By J. Jala | 11:24 AM January 07, 2020
Supporters of US President Donald Trump on Wednesday (Thursday in Philippines) stormed the US capitol as Congress met to certify the win of President-elect Joe Biden in the November 2020 elections.
CNN reported that on the same day a runoff election in Georgia put control of Congress in Democratic hands, Trump supporters overturned barricades and clashed with police on the U.S. Capitol grounds and streamed inside the building. The demonstrations flared as lawmakers met inside to formally certify Biden’s victory over Trump in the Nov. 3 election.
Law enforcement authorities struggled to maintain order and National Guard troops were being deployed.
Inside the great domed US Capitol building, initially out of view of the cameras, images emerged of a scene that resembled something from a coup d’etat.
Hundreds of 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. About 90 minutes later, police said demonstrators got into the building and the doors to the House and Senate were being locked.
A woman was shot and killed during the assault, according to Washington, D.C., police. Her identity has not been made public, the New York Times reported.
Shortly after, the House floor was evacuated by police.
Vice President Mike Pence was also evacuated from the chamber, he was to perform his role in the counting of electoral votes.
Members of Congress returned to the Capitol on Wednesday night to resume counting the electoral votes from the November election.
On Twitter, Trump asked people to remain peaceful. He then posted a video on social media, asking the rioters to go home — but not before reiterating his baseless claims about the election being stolen and saying: “You’re very special.”
Twitter and Facebook acted to remove the video, and Twitter said it locked Trump’s account for 12 hours.