On a day which normally goes by almost unnoticed – the day when the President-elect is certified by Congress – has turned into a scene that surely has never been seen in the 243-year history of United States of America.
Incited by remarks issued by the current American President Donald Trump, a mob of protesters have stormed the Capitol in an misguided attempt to halt the democratic process despite there being absolutely no credible evidence that President-Elect Joe Biden won the election illegally.
“All of us here today do not want to see our election victory stolen by emboldened radical Democrats,” Trump said today in a speech at the White House. “We will never give up. We will never concede. It will never happen. You don’t concede when there’s death involved. Our country has had enough. We will not take it anymore.”
— TIME (@TIME) January 6, 2021
Trump also, incredibly, referred to to the counting of ballots in the election as “explosions of bullsh-t.”
He also called on his Vice President Mike Pence to overturn Biden’s election, something he doesn’t have the authority to do, and has since stated he has no interest in doing.
“It is my considered judgment that my oath to support and defend the Constitution constrains me from claiming unilateral authority to determine which electoral votes should be counted and which should not,” Pence wrote in a three-page letter addressed to Congress.
Pence added, “vesting the Vice President with unilateral authority to decide presidential contests would be entirely antithetical.”
Trump supporters who do not care about the democratic process and just selfishly want to create havoc have since invaded the Capitol and the images are startling.
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
House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy tells @NorahODonnell he has asked President Trump to talk to the nation and stop the chaos at the U.S. Capitol: "What we're currently watching unfold is un-American…This is not the First Amendment. This has to stop and this has to stop now." pic.twitter.com/D56mAVVXQw
— CBS News (@CBSNews) January 6, 2021
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
URGENT: SHOTS FIRED INSIDE CHAMBERS pic.twitter.com/AmE6oXxFAH
— ASB News / WORLD 🌍 (@ASB_Breaking) January 6, 2021
— Getty Images News (@GettyImagesNews) January 6, 2021
Trump supporters have entered the US Capitol rotunda after storming the building as Congress was in the process of certifying Biden's presidential victory (📸: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images) pic.twitter.com/ircWIAID2P
— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) January 6, 2021
Absolute calamity at the U.S. Capitol. Smoke bombs, tear gas and people infiltrating the building. 30 mins ago some here hijacked this equipment and took flags to the windows.
Others asserting that “1776 has commenced again.” pic.twitter.com/PcKMpuKLT5
— Michael Brice-Saddler (@TheArtist_MBS) January 6, 2021
People are climbing the walls of the Capitol pic.twitter.com/t4FJXmwFBK
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) January 6, 2021
Scores of Trump supporters breached the Capitol building and neared the Senate floor on Wednesday afternoon as thousands cheered and clashed with police in front of the building. https://t.co/wH1URGxPnI pic.twitter.com/GDIQF7tpY7
— The New York Times (@nytimes) January 6, 2021
Capitol Police are chaining shut the doors to the tunnel between Russell and the Capitol. pic.twitter.com/e7KavelVQ3
— Garrett Haake (@GarrettHaake) January 6, 2021
The Capitol is literally being broken into.
We’re under siege. pic.twitter.com/HW5bxbyr0h
— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) January 6, 2021
Protestors have entered the Capitol. pic.twitter.com/dzaDGn5MoC
— Jazmine Ulloa (@jazmineulloa) January 6, 2021
BREAKING: Trump supporters have breached the Capitol building, tearing down 4 layers of security fencing and are attempting to occupy the building — fighting federal police who are overrun
This is the craziest thing I’ve ever seen in my life. Thousands, police can’t stop them pic.twitter.com/VVdTUwV5YN
— ELIJAH SCHAFFER (@ElijahSchaffer) January 6, 2021
Police and Trump supporters are going at it INSIDE of the Capitol. Never thought we’d see something like this pic.twitter.com/MqBJoKYHbP
— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) January 6, 2021
They just put up a cross in front of the capitol building pic.twitter.com/0LrGQ5zj9e
— Anna Timmer (@VeritasSola) January 6, 2021
Capitol Police are now firing tear gas into the crowd. pic.twitter.com/T0ToS93oyn— Zachary Petrizzo (@ZTPetrizzo) January 6, 2021
Trump supporter breaking the glass at Capitol building and climbing through the window pic.twitter.com/mCIMoqsbxA
— gifdsports (@gifdsports) January 6, 2021
The police are literally stepping aside to let the rioters inside the Capitol. pic.twitter.com/nAAkxuOh68
— A❄️ (@ivyIegion) January 6, 2021
"You're a liar!" — Trump supporters accost a Fox News reporter live on the air near the Capitol pic.twitter.com/30v1dgYs6o
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 6, 2021
An attempt to take down the U.S. flag and replace with a Trump flag at the Capitol. pic.twitter.com/oXg0LMmVQf
— Natasha Korecki (@natashakorecki) January 6, 2021
National guard and federal forces are heading to the Capitol building. pic.twitter.com/E08SgT4IIr
— Steve Laws (@SteveLawsReport) January 6, 2021
This is the fbi swat team in the capitol. pic.twitter.com/bY6maxLjLJ
— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) January 6, 2021
Right-wing terrorist uses a steel barrier as a battering ram at the US Capitol pic.twitter.com/GjmPNQYT4b
— Fifty Shades of Whey (@davenewworld_2) January 6, 2021