A woman was shot and killed inside the Capitol Building on Wednesday and thousands of dollars worth of government property was destroyed as hundreds of MAGA protesters were allowed to breach security checkpoints by a lackadaisical Capitol Police force.
Egged on by Donald Trump, the protesters shared videos and selfies with police as they roamed the Senate and House floors and private offices of elected officials, who were sheltering in place in an undisclosed location or hiding under their desks during the siege.
Trump tweeted throughout the day, releasing a video where he called the election “stolen” but told the crowds to “be peaceful” and “go home”. Later, he appropriated blaming language to suggest that this could have all been avoided if the entire American voting system had just been bent to his will as he demanded. But Twitter has been putting disclaimers on Trump’s tweets for months, but the latest violation of their rules has users calling for him to be banned from the platform as they also call for his removal from office.
U.S. Capitol Police put the Capitol into lockdown, barring any entry or exit as protestors forced their way into Congress, interrupting a joint session to count the 2020 electoral votes. Follow WSJ's live coverage: https://t.co/2RNJoGiyrn
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Despite today’s events, Joe Biden’s Electoral College votes will be certified and he will be inaugurated on January 20.