As a shocked nation watched on Twitter and TV, a pro-Trump mob battled police, broke into the U.S. Capitol, and despatched members of Congress fleeing as lawmakers had been counting Electoral School votes to verify the presidential victory of Democrat Joe Biden.
Most of the rioters got here straight from President Donald Trump’s “Save America Rally” that started hours earlier on the Ellipse, a park close to the White Home. Trump spoke to them for greater than an hour, insisting, with out proof, that the election had been stolen.
“Our nation has had sufficient,” Trump stated. “We won’t take it anymore and that’s what that is all about. To make use of a favourite time period that every one of you folks actually got here up with, we’ll cease the steal.” When he was completed, supporters headed for the Capitol constructing.
Right here is how occasions unfolded. Occasions are estimates.
Crowds of Trump supporters, estimated within the hundreds, put together for a pro-Trump rally close to the Ellipse. Many started gathering the night time earlier than. Trump tweeted in regards to the rally on Dec. 19 saying, “Massive protest in D.C. on January sixth. Be there, be wild!”
Trump’s “Save America Rally” begins first with the president’s sons, Eric and Donald Trump Jr., then his lawyer, Rudy Guiliani. President Trump begins talking shortly earlier than midday at about 11:50 a.m. and says, “And after this, we will stroll down there, and I will be there with you, we will stroll down … to the Capitol and we’re going to cheer on our courageous senators and congressmen and girls.” Trump speaks for greater than an hour. On the conclusion, hundreds stroll to the Capitol.
Lawmakers collect for a joint session within the Home of Representatives chamber to depend Electoral School votes.
Rioters start grappling with police on the Capitol steps.
Capitol police order evacuation of Library of Congress, Madison Constructing and Cannon Home Workplace Constructing (on Independence Avenue throughout from the Capitol).
C-SPAN stories rioters have crossed Statuary Corridor, the chamber that separates the Home and Senate, heading for the Home and Senate.
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser orders citywide curfew beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday and ending at 6 a.m. Thursday. CNN stories District police are asking for extra legislation enforcement.
Rep. Elaine Luria, D-Va., tweets she is being evacuated after stories of a pipe bomb outdoors. “Supporters of the President are attempting to drive their approach into the Capitol and I can hear what seems like a number of gunshots.”
Rioters breach police strains on the west aspect of the Capitol.
Moments later rioters scale the partitions.
Studies say Vice President Mike Pence has been escorted out of the Senate chamber.
Trump tweets, “Mike Pence didn’t have the braveness to do what ought to have been carried out to guard our Nation and our Structure, giving States an opportunity to certify a corrected set of info, not the fraudulent or inaccurate ones which they had been requested to beforehand certify. USA calls for the reality!”
Trump tweets,”Please help our Capitol Police and Legislation Enforcement. They’re really on the aspect of our Nation. Keep peaceable!”
Rioters are photographed breaking Capitol home windows.
Photographs are reported fired in the Home chamber.
Huffington Publish reporter tweets picture of rioters at dais. “They’re within the chamber.”
Rep. Alex Mooney, R-WV, tweets he has been safely moved from the Home chamber. He says he and others got an escape hood, a respiratory hood and masks for defense in fires or chemical accidents.
Rep. Tim Burchett, R-Knoxville, texts “photographs fired.”
Rioters are photographed on the Senate flooring.
Trump tweets “I’m asking for everybody on the U.S. Capitol to stay peaceable. No violence! Keep in mind, WE are the Get together of Legislation & Order – respect the Legislation and our nice women and men in Blue. Thanks!”
CBS stories a lady is in essential situation after being shot within the neck contained in the Capitol. Police later report the lady died.
The District of Columbia Nationwide Guard, about 1,100 troops, is mobilized to help native legislation enforcement.
A Congressional correspondent tweets that congressional leaders are being evacuated from the Capitol.
In a tweeted video lasting simply over a minute, Trump says, partially: “I do know your ache. I do know you’re harm. We had an election that was stolen from us. It was a landslide election and everybody is aware of it, particularly the opposite aspect. However you must go house now. We have now to have peace. We have now to have legislation and order. … So go house. We love you, you’re very particular. … I understand how you’re feeling. However go house and go house in peace.”
A few of Trump’s tweets addressing the riot had been deleted. Twitter bans the President from tweeting for 12 hours. Twitter first froze the tweets and would not permit feedback or retweets, then the ban was imposed.
Congress reconvenes to renew counting Electoral School votes.
SOURCE USA TODAY Community reporting and analysis; Related Press; a number of media stories
PHOTO CREDIT AP Photograph/J. Scott Applewhite; Photograph Win McNamee/Getty Pictures; AP Photograph/Andrew Harnik
Will Carless contributed with stories from the Capitol in Washington D.C.
Carlie Procell, Sean Dougherty, Rachel Stassen-Berger, Dinah Pulver, and Shawn Sullivan additionally contributed to this report.