Dianne Lugo, Staff
The Capitol building has been placed on lockdown and reporters, staffers, senators and members of the House have barricaded themselves inside their chambers after Pro-Trump protestors successfully stormed and entered the capitol and successfully delayed the vote to certify Joe Biden’s presidential win.
Photos showed Trump supporters in the Senate chamber after Congress members were evacuated. Another photo showed an armed standoff between law enforcement officers and Trump supporters as they attempted to breach the House Chamber.
At a rally earlier in the day President Donald Trump encouraged his supporters to march and protest the formal approval of Biden’s win. “We will never concede,” he told them. Now, lawmakers are pressuring Trump to condemn his supporters and call them off.
Trump initially tweeted a message against Vice President Mike Pence, who earlier in the day wrote a letter to Trump rejecting his call to overturn the election.
“Mike Pence didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and our Constitution,” Trump tweeted.
“Mr. President @realDonaldTrump the men & women of law enforcement are under assault. It is crucial you help restore order by sending resources to assist the police and ask those doing this to stand down,” tweeted Senator Marco Rubio.
“I am safe in a secure location,” Congresswoman Karen Bass tweeted out as the situation unfolded. “The President of the United States is inciting a coup. We will not be intimidated. We will not be deterred.”
“I am in the US Capitol. I am safe and will not fear or leave because of this unwarranted and shameless violence,” stated Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee. “These actions are not serving well at all our precious Democracy, America. We will stay on the floor until every vote is counted and President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris are again confirmed as President and Vice President of the United States of America.”
At least one woman was shot on the Capitol grounds. MSNBC showed images of the woman being stretchered from Capitol grounds and they report that she is in critical condition after a shot to the chest.
“The 25th Amendment needs to be enacted immediately,” said Omarosa Manigault-Newman. “Donald Trump has utilized the most powerful platform in this country to incite violence and to divide our nation, and for the next 15 days we will see him continue to undermine our democracy with reckless behavior all to have his way.”
Washington D.C Mayor Muriel Bowser placed a curfew in response which will take effect at 6 p.m. Eastern in response. On Monday, Bowser had warned residents about Trump supporters making their way to the city.
“I am asking Washingtonians and those who live in the region to stay out of the downtown area on Tuesday and Wednesday and not to engage with demonstrators who come to our city seeking confrontation, and we will do what we must to ensure all who attend remain peaceful,” she said. The situation unfortunately quickly turned into chaos.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi asked for the National Guard to be deployed to clear and secure the capitol. Governor of Virginia Ralph Northam confirmed that he was sending members of the Virginia National Guard and 200 state troopers to D.C.
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany tweeted that Trump also directed the National guard and other federal protective services to assist. The acting Secretary of Defense Chris Miller, however, has stated it was Vice President Pence he spoke to, not Trump, about the deployment of the National Guard.
Trump has not made any other statement.
This is a developing story that may be updated with any additional information.