Trump Supporters Breach Capitol and Clash With Police After 'Stop the Steal' Rally

Donald Trump supporting protestors clashed with police near the Capitol building after the planned “Stop The Steal” rally on the National Mall.

Police and rioters on Capitol Hill

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Police and rioters on Capitol Hill

UPDATED 1/6, 10:40 p.m.: CNN's Kaitlan Collins reports that White House officials were disturbed by Trump's reaction to the storming of the Capitol by his supporters, which were described as being "borderline enthusiastic because it meant the certification was being derailed." 

Collins added that it "genuinely freaked people out."

White House officials were shaken by Trump's reaction to a mob of his supporters descending on the Capitol today. He was described to me as borderline enthusiastic because it meant the certification was being derailed. It has genuinely freaked people out.

— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) January 7, 2021

See original story below.

Crowds of Donald Trump supporters in Washington D.C, for the "Stop The Steal" rally being held on the National Mall stormed the Capitol building while Congress deliberated certifying the election results inside.

Photos and videos from people on the ground showed MAGA loyalists charging the steps and clashing with police while attempting to climb barricades around the building which houses both congressional chambers.

Protesters are charging toward the Captiol steps. Some tried to scale the construction structures and have been tackled by police. They want to enter the building and are making attempts at intervals. Capitol police trying to hold them back.

— Rebecca Tan (@rebtanhs) January 6, 2021

Whoa: Trump supporters going at it with the police on the steps of the Capitol as Congress counts the Electoral College ballots inside

— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) January 6, 2021

Trump protesters have broken through barriers at the US Capitol

— Donie O'Sullivan (@donie) January 6, 2021

Here’s the request

— Manu Raju (@mkraju) January 6, 2021

Police ordered the evacuation of the House Cannon Office Building, part of the Capitol complex.

Now multiple officers injured.

— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) January 6, 2021

Several police officers were injured by the rampaging Trump supporters and had to be evacuated from the scene.

Video of Capitol breakin. Trump protesters are demanding to see senators

— Steven Nelson (@stevennelson10) January 6, 2021

As protests raged outside, warnings played inside the Capitol advised staff to stay away from windows. In spite of what was going on around the building, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell left no doubt where he stood on Trump's claims of a rigged election.

This is happening

— Igor Bobic (@igorbobic) January 6, 2021

"Nothing before us proves illegality anywhere near the massive scale, the massive scale that would have tipped the entire election, " McConnell said. "Nor can public doubt alone justify a radical break when the doubt itself was incited without any evidence."

Shortly after McConnell spoke those words, protestors breached the Capitol's security. Photos from inside the building showed Trump supporters in the rotunda, discharging fire extinguishers and demanding to see senators.

Holy shit

— Jim Newell (@jim_newell) January 6, 2021

Everything in the Senate just stopped after an aide just whispered “protestors are in the building”

— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) January 6, 2021

"There is now tear gas inside the Capitol rotunda," @BretBaier reports on Fox, and "members inside the House have been instructed to put on masks."

— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) January 6, 2021

Live feeds captured the moment that senators were told about the break-in.

D.C. Mayor Bowser issues curfew in Washington from 6PM Wednesday to 6AM Thursday.

— Katherine Faulders (@KFaulders) January 6, 2021

Tear gas was deployed within the Capitol building and the city of DC declared a 6 p.m. curfew.

Police have guns drawn. We are hiding behind chairs and tables on House gallery

— Olivia Beavers (@Olivia_Beavers) January 6, 2021

Please support our Capitol Police and Law Enforcement. They are truly on the side of our Country. Stay peaceful!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2021

Protestors have reportedly fired into congressional chambers after breaching the U.S. Capitol building. Capitol police are said to be waiting with guns drawn as a crowd attempts to enter from outside.

BREAKING: A source tells me The Defense Department has just denied a request by DC officials to deploy the National Guard to the US Capitol.

— Aaron C. Davis (@byaaroncdavis) January 6, 2021

BREAKING: DC paramedic source tells me one person shot in Capitol. CPR in progress

— Lindsay Watts (@LindsayAWatts) January 6, 2021

Trump is in the private dining room off the Oval Office watching news on the protesters on television, sources tell @SalehaMohsin and me.

— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) January 6, 2021

President Trump urged his supporters to listen to the orders of Capitol Police, well after the situation got out of hand.

A Trump supporter who breached security sits at a desk in the Capitol building...unclear whose desk this is.

Photo by @saulloeb

— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) January 6, 2021

Meanwhile, a request by DC officials for the Defense Department to deploy the National Guard was reportedly denied. 

I am asking for everyone at the U.S. Capitol to remain peaceful. No violence! Remember, WE are the Party of Law & Order – respect the Law and our great men and women in Blue. Thank you!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2021

Local reporter Lindsay Watts reported that a person inside the Capitol has been shot.

My team and I are working closely with @MayorBowser, @SpeakerPelosi, and @SenSchumer to respond to the situation in Washington, D.C.

Per the Mayor's request, I am sending members of the Virginia National Guard along with 200 Virginia State Troopers.

— Governor Ralph Northam (@VAGovernor73) January 6, 2021

Bloomberg reporter Jennifer Jacobs cites sources inside the White House who claimed Trump was watching the riots on television in the Oval Office dining room. 

Per people close to the White House, several official and unofficial aides are trying - without success - to get the president to issue a stronger statement. He simply won't do it. He's been furious at Pence for refusing to do something he doesn't have power to do and that's that

— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) January 6, 2021

Photos taken inside the Capitol showed protestors inside representatives' offices.

Peaceful protest is the right of every American but this attack on our Capitol will not be tolerated and those involved will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

— Mike Pence (@Mike_Pence) January 6, 2021

Trump asked his supporters, who had broken barricades, entered the Capitol and reportedly fired into the House chamber, to remain calm and non-violent.

.@SenSchumer and I are calling on President Trump to demand that all protestors leave the U.S. Capitol and Capitol grounds immediately.

— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) January 6, 2021

Pro-Trump Republican representative Mike Gallagher called on the president to immediately support the results of the election. In an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper, he asked Trump to exert control over his supporters.

“The President needs to call it off … Call it off. It’s over. The election’s over. And the objectors need to stop meddling with the primal forces of our democracy here,” he said.

Though the Department of Defense reportedly declined a request to send in the National Guard, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam deployed his own state's Guardsmen to D.C. in response to requests from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser.

Cops are taking selfies with the terrorists.

— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) January 6, 2021

Sources inside the White House said that they were trying to push Trump to denounce the riots to no avail. 

Several law enforcement officials say at least one improvised explosive device was found on the US Capitol grounds - @PeteWilliamsNBC

— NBC News (@NBCNews) January 6, 2021

That was a far cry from Pence's response. The Vice President called on rioters to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

JUST IN: The entire DC National Guard has been activated by the Department of Defense following a pro-Trump mob breaching the United States Capitol.

— CNN (@CNN) January 6, 2021

Additionally, Democratic leadership pushed Trump to publicly denounce the riots and demand his supporters leave Capitol Hill.

“At this hour our democracy is under unprecedented assault, unlike anything we’ve seen in recent times”

US President-elect Joe Biden says “the scenes of chaos at the Capitol do not reflect a true America”

— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) January 6, 2021

Back inside the Capitol, video emerged of police taking selfies with the protestors who had broken in. CNN reported that several officers had been injured in the riot.

“I call on President Trump to go on national television now, to fulfil his oath and defend the constitution, and demand an end to this siege”

US President-elect Joe Biden says “like so many other Americans, I am genuinely shocked and saddened”

— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) January 6, 2021

At least one explosive device was found by law enforcement inside the Capitol, according to reports from NBC.

I am drawing up Articles of Impeachment.

Donald J. Trump should be impeached by the House of Representatives & removed from office by the United States Senate.

We can’t allow him to remain in office, it’s a matter of preserving our Republic and we need to fulfill our oath.

— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) January 6, 2021

CNN shared that the DC National Guard has been activated in an attempt to quell the unrest. 

“I just don’t know how they got inside...”

— Sean Gentille (@seangentille) January 6, 2021

"The D.C. Guard has been mobilized to provide support to federal law enforcement in the District. Acting Secretary Miller has been in contact with Congressional leadership, and Secretary McCarthy has been working with the D.C. government. The law enforcement response will be led by the Department of Justice," Pentagon Spokesman Johnathan Hoffman shared.

Joe Biden called on Trump to address the nation on national television in an effort to stop the violence.

A source close to the White House who is in touch with some of the rioters at the Capitol said it's the goal of those involved to stay inside the Capitol through the night.

— jim acosta (@Acosta) January 6, 2021

Sergeant at Arms comes back and says, “since we’re in tight quarters, I would recommend that everyone wear their mask.”

Some applause from the Democrats in the room.

— Matt Fuller (@MEPFuller) January 6, 2021

After Biden's speech, Trump addressed the nation via a video posted to his Twitter, where he repeated false claims that the election was over and asked the rioters to go home. 

FBI SWAT team in Capitol complex

— Leigh Ann Caldwell (@LACaldwellDC) January 6, 2021

Representative Ilhan Omar did not think Trump went far enough. His stirring the pot led directly to the riot. As such, Omar said she was drafting up articles of impeachment to have Trump removed from office by force for his role in the rioting.

Statement from Senator Josh Hawley:

Thank you to the brave law enforcement officials who have put their lives on the line. The violence must end, those who attacked police and broke the law must be prosecuted, and Congress must get back to work and finish its job

— Senator Hawley Press Office (@SenHawleyPress) January 6, 2021

Though early videos of the Capitol Hill breach showed rioters climbing fences and squaring off with police, video from other areas showed police letting rioters through the barricades.

No. Peaceful protest is patriotic. Violence is unacceptable and must be condemned in the strongest terms.

— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) January 6, 2021

CNN's Jim Acosta reported that the rioters intended to occupy the Capitol building through the night. Photos of protestors carrying zip ties showed that some were prepared to take hostages.

This is wrong and not who we are. Be peaceful and use your 1st Amendment rights, but don’t start acting like the other side. We have a country to save and this doesn’t help anyone.

— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) January 6, 2021

We are the party of Law & Order - prosecute anyone who crosses that line to the fullest extent of the law.

— Eric Trump (@EricTrump) January 6, 2021

Reporter Matt Fuller, who is sheltered at an undisclosed location along with representatives, said that police have begun attempting to fully clear the Capitol of rioters. Video showed SWAT teams entering the Capitol building.

So far, DC police say they've made just 13 arrests.

— Emmanuel Felton (@emmanuelfelton) January 6, 2021

Insurrectionists telling journalists they're planning to get violent tonight. The passive response to storming the capitol has clearly encouraged it. They're not worried about repercussions since they're showing their faces on camera.

— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) January 6, 2021

Senator Josh Hawley, one of the most vocal doubters of the election results in either chamber of Congress, has asked that the rioters disperse.

ALERT: Person shot at US Capitol today has died, per law enforcement source

— Scott MacFarlane (@MacFarlaneNews) January 6, 2021

As for Congress' work in regards to the election, the body was nowhere near done certifying the results. At the outset of the riots, only 12 of the 538 electoral votes had been certified. Senator Jeff Merkey shared that the ballot boxes had been removed before rioters could reach them.

NBC News: The woman shot today inside the U.S. Capitol building has died, multiple law enforcement officials say.

Reported by @PeteWilliamsNBC & @anblanx

— Tom Winter (@Tom_Winter) January 6, 2021

Trump's most-visible children all worked to distance themselves from the mob on Capitol Hill. Ivanka Trump, Eric Trump and Donald Trump, Jr. all called for the riots to end on Twitter.

JUST IN: The Sergeant-at-Arms has announced that the US Capitol building is now secure

— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) January 6, 2021

Here’s my statement on today’s violence at the Capitol.

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) January 7, 2021

Around 4:30 p.m. ET, large numbers FBI and DHS officers appeared around the capital complex in an attempt to aid the Capitol Police in removing rioters. DC Police reporter just 13 arrests so far.

According to rioters who spoke with journalists, some of the people inside the Capitol plan to get violent heading into the evening.

A woman who was shot during the storming of the Capitol passed away from her injuries, according to multiple reports.

Congress' top law enforcement officer, the Sargeant-at-Arms, reported that the Capitol building had been taken back from rioters and secured. The report came just before the citywide curfew went into effect. 

Former president George W. Bush issues a statement denouncing the attack on the capitol, calling it a "sickening and heartbreaking sight."

Former president Barack Obama also released a statement on the incident, writing, "History will rightly remember today's violence at the Capitol, incident by a sitting president who has continued to baselessly lie about the outcome of a lawful election, as a moment of great dishonor and shame for our nation."

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