Capitol on lockdown as pro-Trump protestors try to break into the building

“Supporters of President Donald Trump have breached the US Capitol, according to Capitol police officers, as lawmakers count the Electoral College votes certifying President-elect Joe Biden’s win,” as CNN is reporting.

“Pro-Trump protesters pushed through barriers set up along the perimeter of the Capitol, where they tussled with officers in full riot gear, some calling the officers ‘traitors’ for doing their jobs.

“Police said demonstrators got into the building and the doors to the House and Senate were being locked. Video from inside the Capitol showed Trump supporters marching through Statuary Hall.

“The US Capitol Police is asking for additional law enforcement for assistance, including federal authorities, per a source familiar.

“The source says there are several suspicious devices outside the Capitol building. The protesters have breached exterior security barriers, and video footage shows protesters gathering and some clashing with police near the Capitol building. CNN’s team on the ground saw a number of protestors trying to go up the side of the Capitol building. Several loud flash bangs have been heard.

More details from The Hill including, “(Congress) Members, and those present currently have tear gas masks in their laps.” And “Vice President Pence was removed from the Senate chamber.”

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4 thoughts on “Capitol on lockdown as pro-Trump protestors try to break into the building”

  1. “The attack on the Capitol strikes at the most sacred act of our democracy: the peaceful transfer of power. It is an outrage and a threat to our most fundamental principles as a free people.” —Congressman Tom McClintock

    “House members and staff are safe and in secure locations. Those who have stormed the Capitol are being dealt with. I am thankful to the Capitol Police who are working hard to protect everyone and secure the Capitol.

    “Peaceful protests are an important part of American expression, and a cornerstone of our founding. Violence, no matter by who or for what reason is inexcusable and must be dealt with immediately, forcefully and with the full force of the law.

    “The actions at the Capitol today hurt our country. We intend to resume our duties soon. The voice of the House of the People will not be silenced for long by a small group that violates the goodwill of all Americans to the right to redress their grievances.” —Rep. Doug LaMalfa

    1. Says our two elected officials who have done nothing but support Trump’s lies & claimed the election was stolen, shown up at events over the years with right wing kooks claiming all kinds of government conspiracies, and encouraged right wing threats of violence with their words ever since the day they were first elected to public office.

    2. “History will rightly remember today’s violence at the Capitol, incited 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. But we’d be kidding ourselves if we treated it as a total surprise.

      For two months now, a political party and its accompanying media ecosystem has too often been unwilling to tell their followers the truth — that this was not a particularly close election and that President-Elect Biden will be inaugurated on January 20. Their fantasy narrative has spiraled further and further from reality, and it builds upon years of sown resentments. Now we’re seeing the consequences, whipped up into a violent crescendo.

      “Right now, Republican leaders have a choice made clear in the desecrated chambers of democracy. They can continue down this road and keep stoking the raging fires. Or they can choose reality and take the first steps toward extinguishing the flames. They can choose America.

      I’ve been heartened to see many members of the President’s party speak up forcefully today. Their voices add to the examples of Republican state and local election officials in states like Georgia who’ve refused to be intimidated and have discharged their duties honorably. We need more leaders like these — right now and in the days, weeks, and months ahead as President-Elect Biden works to restore a common purpose to our politics. It’s up to all of us as Americans, regardless of party, to support him in that goal.” —Barack Obama

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