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 have been counting Electoral Faculty votes to verify the presidential victory of Democrat Joe Biden.
Lots of the rioters got here instantly 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 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 1000’s, put together for a pro-Trump rally close to the Ellipse. Many started gathering the evening earlier than. Trump tweeted in regards to the rally on Dec. 19: “Large 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. Trump begins talking shortly earlier than midday at about 11:50 a.am. and says, “And after this, we’ll stroll down there, and I will be there with you, we’ll stroll down … to the Capitol and we’re going to cheer on our courageous senators and congressmen and ladies.” Trump speaks for greater than an hour. On the conclusion, 1000’s stroll to the Capitol.
Lawmakers collect for a joint session within the Home of Representatives chamber to depend Electoral Faculty 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 studies 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 studies District police are asking for extra legislation enforcement.
Rep. Elaine Luria, D-Va., tweets she is being evacuated after studies of a pipe bomb exterior. “Supporters of the President try to power their means into the Capitol and I can hear what appears like a number of gunshots.”
Rioters breach police traces on the west facet 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 information, not the fraudulent or inaccurate ones which they have been requested to beforehand certify. USA calls for the reality!”
Trump tweets, “Please assist our Capitol Police and Regulation Enforcement. They’re actually on the facet of our Nation. Keep peaceable!”
Rioters are photographed breaking Capitol home windows.
Pictures 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-W.Va., 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-Tennessee, 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! Bear in mind, WE are the Social gathering of Regulation & Order – respect the Regulation and our nice women and men in Blue. Thanks!”
CBS studies a lady is in crucial situation after being shot within the neck contained in the Capitol. Police later report the lady died. She was recognized as Ashli Babbitt, 35, an Air Pressure veteran. Her husband was quoted as saying she was a powerful supporter of Trump.
The District of Columbia Nationwide Guard, about 1,100 troops, is mobilized to assist 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 damage. We had an election that was stolen from us. It was a landslide election and everybody is aware of it, particularly the opposite facet. However it’s a must to 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 have been deleted. Twitter bans the president from tweeting for 12 hours. Twitter first froze the tweets and would not enable feedback or retweets, then the ban was imposed.
Congress reconvenes to renew counting Electoral Faculty votes.
SOURCE USA TODAY Community reporting and analysis; The Related Press; a number of media studies
PHOTO CREDIT AP Picture/J. Scott Applewhite; Picture Win McNamee/Getty Photographs; AP Picture/Andrew Harnik
Will Carless contributed with studies from the Capitol in Washington, D.C.
Additionally contributing: Carlie Procell, Sean Dougherty, Rachel Stassen-Berger, Dinah Pulver, Jim Sergent, Susan Web page, Christal Hayes, and Shawn Sullivan