Trump Supporters Breach U.S. Capitol Building

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Pro-Trump supporters storm the US Capitol building. Credit: BNO News/Twitter

Trump supporters breached the Capitol on Wednesday as Congress was meeting to certify the Electoral College results for President-elect Joe Biden.

There was confusion in the House chamber as the Capitol doors were locked and the debate over the electoral count was suspended. Fox News reported at 3:38 PM that one person had been shot but it was unclear who was shot or where it happened. At that time there were streams of people leaving the Capitol area voluntarily and peacefully, waving flags and chanting.

At 3:47 PM, President Trump announced that he would not tolerate the situation at the Capitol and was sending out the National Guard to handle the demonstration. At 4:29 PM Trump sent out a Facebook video urging protestors to leave the Capitol, telling them to “go home” despite repeating his claims once again that the election was stolen.

NBC News reported just prior to that that one person has been hospitalized and five officers were also hospitalized after suffering from pepper spray in their faces.

Vice President Mike Pence is still in the Capitol building since it was deemed unsafe to leave the area at present. Lawmakers were told they may need to duck under their chairs, as protestors were seen in the rotunda of the US Capitol.

Twitter user Oliver Lopez Cano posted a video showing a Trump supporter lying on the floor of the Capitol, who he claimed had been shot. People are seen attempting to help her as she lies there with a Trump flag beneath her.

NBC News reported that she was a protester who apparently had been shot by Capitol police. She has been taken to a hospital and her condition is unknown at present.

Donald Trump has broken his silence and tweeted for demonstrators to “support Capitol Police and Law Enforcement”.

“They are truly on the side of our country,” he wrote. “Stay peaceful!”

US media showed tear gas being deployed inside the Capitol building as a growing number of demonstrators continue to enter it. Clearly Capitol police were completely overwhelmed by the number of protesters, who swarmed past them into the building.

DC Mayor Muriel Bowser has ordered a citywide curfew beginning at 6:00 PM EST.

Earlier, a “Save America March” was taking place against the Presidential election results, the validity of which U.S. President Donald Trump continues to dispute. In a Facebook post earlier in the day he had mentioned the fact that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court had ruled just before the election that election officials did not have to check the signatures on mail-in ballots, and they were allowed to accept ballots that arrived at voting places after Election Day.

Longtime Florida Congressman Gus Bilirakis, who had just earlier on Wednesday announced that he had been diagnosed with Covid-19 and was in quarantine, issued a statement on Facebook calling for calm and an end to the demonstration.

“My staff has been told to shelter in place for their safety, and I am watching the scene at the Capitol unfold. While I support the Constitutionally-protected right for peaceful protest, some of the images I am seeing on the news do not constitute a peaceful demonstration. These unruly behaviors are completely unacceptable and place law enforcement and countless individuals in harm’s way.”