House members were told to don gas masks, as tear gas was fired in the Capitol Rotunda. [176] The rioters entered and ransacked the office of the Senate Parliamentarian. Supporters of US President Donald Trump breached the US Congress building on Thursday, clashing with police in a chaotic last-ditch attempt to overturn his election loss. Mitch McConnell (R–KY), Senate Majority Leader, called the storming of the Capitol a "failed insurrection" provoked by the president's "lies"[83] and said that the Senate "will not bow to lawlessness or intimidation". United States Capitol, meeting place of the United States Congress and one of the most familiar landmarks in Washington, D.C. Investigative journalist Sarah Posner, author of Unholy: Why White Evangelicals Worship at the Altar of Donald Trump, argues that many white evangelical Christians in the U.S. create an echo chamber whereby Trump's missteps are blamed on the Democratic Party, leftists, or the mainstream media, the last of which being viewed as especially untrustworthy. "[278][79][281] At 7:00 p.m., Rudy Giuliani placed a second call to Lee's number and left a voicemail intended for Tuberville urging him to make more objections to the electoral votes as part of a bid "to try to just slow it down". I know your hurt. 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[476] In Canada, a few dozen people rallied in support of Trump in Toronto, Vancouver, and Calgary. Included in the group were some convicted criminals, including a man who had been released from a Florida prison after serving a sentence for attempted murder. [224][231] Staff members removed boxes of sealed electoral vote certificates to prevent them from being damaged or stolen by rioters. "Please support our Capitol Police and Law Enforcement," he tweeted. Here's where beside the President of the United States the two other branches of the U.S. government offices call their home: The Congress and the Supreme Court. [327], At 11:08 p.m., the House of Representatives rejected a similar motion to dispute the Arizona vote by a margin of 303–121. [146] Capitol Police chief Sund said his department had developed a plan to respond to "First Amendment activities" but had not planned for the "criminal riotous behavior" they encountered. "They are truly on the side of our Country. [227][228] With violence breaking out, Capitol security advised the members of Congress to take cover. [294][292][295] The order to send in the National Guard, which Trump initially resisted, was approved by Pence. Pence handed the floor from Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) to Senator James Lankford (R-OK). ", "Chapman Faces Pressure to Fire Professor Who Spoke at Trump Rally", "Mo Brooks: Today patriots start 'kicking ass' in fighting vote results", "NC Congressional Delegates React To Violence As Pro-Trump Mob Storms US Capitol". [102], Actions undertaken by Trump to try to overturn the results included filing at least 60 lawsuits, including two brought to the Supreme Court, that sought to nullify election certifications and void votes cast for Biden in each of the five states (all but one being defeated for lack of evidence or standing); mounting campaigns to pressure Republican-controlled state legislatures to nullify results, by replacing slates of Biden electors with those declared to Trump, and/or manufacture evidence of fraud (which would likely violate election tampering statutes enacted by the states); and demanding lawmakers investigate supposed election "irregularities", or conduct signature matches of mail-in ballots (regardless of efforts already undertaken). [110] [463] In Indianapolis, approximately 100 people, including many members of the Proud Boys, gathered at the Indiana Statehouse; the Indiana crowd was peaceful. [448], The FBI is also investigating whether foreign adversaries of the U.S. – governments, organizations or individuals – provided financial support to people who attacked the Capitol. Just steps from the still-unsealed Senate chamber doors, the rioters instead followed the Capitol Police officer, leading them back away from the Senate. [441], On January 7, Michael R. Sherwin, the interim United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, said rioters could be charged with seditious conspiracy or insurrection. The approval activated 340 troops, with no more than 114 to be deployed at any given time. [101] Before, during, and after the counting of votes, Trump and other Republicans attempted to overturn the election, falsely claiming widespread voter fraud in five swing states that Biden won: Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. We regret any inconvenience this may cause you, and we look forward to welcoming you to the Capitol Visitor Center at a future date. An announcement was played inside the Capitol as lawmakers were meeting saying that due to an "external security threat" no one could enter or exit the Capitol. [447] The FBI is investigating whether any of this money financed illegal acts. His remarks received more scrutiny after the events of January 6, causing Biggs to respond with a statement denying any relationship with Alexander. [300] Capitol Police chief Steven Sund said his officers' slow response to the rioting was due to their being preoccupied by the improvised explosive devices found near the Capitol. [373] Because the Capitol is not insured against loss, taxpayers will pay for the damage inflicted by the siege. Former US president Bill Clinton said the attack on the Capitol was fuelled by over four years of "poison politics" lit by Trump. The Bigger the Better – Lying as a political tool is hardly new. [87], Opinion polls showed that a large majority of Americans disapproved of the storming of the Capitol and of Trump's actions leading up to and following it, although some Republicans supported the attack or did not blame Trump for it. [126], In the days leading up to the storming, several organizations that monitored online extremism had been issuing warnings about the event. [216], With senators still in the chamber, Trump reached Senator Tommy Tuberville by phone and told him to do more to block the counting of Biden's electoral votes. [105][162] His speech contained many falsehoods and misrepresentations that inflamed the crowd. [18][2][340] Reuters reported that Sicknick suffered a thromboembolic stroke after sustaining head injuries,[343] and collapsed after returning to his division office. [386][387] Vanity Fair reported that Trump was at least partially convinced to make the statement by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who told Trump that a sufficient number of Senate Republicans would support removing him from office unless he conceded. Deaths Near 100,000, An Incalculable Loss, Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020,, Attacks on buildings and structures in the 2020s, Attacks on buildings and structures in the United States, Controversies of the 2020 United States presidential election, Coups d'état and coup attempts in the United States, Crimes against police officers in the United States. We fight like Hell and if you don’t fight like Hell, you’re not going to have a country anymore. [176] A short time afterward, the Capitol Police requested reinforcements from the DC Metropolitan Police, who arrived within 15 minutes. The exact circumstances surrounding the shooting are unclear. [110] Women for America First invited its supporters to join a caravan of vehicles traveling to the event. I know how you feel. [124] Roger Stone recorded a video for Stop The Steal Security Project to raise funds "for the staging, the transportation and most importantly the security" of the event. [73] Outside the building, the mob constructed a gallows and tied a noose to it, punctured the tires of a police vehicle, and left a note saying "PELOSI IS SATAN" on the windshield. [141], Two days before the storming, Bowser announced that the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia (MPD) would lead law enforcement for the event, and would be coordinating with the Capitol Police, the U.S. Park Police, and the Secret Service. [406], Many media outlets worldwide described the storming as "anarchy", including British newspaper i and Canadian newspaper Ottawa Sun. Coming from the White House, Trump addressed the rally, from noon to 1:10 p.m., encouraging this crowd to walk down Pennsylvania Avenue to the Capitol; members of the crowd began walking toward the Capitol "in a steady stream" before he finished speaking. [176], In many cases, those who stormed the Capitol appeared to employ tactics, body armor and technology such as two-way radio headsets that were similar to those of the very police they were confronting. [108] Following clashes with Washington D.C. police during protests on December 12, 2020, the Proud Boys and other far-right groups turned against supporting law enforcement. Former US president Barrack Obama urged Republican leaders to "take the first steps towards extinguishing the flames" in the wake of the riots. [297] Around 3:30 p.m., Northam said that he was working with Bowser and Congress leaders to respond and that he was sending members of the Virginia National Guard and 200 Virginia State Troopers to support D.C. law enforcement, at the mayor's request. We love you. [251][252], Some military personnel participated in the riot;[245] the Department of Defense is investigating members on active and reserve duty who may have been involved in the riot. [332] Representative Peter Meijer (R–MI) said that several of his Republican colleagues in the House would have voted to certify the votes, but did not out of fear for the safety of their families,[333] and that at least one specifically voted to overturn Biden's victory against their conscience because they were shaken by the mob attack that day. [16][221] Pence's wife Karen Pence, daughter Charlotte Pence Bond, and brother Greg Pence (a member of the House; R–IN) were in the Capitol at the time it was attacked. About half of these funds went to Nick Fuentes, the leader of the online Groyper Army, who denied breaching the building. [289], Pentagon officials reportedly restricted D.C. guard troops from being deployed except as a measure of last resort, and from receiving ammunition and riot gear; troops were also instructed to engage with protesters only in situations warranting self-defense and could not share equipment with local police or use surveillance equipment without prior approval from Acting Defense Secretary Christopher C. The US Congress was meeting today to certify Joe Biden's victory in the November election, with more than 100 Republican Congress members vowing to object to the results in several states. [224][225] Amid the security concerns, Representative Dean Phillips (D–MN) yelled, "This is because of you!" [16][299] The Office of the Architect of the Capitol (AOC), which maintains the Capitol and preserves its art and architecture, released an initial damage assessment on January 9. The crowd numbered roughly 150. Due to security threat inside: immediately, move inside your office, take emergency equipment, lock the doors, take shelter. [16][182][183][184] As rioters began to storm the Capitol and other nearby buildings, some buildings in the complex were evacuated. [231][234] An armed standoff took place at the front door of the chamber of the House of Representatives: as the mob attempted to break in, federal law enforcement officers drew their guns inside[16] and pointed them towards the chamber doors, which were barricaded with furniture. [279], Trump was in the West Wing of the White House at the time. He had planned to deliver a speech focused on how to revive the economy and provide financial relief for small business owners reeling from the coronavirus pandemic in his native Delaware. ", He also went on to call the supporters "very special." Cox denounces 'mob violence' at Capitol", "Over a dozen lawmakers joined crowds on day of Capitol riot", "W.Va. For more than two centuries, the United States legislature has met in Washington, D.C. at the Capitol building. [191][192][193][194] Some rioters wore riot gear, including helmets and military-style vests. 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[375][376] The presence of several military veterans who took part in the assault has created growing concern among former military members. [278] In contrast to Trump, who only called upon his supporters to "remain peaceful", Pence called for the occupation of the Capitol to end immediately. [103][104] Trump had spent previous days suggesting that Vice President Mike Pence should stop Biden from being inaugurated, which is not within Pence's constitutional powers as vice president and president of the Senate. at his Republican colleagues. Here's what we know so far. [451] About 60 pro-Trump activists gathered outside the Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta,[452] including armed militia movement members. 00:00:00 / 00:00:00. [116], The rioters openly planned to disrupt the counting of Electoral College ballots for several weeks prior to the event, and called for violence against Congress, Pence, and law enforcement. 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