Congress continues Electoral College vote after pro-Trump mob forced lockdown (LIVE)
Washington D.C., accustomed to mass protests, is gearing up for especially intense ones over what should be the most mundane of political events: the counting of Electoral College votes during a special joint session of Congress.
At the urging of President Donald Trump, however, die-hard supporters are planning to descend on the nation's capital Jan. 6, to pressure Republican lawmakers into aligning themselves with the doomed effort to overturn Joe Biden's electoral victory.
Knife fights, shouting matches, and verbal harassment of Trump opponents accompanied previous demonstrations following Biden's election win in November. Now federal and local law enforcement are bracing for what may be the most intense Trump protest yet as Congress is poised to formally declare Biden president-elect.
Kelly Loeffler says she cannot "in good conscience" object to the Electoral College vote after the protesters stormed the Capitol building. POSTED ON JANUARY 6, 2021
Breaking news coming in from Washington as police are reporting that protesters have reached the Senate Floor and gunshots have been fired.
Congress was meeting today to certify the Electoral College Votes and when news circulated that Vice President Mike Pence was allowing the count to move forward, protesters started storming the Capitol steps.
Officials have closed down and evacuated two buildings on Capitol Hill.
The protesters tore through four layers of security fencing, and overran federal police, to get through to the floor.
Donald Trump J.R took to twitter to condemn the actions saying, "this is wrong and not who we are, be peaceful" he said, "and use your first amendment rights , but don't start acting like the other side, we have a country to save and this doesn't help anyone."
Shocking scenes at the Capitol Building show some Congressmen with guns drawn and others taking cover as shots rang out.
According to authorities one person was shot in the neck and one in the chest, both have been transported to the hospital, no further information was given.
President Trump took to twitter to call for calm saying "I am asking everyone at the US Capitol to remain peaceful. No violence," he said, "Remember, we are the party of law and order, respect the law and our great men and women in blue."
The President has since released a video calling for peace, and telling protesters to go home.
President trump has called in the national guard, The Defense Department has authorized the mobilization of the entire DC National Guard which is approximately 1800 troops. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has gaveled in a historic joint session of Congress to confirm the Electoral College vote won by Joe Biden. (Jan. 6) The House of Representatives and Senate meet in a joint session to tally the results of the Electoral College ballots for president and vice president in the 2020 election.