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Trump Starts Riot at US Capitol

Trump directs supporters to violently overthrow Congress, UCOMM gets text from the inside

Kris LaGrange's picture
Jan 06, 2021

Inside the Capitol, the House and the Senate met to approve the votes of the Electoral College. While Republicans inside the building attempted to overthrow the vote of the people to gain favor with the sore loser at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue, Trump supporters stormed the Capitol in an attempt to overthrow the duly elected Government.

Outside on the steps of the Capitol Trump’s crazed supporters, including violent groups like the Proud Boys, began a violent attempt to siege the Capitol. Hundreds of Trump supporters began attacking police, calling them traitors and committing acts of physical violence against the officers who were trying to keep the Capitol safe. In the video below, you can see Trumpers physically attacking the police and even spraying what appears to be pepper spray at the officers.

Congresswoman Elaine Lauria tweeted that she was forced to evacuate her office due to a bomb threat outside and said that it sounded like multiple gunshots were going off. Shortly after her tweet, CNN confirmed that the US Capitol was being placed on lockdown due to the escalating threat that the Trumpers were posing to the Congressmembers, Senators, and staff. People in the Capitol were told to shelter in place in their offices. CNN personnel also reported hearing fireworks and flash bangs, although they stressed, they were unsure if these were being deployed by the police or by the protestors. At about 2:30 PM, the Trump supporters broke through the security barricades and entered into the secured Capitol area.

Some were even reported to have made it as far as the Capitol Rotunda, which is just feet away from the Chambers. Video could be seen of Trumpers fighting with Capitol police inside the rotunda. One picture even showed Trumpers sitting in the House and Senate chambers and reports say that they continued on into Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office.

Due to the attack on the US Capitol, voting on the Electoral College certification was stopped so that the members could shelter in place. Pool reporters said that at about 2:45 PM that there was an armed standoff at the front door of the House Chamber as armed Trump supporters attempted to enter the room.

According to Congressman Gerry Connelly (D-VA) House members have been given gas masks so that the Capitol Police can use tear gas to push the Trumpers out of the building. That was backed up by other Congressmembers, including Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-NY).

Earlier in the day, Trump spoke at a rally and incited his supporters, including violent white supremacists like the Proud Boys, to walk to the Capitol Building and "show strength" and "fight." Many of them have, and some breached the Capitol Wednesday afternoon.

In an effort to prevent further violence the Mayor of the District of Columbia has issued a mandatory curfew that goes into effect at 6:00 PM.

Sources say that shots were fired on the Capitol grounds and at least one woman was shot.

Even with the chaos and threats to the Congress, CNN reported that Liz Cheney and Hakeem Jeffries in undisclosed location told congresspeople they are with that "this will not stop us, we will get back to work."

At 3:43 PM, I texted Congressman Lee Zeldin, a Republican from New York's 1st Congressional District, asking if he was okay and letting him know our thoughts were with him. In my line of work I have built relationships with members of Congress and although we rarely see eye to eye politically, the last thing any of us wants is a member of Congress to get hurt. At  4:52 PM Congressman Zeldin finally responded by saying "Thanks Kris. I was evacuated to a safe location. Thank you for checking in!"

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