLeader responds to the breach of the Capitol:
“This is so un-American… I could not be sadder or more disappointed at the way our country looks at this very moment…
This is not the American way.
This is not protected by the First Amendment.
This must stop now.” pic.twitter.com/b7lt5DPY7c
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) January 6, 2021
Both the House and Senate were shut down and Members were moved to safe locations.
Holy shit they’re literally breaking into the Capitol pic.twitter.com/y3WWefJsej
— Joshua Potash (@JoshuaPotash) January 6, 2021
— Getty Images News (@GettyImagesNews) January 6, 2021
Now a local ABC affiliate reports that shots have been fired inside the Capitol building.
The Capitol building has been locked down, halting the vote to certify Joe Biden’s presidential victory.
A chaplain prayed as police guarded the doors to the chamber and lawmakers tried to gather information about what was happening.
An announcement was played inside the Capitol as lawmakers were meeting and expected to vote to affirm Biden’s victory. Due to an “external security threat,” no one could enter or exit the Capitol complex, the recording said.
Both chambers abruptly went into recess. The District of Columbia’s Mayor, Muriel Bowser, issued a curfew for 6 p.m.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy confirms on Fox News that shots were fired inside the Capitol. “We can disagree but we should not take it to this level. This is unacceptable…You do not do what is happening right now. People are being hurt. This is unacceptable.”
— Bryan Llenas (@BryanLlenas) January 6, 2021
Washington, D.C., will be under citywide curfew starting at 6 p.m., the mayor said, after pro-Trump protesters stormed the Capitol as Congress met to certify the results of the presidential election. https://t.co/iXyNTCKxHA
— The New York Times (@nytimes) January 6, 2021
US Capitol, Washington D.C. on lockdown as Trump supporters breach building https://t.co/DOsLJBoLxP pic.twitter.com/QpJ02P67L9
— New York Post (@nypost) January 6, 2021