Pro-Trump protesters storm US Capitol

January 7, 2021

They locked down the Capitol while lawmakers were busy certifying Biden’s victory in the 2020 election.

On Wednesday, protesters who refused to accept Donald Trump’s defeat in the 2020 US Elections stormed the Capitol building in Washington. The protesters locked down the Capitol while the Senate was busy certifying that Joe Biden had indeed won the race to the Presidency.

The large crowd chanted “Make America Great Again” while displaying flags in support of Trump. Some demonstrators even made it onto the Senate floor, where they looted desks. 

Senators were locked inside the second floor of the Capitol building as protesters broke windows and tried to gain entry to confront the politicians. In some video clips from inside the chaos, personal security officers can be seen with guns drawn on rioters.

One person was shot amid the chaos, and a woman was seen being treated for an unknown injury as paramedics moved her on a stretcher out of the Capitol. She was transported to the hospital and later died.

Vice-president Mike Pence was presiding over the joint session of Congress. As the sounds of disruptions started to become audible in the chamber, he was hastily escorted out of the building to a secure location.

Leaning on debunked theories of a rigged vote, Trump addressed supporters at the White House, urging them to “stop the steal” and make a stand for his presidency.

“All of us here today do not want to see our election victory stolen by emboldened, radical-left Democrats,” Trump said during his speech. “We will never give up; we will never concede.”

After his speech, a crowd began marching up Pennsylvania Avenue toward the Capitol. Among the leaders of the march was Alex Jones, a conspiracy theorist who has openly supported Trump on his InfoWars YouTube show and podcast.

Washington was placed on a curfew as more protests are expected during the night.