Pro-Trump protesters stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, prompting police to evacuate lawmakers from the building.
How it started: The crowd broke through police barricades and shattered windows en route to entering the Capitol.
- Vice President Mike Pence was rushed out of the Senate chamber where he was presiding over a joint session of Congress to count the electoral votes and affirm Joe Biden as president and the Capitol building was placed on lockdown.
- Police subsequently escorted senators and members of House from the building to others nearby.
- Wild images of protesters swarming the halls of Congress with Trump paraphernalia circulated online.
Scenes of chaos: Other videos showed demonstrators clashing with police.
Trump supporters fought back after Capitol Police moved in to retake the Rotunda. pic.twitter.com/4e7mNyqWZy— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) January 6, 2021
Photos captured an armed standoff inside the evacuated Senate chamber.
A live MSNBC broadcast was interrupted by a bloody woman being stretchered outside the Capitol building.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said during a Fox News interview on Wednesday afternoon that one person had been shot in the mayhem.
- According to reports, she appeared to be one of the protesters and is in critical condition.
Calls for calm: Amid widespread condemnation of the demonstrators' actions from Republican and Democrat lawmakers, the president tweeted, "No violence" and urged his supporters, "Remember, WE are the Party of Law & Order."
Earlier in the day, Trump addressed a rally outside the White House calling for the election results to be overturned.
- The president repeated his unproven claims of widespread voter fraud and vowed to "never concede."
- "All of us here today do not want to see our election victory stolen by emboldened radical Democrats,” Trump told the crowd. "We will never give up. We will never concede. It will never happen. You don’t concede when there’s theft involved. Our country has had enough. We will not take it anymore."
Mayor Muriel Bowser of Washington responded to the unrest by declaring a citywide curfew from 6 p.m. Wednesday night to 6 a.m. Thursday morning and calling in the National Guard.
- An Army official said the entire District of Columbia National Guard — 1,100 troops — was being activated in response the Bowser's request.