Yahoo News:– A violent, armed mob of Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol Building, entering the House chamber and forcing legislators and staff to take shelter, an hour after President Trump exhorted a Washington rally to protest the Congressional certification of the Electoral College vote, a process that would seal President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.
The unprecedented, violent protest brought a halt to the debate on the futile attempt by some Republican lawmakers to decertify the results from a number of states.
Multiple shots were reported fired and at least one injury was reported.
Vice President Mike Pence, who was presiding over the proceedings in the Senate, was taken to a secure location out of fears for his safety.
The protesters, many of whom were armed and had not passed through a metal detector, broke through a police barricade and entered the Statuary Hall in the Capitol.
Trump had urged his followers to travel to Washington to attend the rally, and he addressed them at a rally at the Washington Ellipse shortly before Congress began the electoral vote count.
“We’re going to walk down and I’ll be there with you,” Trump said, adding, “We’re going to walk down to the Capitol and we’re going to cheer on our brave Senators and Congressmen and women, and we’re probably not going to be cheering so much some of them.”
Instead, Trump returned to the White House while many in the crowd did just as he asked and began laying siege to the Capitol Building.
Several buildings were evacuated as protesters clashed with police.
As the chaos unfolded, instead of issuing a call for calm and urging his supporters to cooperate with Capitol Police, Trump incited protests against Vice President Mike Pence
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell gave a fiery rebuke Wednesday afternoon to his colleagues objecting to the certification of the Electoral College’s votes of certain states in the 2020 presidential election, which have declared President-elect Joe Biden the victor.
Speaking from the Senate floor, the Kentucky Republican said he has served in the Senate for 36 years and said “this will be the most important vote I’ve ever cast.”
“Nothing before us proves illegality near the massive scale that would have tipped the entire election,” McConnell said.
“The Constitution gives us here in Congress a limited role. We cannot simply declare ourselves a national board of elections on steroids.”
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