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The heart of United States democracy, the US Capitol Building, was stormed by a mob of unruly pro-Trump protesters. Inside, the House of Representatives and the Senate were in the early stages of an unprecedented debate to certify the Electoral College votes that named Joe Biden as the winner of the Presidential vote held on November 3, 2020.

The protesters pushed through rows of steel barricades that had been used to protect the Capitol Building, early in the Washington DC afternoon. They then assembled on the steps of the building, on both sides, pushed through minimal opposition from Capital Building security, and entered the hallowed corridors of the building.

Security quickly cleared the assembled elected members to safe spaces underneath the building whilst some protesters roamed around the building, entering offices, even sitting in the chair of the House Speaker, as the uncontained disruption continued.

Senator Jeff Merkley sent out a Tweet showing the box containing the actual electoral ballots from the Senate floor. Merkley noted that Senate staff “rescued” the ballots before rioters entered the chamber.

“If our capable floor staff hadn’t grabbed them, they would have been burned by the mob.”

People from inside the building described the scenes saying that law enforcement and security “seemed to be outnumbered by the lawless mob”.

Outside, rioters continue to face off with law enforcement, kicking in windows and demanding entry into the building. One woman was shot inside the Capitol by security and has died after being rushed to hospital. A 24 year old man, climbing on scaffolding on the west side of the building, fell more than 10 metres. He was taken to hospital in critical condition.

Earlier in the day, President Trump addressed an orderly MAGA protest, but continued with his narrative of a “stolen election”, inciting the crowd to continue the fight.

As the storming of the Capitol ensued, members of the Republican Party, and President Trump’s leadership group, urged the President to publicly call upon the protesters to stand down. Initially, he remained silent.

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Meanwhile, President Elect Joe Biden made a live appearance calling on the President to “step up”, saying the incident was a “dark moment in the nation’s history.”

“At this hour, our democracy is under unprecedented assault, unlike anything we’ve seen in modern times.”

“Let me be very clear, the scenes of chaos at the Capitol do not reflect the true America.”

“This is not dissent, its disorder, it’s chaos and it borders on sedition and it must end now.”

An hour later President Donald Trump issued a taped video on his Twitter feed, where he again falsely claimed the election “was stolen from us” and that he won it in a “landslide,” but he did call on protesters at the US Capitol building to “go home now.”

He ended the minute-long speech saying to his supporters… “We love you. You’re very special.”

“We have to have peace. We have to have law and order. We have to respect our great people in law and order. We don’t want anybody hurt.”

As night fell on the Capitol Building, police moved rioters away from the west entrance shouting, “move back!” Chemical irritants and flash-bangs were used to help dispel the angry mob.

In the wake of the violence police reported that at least 13 people were arrested amid the siege by pro-Trump rioters. The Metropolitan Police Department noted that none of the arrests were of DC resident.

“All were from out of the area.”

The spokesperson said that several officers are being treated for injuries and authorities have confiscated several weapons as riots have unfolded outside the US Capitol.

Facebook condemned the violent riots at the US Capitol on Wednesday, but stopped short of saying President Trump would be blocked from the social media platform. But a video of an earlier speech, egging on the rioters, was removed from the social media platform.

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PHOTO: A rioter makes himself at home in one of the member’s offices during the insurgency into the Capitol Building – Getty Images

As the rioters disperse the huddled members are speaking to media and posting on social media their intention to continue the process of validating the Electoral college votes although it is difficult to see that happening any time soon as security will need to fully search lockdown the entire building before proceedings can continue. Later it was revealed that congressional leaders were evacuated from the Capitol complex and taken to Fort McNair, a nearby army base.

Meanwhile, senior Republican members are now urging the 12 dissenting members, who initiated the debate on the Electoral College votes, to pull back from continuing their dissent and the debate, in light of the events that have rocked the citadel of American democracy.

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Former US President George W. Bush released a statement condemning the storming of the US Capitol building this afternoon, describing it as “sickening” and “heartbreaking”.

President Trump’s initial homeland security adviser, Tom Bossert, just one of many former officials, has condemned the response to the mob chaos.

“This is beyond wrong and illegal. It’s un-American. The President undermined American democracy baselessly for months. As a result, he’s culpable for this siege, and an utter disgrace.”

Huffington Post’s Igor Bobic photographed one of the mobsters sitting in the House chair.

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President Trump later defended the actions of the unruly mob who stormed and vandalised the US Capitol.

“These are the things and events that happen when a sacred landslide election victory is so unceremoniously & viciously stripped away.”

“Remember this day forever!”

There is no doubt the reverberations of this astonishing day in US politics will be remembered forever.

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    John

    Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 6:46 am

    Americans are tired of this evil corrupt government. It’s way past time to start hanging these tyrants.

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    gosport

    Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 8:04 am

    Trump must stand, They are not rioters, they are patriots.

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      Bill Fischer

      Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 10:46 am

      Trump lost, period. He’s a loser. If you still support him, you’re a loser. There exists no law in the US whereby a politician wins because he ‘feels’ like he won. Countless recounts, countless court cases all the way up to the Supreme Court and they all (even the majority conservative Supreme Court) said the exact same thing: you have NO EVIDENCE! Give it a rest, Cletus.

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    chupapi

    Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 8:41 am

    Crazy useless people not able to accept the truth. Trumo and all of his family and acolytes shall be prosecuted, and all his supporters sought home by home and jailed.

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    herewego

    Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 8:43 am

    I wish they focused the energy of today at Twitter and Google and other Lame-Stream media big tech headquarters also.

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    Buttaxe

    Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 9:15 am

    4 years of Antifa and BLM Marxists murdering, burning down entire neighbourhoods, destroying businesses, looting, even attacking old people and diners, and not peep from Biden and the Dems. But this, THIS is apparently’a dark day’ LOL. The US is a corporatist banana republic. Time for smart Americans to secede and for new nations of like-minded people.

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      J West

      Friday, January 8, 2021 at 12:34 pm

      Nailed it.

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    Ben

    Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 11:34 am

    Trump has been voted out of office and repudiated by the American people.

    White supremicists and similar extremist groups are the main instigators behind todays illegal activity. They actually did America a favor today by:

    1. Displaying what a bunch of thugs and losers they are for the whole world to see.
    2. Exposing lax security at the Capitol complex which will now be corrected.
    3. Making Trump extremely toxic and isolated.
    4. Embarrassing politicians who support him (so they could have his base’s support) who have now repudiated todays illegal actions.
    5. Ensuring he’ll never be elected to the Presidency again in the future.
    6. Causing a permanent break with the VP and Senate Leader.
    7. Putting targets on their backs when the next administration comes in.

    These extremist people aren’t very smart. They’re looking for scapegoats to justify why they aren’t successful and accepted by society. Trump is using them to keep his power and doesn’t really care about them.

    The vast majority of Americans are Americans first and not extremists. They ultimately believe in the democracy we’ve built and If the losers want to secede then good riddens. We don’t authoritarianism in America.

    Gosport and Buttaxe – Did somebody move your cheese?

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      Issan John

      Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 5:11 pm

      Agree with you entirely, Ben, but nevertheless 70 million Americans voted for him – not the majority he claims, like a spoilt, petulant child, but still a sizeable minority.

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        Ben

        Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 9:04 pm

        Yes 70 million people voted for him but don’t confuse that with 70 million supporting his attempt to circumvent the democratic process and become a dictator. We’re not Venezuela.

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          Buttaxe

          Friday, January 8, 2021 at 8:38 am

          LOL, you can’t live with your 70 million opposition but you don’t want to live without them either.

          Face it buddy you hate people who disagree with you, you hate Trump and his supporters, and this may be hard for you to grasp but they hate you too – for everything you stand for and the utter pseudo liberal CNN bullsh*t you spout. That’s the reality.

          You do not speak for the ‘vast majority of Americans – you are delusional. The nation is terminally divided but you have neither the honesty nor the intellectual maturity to recognise that.

          So it’s either civil war or separation. I vote separation, but I don’t think your ilk will allow peaceful separation so a bloody civil war it will be. And so it has been throughout history.

          PS: Venezuela will be fine once the American economic jackboot is off its neck. It will outlast the US, as will Iran, Russia and China. Your time is over.

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            chupapi

            Friday, January 8, 2021 at 8:58 am

            you should think about a career as standup comedian. you sooo funny

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            Ben

            Friday, January 8, 2021 at 9:59 am

            You’re an idiot just like the ones that’ll be put in jail soon who accomplished nothing with the stunt they pulled yesterday. Your hero Trump has just abandoned you and said your buddies will pay for what they did yesterday. You’re so out of touch and a loser. A very unhappy and sad person. Pathetic.

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    James R

    Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 9:45 pm

    A lot of people are saying there was mass cheating going on in the election and when you ask them for the proof they don’t have any, same with Trump, he does not have any.

    The most powerful man in the worlds with his CIA and other organisations, billions of dollars and he can’t produce any evidence?

    Can you imagine going to court saying someone has stolen your car, but you have no proof, should people be found guilty with no proof, it is all madness.

    It is like some nutters here who say it was our prime minister Boris who brought the virus into England, they are mad.

    I liked trump a few years ago as I though he was a man of action for the Americans, now I can see he is just mentally ill.

    I have no bias as I can not vote as I am not an American and do not live in America.

    But I can have an opinion in England without someone wanting to shoot me.

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