As Trump Supporters Stormed the Capitol, Journalists Documented the Chaos in Real…

What started as a day of celebration for a lot of Democrats, after the Reverend Raphael Warnock ousted Kelly Loeffler in Georgia’s Senate race, rapidly turned chaotic and violent, as an indignant mob of President Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the Capitol on Wednesday afternoon in an try and cease Congress’s counting of electoral votes to substantiate President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.

In a defiant, tone-setting speech on Wednesday morning, President Donald Trump vowed to “never concede” and inspired attendees to march up the National Mall in the direction of the Capitol to be able to “give our Republicans…the kind of pride and boldness that they need to take back our country.”

Thousands of Trump’s supporters took him at his phrase, marching to the Capitol—the place the vote to substantiate Biden as president was going down—and making their approach into the constructing as police resistance proved futile. HuffPost reporter Igor Bobic summarized the escalating state of affairs in actual time on Twitter, describing incensed Trump supporters approaching the Senate chamber:

NBC News Congressional reporter Frank Thorp V tweeted a video of Trump supporters on the Senate flooring:

BuzzFeed News reporter Ellie Hall tweeted her report of speaking to a Trump supporter who claimed to have been tear-gassed contained in the Capitol:

Washington Post reporter Rebecca Tan famous the seeming lack of police presence on the north facet of the Capitol simply earlier than 4 p.m.:

Elected officers, together with representatives Cori Bush and Elaine Luria, took to Twitter to explain being pressured to evacuate their workplaces or shelter in place whereas listening to the sound of gunshots exterior:

(It was later reported {that a} girl was in critical condition after being shot within the chest on the Capitol grounds.)

It’s significantly painful to think about the truth that the Trump administration has spent years going out of its strategy to paint journalists as “the enemy of the people”. Today, nevertheless, when a small however vocal subsection of “the people” descended on the Capitol, the identical journalists that Trump vilified have been on the bottom to doc the day’s horrors and proceed to carry energy to account. 

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