Hundreds of Trump supporters swarmed the Capitol, forcing the Senate and Vice President Mike Pence to evacuate.
According to The Washington Post, Thousands of President Trump’s supporters are in Washington for rallies Wednesday to falsely assert that the presidential election was stolen from him. The demonstrations turned violent as many in attendance saw them as a last stand for Trump on the same day that Congress votes to certify that President-elect Joe Biden won the election.
The protestors have come from California, Florida, the Midwest, and deep South.
They came to answer the call of a lame-duck president who is still refusing to recognize he was beaten by Biden. Trump asked his followers to come to Washington to fight the result on the day Congress formally recognizes the results and declares Biden the winner – normally a Pro-forma exercise, made historic this time, with a dozen or so Republican Senators vowing to vote against the Biden win.
Washington police and national guard troops were arrayed throughout the blocked off and mostly empty streets around the White House and National Mall, with shops and offices, boarded up, braced for worse to some. As of Wednesday morning, there had been 12 arrests at the rallies that started on Tuesday, according to the DC police department. The charges included carrying a pistol and a rifle without a license, assault on a police officer, and unregistered ammunition and firearms.
According to CNN, a woman is in critical condition after being shot in the chest on the Capitol grounds, according to two sources familiar with the matter. The sources could not provide further details on the circumstances of the shooting. Multiple officers have been injured with at least one transported to the hospital, multiple sources tell CNN.