Chaos on the U.S. Capitol As Congress Meets to Certify Election Outcomes


In Denver, a crowd of round 700 demonstrators gathered on the Colorado State Capitol to protest the election of Joe Biden as the following president of america.

By Erin Skarda, Victoria Carodine •  

On Wednesday, because the U.S. Home of Representatives gathered to certify the electoral school votes to call Joe Biden the following president of america, an enraged crowd surrounded the U.S. Capitol, breaching its doorways, breaking home windows, and swarming the Home Chambers, forcing legislators, workers, and the press to shelter in place and evacuate. 4 folks died throughout the riot, together with one girl was shot, and greater than a dozen cops have been injured.

Because the stunning scene unfolded dwell on tv and throughout social media, the rioters have been seen marching into the Capitol Corridor, overwhelming police and safety officers as they trespassed on federal property. One particular person took the rostrum within the Home Chambers and falsely proclaimed that the election was stolen from President Donald Trump. Others breached the personal places of work of legislators, together with Home Majority Chief Nancy Pelosi, and gleefully posed for pictures, seemingly unaware that they have been committing federal crimes.

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From contained in the Capitol, Colorado’s congressional delegation up to date followers on their standing and the occasions that have been unfolding.

Later, Crow (D, sixth Congressional District) tweeted an replace that he was trapped within the Home Chamber when rioters tried to ram the doorways down and storm the Chamber.

In a video posted on Twitter, Colorado’s 4th Congressional District Consultant Ken Buck (R) stated, that whereas he and his workers are tremendous, he urged the rioters to cease the violence. “We cannot tolerate anarchy,” he stated.

Colorado’s 1st Congressional District Consultant Diana DeGette (D) tweeted that she was protected and locked down “as a result of the president has instigated a riot to attempt to block us from certifying the election for his opponent.” She later tweeted that she was evacuated to an undisclosed location. 

The assault on the Capitol got here simply hours after President Trump spoke to lots of of supporters gathered on the Nationwide Mall for the Save America March. In a rambling name to motion, Trump reiterated false claims that the election was stolen from him, and repeatedly inspired Vice President Mike Pence, who presides over the certification course of, and Republican legislators to someway overthrow the outcomes. “We’ll no means surrender. We’ll no means concede. It would no means occur,” Trump stated. “You don’t concede when there’s theft concerned. Our nation has had sufficient. We won’t take it anymore.”

Demonstrators from the occasion adopted the president’s urging to march to Capitol Hill to “give our Republicans the sort of satisfaction and boldness that they should take again our nation.”

Shortly earlier than the mayhem started, Colorado’s newly minted Congresswoman Lauren Boebert (4th Congressional District) and fifth Congressional District Consultant Doug Lamborn joined the group of Republicans in difficult the electoral school votes from Arizona. In a loud and extensively inaccurate speech on the ground, Boebert falsely claimed that the state unlawfully amended its voter legal guidelines extending the registration interval.

Boebert’s speech was adopted Consultant Joe Neguse, a Democrat from Boulder, who stated, “In america, we settle for the outcomes of free and truthful elections…We don’t ignore the need of the voters.”

Folks attend a rally in help of President Donald Trump Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, exterior the State Capitol in downtown Denver. (AP Photograph/David Zalubowski)

As occasions unfolded in Washington, a crowd gathered exterior the Colorado State Capitol for the “We Are the Storm” rally swelled from round 150 at midday to an estimated 700 2 p.m. In keeping with Colorado Newsline reporter Chase Woodruff, who was on the scene, as audio system took the microphone, they saved these gathered apprised of what was unfolding on the nation’s Capitol.



Whereas the demonstrations in Denver have remained peaceable, round 2:15 p.m., Mayor Hancock instructed metropolis companies to shut municipal buildings “out of an abundance of warning.”

The police presence on the state Capitol was gentle at first, however Colorado Public Radio reporter Allison Sherry later tweeted that the FBI have been concerned.

On Wednesday afternoon, whereas Trump doubled down on his election delusions, President-elect Joe Biden addressed the nation, calling for the extremists to “pull again and permit democracy to go ahead.”

“At this hour, our democracy is beneath unprecedented assault not like something we’ve seen in fashionable occasions,” Biden stated. “In the present day is a reminder—a painful one—that democracy is fragile. To protect it, requires folks of goodwill, leaders with the braveness to face up, who’re devoted to not the pursuit of energy, or their private curiosity—their very own egocentric pursuits—however to the widespread good.”

It is a creating story and will likely be up to date as new info turns into obtainable.

Erin Skarda, Digital Editor

Erin oversees the editorial technique for, manages improvement initiatives, and writes and edits articles for the web site.

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