4 dead after Trump supporters storm U.S. Capitol, staging electoral coup [Update]
At least four persons have been certified dead after a violent mob of hundreds of President Donald Trump’s supporters breached the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.
Also, over fifty persons have been arrested following the security breach.
The protesters forced lockdowns as Congress was convening a joint session to count the certified 2020 Electoral College votes affirming Joe Biden’s victory.
A woman who was shot during the mayhem later died.
Three people were later killed in what political pundits called “domestic terrorism” and “electoral coup” instigated by a president of the United States
Yahoo News provided complete live coverage with updates and instant analysis in the blog below.
- Violence and chaos quickly unfolded in Washington, D.C., Wednesday as hundreds of President Trump’s supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol, forcing lockdowns as Congress was convening a joint session to count the certified Electoral College votes affirming Joe Biden’s election victory.
- Some breached hallways, offices and even the Senate chamber, forcing evacuations. Others broke windows to get inside.
- Capitol police were seen with guns drawn inside in an armed standoff near the door to the House floor.
- A woman who appeared to have been shot was taken away from the scene by first responders. According to multiple reports, she later died.
- Mayor Muriel Bowser ordered a 6 p.m. ET citywide curfew, and the D.C. National Guard was activated.
- Members of Congress vowed to continue the joint session once the Capitol was cleared.
- Trump, who had spoken at a rally earlier in the day urging demonstrators to surround the Capitol, was reportedly watching the mayhem unfold from the White House dining room.
- Vice President Mike Pence, who was presiding over the vote count, called on those who illegally entered the Capitol Building to leave immediately.
- President-elect Biden called on Trump to “step up” and condemn his supporters who breached the Capitol.
- Trump released a video telling demonstrators to “go home,” but repeated his false claims that the election was “stolen from us.”
- The Associated Press projected that Jon Ossoff will win his runoff in Georgia, beating incumbent GOP Sen. David Perdue and giving Democrats control of the U.S. Senate.
[Source: Yahoo News]