The Insurrection – A National Crisis
Congress Jan. 6 2020 / The U.S. 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.
A few blocks away – “You’ll never take back our country with weakness,” Trump proclaimed. “Demand that Congress do the right thing… fight like hell.”
“We will never give up. We will never concede,” Trump told the attendees outside the White House, who cheered him on. “We will stop the steal!”
“Now it is up to Congress to confront this egregious assault on our democracy. And after this, we’re going to walk down and I’ll be there with you. We’re going to walk down–
We’re going to walk down. Anyone you want, but I think right here, 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 for some of them.
Because you’ll never take back our country with weakness. You have to show strength and you have to be strong.
We have come to demand that Congress do the right thing and only count the electors who have been lawfully slated.” Donald Trump
Shortly after 1 p.m. the Acting Secretary of Defense received reports that demonstrators were moving to the Capitol.
At 1:26 the DOD timeline shows Capitol Police ordered an evacuation of the Capitol.
Protesters pressed past police and broke into the U.S. Capitol as Congress met in a joint session on Jan. 6 to count each state’s electoral votes and confirm President-elect Joe Biden as the winner.
Many Americans and others around the world were watching live, as Donald Trump supporters rush the US Capitol in Washington, wreaking fear and chaos with seemingly futile resistance from police on Capitol Hill.
The Take Over Begins
The first strike- Live footage U.S. Capitol, where protesters broke down barricades and charged the steps and clashing with police.
Meanwhile, on the north and west sides near the Senate chamber, anarchists were using ropes to scale walls, objects to break windows and brute force to bust open doors to get into the Capitol.
The events inside the building quickly unfolded on social media as tweets poured out from concerned members of Congress and images of the insurgents inside the Capitol.
A supporter of US President Donald Trump sends one of the first pictures out. It’s from inside the office of US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.
It was clear, insurgents had breeched security and entered the Capitol.
Then the mob continued their rampage through Statuary Hall towards the House chamber where members of Congress were huddled behind seats and under desks.
Shots are fired inside the Capitol chamber. A woman was fatally shot by U.S. Capitol Police. She was later identified as 35-year-old Ashli Babbitt, a 12-year veteran of the U.S Air Force.
5 Deaths occur after President Trump’s supporters stormed the US Capitol.
A US Capitol police officer is confirmed dead. Capitol Police released a statement saying Officer Brian D. Sicknick passed away Thursday night “due to injuries sustained while on-duty.”
Officer Sicknick was injured while physically engaging with the rioters and collapsed after returning to his division office. “He was taken to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries,” the Capitol Police statement said.
Four other people died during the attack. One woman was fatally shot by police. Authorities identified her as Ashli Babbitt, a 35-year-old from Huntington, Maryland.