Trump Supporters Storm U.S. Capitol, Halting Ratification of Electoral College Vote by Congress

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by Delphine Luneau and Ted O’Neil

 

Supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol Building Wednesday afternoon, interrupting the congressional session that was meeting to confirm the Electoral College votes.

Hundreds of protesters were shown on television news coverage walking through Statuary Hall without having gone through any security checkpoints. Debate was halted, and lawmakers were ordered to return to their offices and shelter in place. Legislators were told they may need to hide under their chairs and to be quiet and not draw attention to themselves.

Vice President Mike Pence and some lawmakers were evacuated from the building, and media reports indicated that there was an armed standoff between law enforcement officials and protesters.

The protesters appeared to have come from a rally earlier in the day in which Trump condemned, as he has repeatedly since November, the results of the Nov. 3 election that made former Vice President Joe Biden the president-elect.

Capitol Police put out calls to several other agencies to provide assistance after getting overrun, and Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser has put in place a 6 p.m. curfew and asked for the Washington, D.C., National Guard to be called up; a Washington Post reporter said that the Defense Department rejected the request for troops to be deployed.

Trump didn’t directly address the actions of the protesters but he did ask them to avoid violence, tweeting “Please support our Capitol Police and Law Enforcement. They are truly on the side of our Country. Stay peaceful!”

The sight of massive crowds halting the democratic process in the nation’s capital city was jarring to observers, some of whom laid the blame for the crowd’s actions at the president’s feet.

“This is a coup attempt,” tweeted U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill. Then, addressing Trump, he wrote, “You are not protecting the country. Where is the DC guard?  You are done and your legacy will be a disaster.”

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, one of the architects of an effort to object to the certification of Biden’s victory, urged the protesters not to turn to violence.

“Violence is always unacceptable,” he tweeted. “Even when passions run high. Anyone engaged in violence – especially against law enforcement – should be fully prosecuted.”

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Delphine Luneau is a veteran journalist with more than 20 years of experience. She was the editor of Suburban Life Media when its flagship was named best weekly in Illinois, and she has worked at papers in South Carolina, Indiana, Idaho and New York.

Ted O’Neil is a contributor to The Center Square.

Photo “Trump Supporters” by Global News.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. Habu

    What started as a peaceful protest in Washington D.C. yesterday devolved into a riot because of what appears to be planted thugs & miscreants. Everyone that assaulted a police officer or damaged the facility should be held accountable. Please don’t let kamala harris pay for their bail as she has done in the past.
    It’s interesting that the first thing we hear is “where is the police”? Wait a minute, I thought the police were the bad guys and should be defunded as declared by many Democrats. The protest in D.C. yesterday was relatively mild compared to what we have seen in numerous other cities for the last 7-8 months yet it is immediately declared a “riot”. There was no wholesale burning, looting or setting fires.
    I see many politicians with the hand wringing denouncing what happened yesterday but strangely enough the “hand wringing and denouncements” have been non-existent when Portland, Kenosha and numerous other cities experienced far worse rioting.
    Everyone seems to forget what has been going on all over the country for the past four years. Conservatives have been harassed continuously since the 2016 election. Democrat politicians have encouraged this behavior. (I reference Maxine Waters encouraging a crowd to “get in their faces”) The disgusting treatment of Justice Kavanaugh & Justice Barrett during their confirmation hearing by various Democrats, in particular Senators Coons, Booker, Harris and Blumenthal. For four years the conservative crowd has endured outrageous behavior by the Democrats & the far left crowd.. You can kick a dog for only so long before he bites back.
    What I have stated here is just a small part of what has been happening. I DO NOT CONDONE THE VIOLENCE that occurred yesterday but I am not at all surprised. The politicians need to understand “their house can be attacked also”. They do not & should not have impunity from their actions.
    Ladies & Gentlemen let’s be Ladies & gentlemen.

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