UPDATE: US Capitol on lockdown as hundreds of Trump supporters breach barricades, some enter building
UPDATE (Jan. 6, 2:30 p.m.):
Both chambers of Congress went into recess and the U.S. Capitol was reportedly placed on lockdown Wednesday afternoon as Trump supporters reportedly breached security and entered the Capitol Building.
BlazeTV reporter Elijah Schaffer posted video showing a small group of individuals fighting with police inside the building. At one point, some were right outside the Senate chamber as lawmakers convened inside.
BREAKING: revolution in process as Trump supporters break into the Capitol building, attacking police, breaking win… https://t.co/CcnkeGdPUR
— ELIJAH SCHAFFER (@ELIJAH SCHAFFER)1609961297.0
“Full anarchy at this ‘mostly peaceful’ demonstration,” Schaffer wrote. “The people have pushed through & are storming to main chambers.”
Original story below
Hundreds of Trump supporters breached security barricades and stormed up to the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., as both chambers of Congress convened to affirm the Electoral College votes cast in the 2020 election Wednesday afternoon.
Thousands had traveled from out of state to gather in Washington in protest of the election, which President Trump and his allies have maintained was fraudulent.
Things appeared to carry on peacefully earlier in the day, but as the joint session of Congress kicked off in the early afternoon, a large group of individuals appeared to storm through outer barricades surrounding the Capitol building, where lawmakers deliberated inside.
Video posted to Twitter by Washington Post reporter Rebecca Tan showed Trump supporters approaching the rear of the building.
Hundreds of Trump supporters have stormed the barricades at the back of the Capitol and are marching toward the bui… https://t.co/3VEdyaOR4r
— Rebecca Tan (@Rebecca Tan)1609956048.0
Then, BlazeTV reporter Elijah Schaeffer posted video as the group reached the outside of the building and were confronted by police.
“Trump supporters have breached the Capitol building, tearing down 4 layers of security fencing and are attempting to occupy the building — fighting federal police who are overrun,” he tweeted. “This is the craziest thing I’ve ever seen in my life. Thousands, police can’t stop them.”
(Content Warning: Video contains vulgar language)
BREAKING: Trump supporters have breached the Capitol building, tearing down 4 layers of security fencing and are at… https://t.co/ldYHmHplxV
— ELIJAH SCHAFFER (@ELIJAH SCHAFFER)1609956659.0
More video from the scene posted on social media showed a large group of individuals continuing to wrestle with law enforcement outside the U.S. Capitol.
Trump supporters got into fights with the Capitol Police after they tried to enter the Capitol Building. https://t.co/ZQjn3fOVtL
— Julio Rosas (@Julio Rosas)1609959009.0
Politico’s Melanie Zanona reported that the Madison building on Capitol Hill was evacuated as a result of the increasingly hostile protests.
DEVELOPING: The Madison building on Capitol Hill is being evacuated, sources tell me & @sarahnferris
— Melanie Zanona (@Melanie Zanona)1609956961.0
It is unclear at this point whether the storming of the Capitol was a coordinated or impromptu event. Interestingly, a paper notice found in the National Mall indicated that “a national militia” was being organized to “defend the Constitution and the Republic.” However, there is no evidence connecting the movement from the crowd with the notice.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.