Trump-Supporting Protesters Breach the Capitol Endangering Congress [Update]

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President Trump finally got his wish. Law and order have been dispensed with, as his supporters mob the capitol building on Jan. 6, 2021.

The protesters have attacked the Federal government of the United States and disrupted the Electoral College vote ratification. The situation is “absolutely disgusting,” says one CNN reporter. The president is doing absolutely nothing but sitting in the West Wing watching this unfold.

People working in the building were originally told to shelter in place but now are being evacuated. The hoards are in the building and made it to the floor where Congress meets.

Photos show an armed standoff between the police at the doors of the House of Representatives. Police on the inside of the chamber with their guns drawn, pointing them toward the broken window in the door. Congress members can be seen wearing gas masks and ducking for safety. Another photo shows a protester sitting in the elevated seats where Mike Pence and Nancy Pelosi were during the meeting.

Reports indicate Vice President Mike Pence is safe. However, none of the others have been accounted for as yet. There seems to be no concern to alert the public that Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris is safe. She was at the Capitol today as a Senator doing her duty during the joint session of Congress.

protestersTrump has been actively tweeting without referring to the conflict. After 30 minutes of watching the protesters storm the Capitol building, he finally tweeted, telling them to “stay peaceful.”

He needs to tell protesters to stand down. If he could muster some decency, he would be concerned, and his tweets would reflect this.

Trump has pushed for this destruction he has unleashed. Not long before the masses breached the Capitol building, he told the protesters to go and make their voices heard.

He has egged on his followers for the past five years to support him and no one else. Trump claims to be the “law and order president,” yet he sits back and lets this happen.

His supporters are angry about the supposed fraudulent election results. Unfortunately, they believe his lies. Trump’s words enraged and empowered the masses. Last night at the rallies, almost every speaker promised a civil war.

CNN reports a woman was shot in the chest and is in critical condition. She was on the Capitol grounds.

Shortly after the protesters broke through the security barriers, Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced a curfew beginning at 6:00 p.m. CT.

UPDATES:

  • Vice President Pence, not President Trump approved the request for National Guardsmen to be deployed to protect the U.S. Capitol building, according to The New York Times.
  • There were 14 police officers injured, one woman died from gunshot wounds, and three other protesters died from undisclosed injuries, according to CNN, on January 7.

Written by Cathy Milne-Ware

Source:

CNN: Live
The News York Times: As the D.C. police clear the Capitol grounds, the mayor extends a public emergency.

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