Supporters of President Trump have stormed the Capitol building as lawmakers counted the votes from November 3 presidential election.
According to CNN, one woman has been shot.
According to a 2:12 pm tweet from NBC news reporter Frank Thorp, the mob is currently on the floor of the Senate. Congressmen and women are hiding behind furniture as they shelter in place. There was a request made for the deployment of the National Guard and as of 3:37 pm EST, it has been approved.
“I just talked to the [Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff] Mark Milley,” U.S. rep Elissa Slotkin wrote on Twitter. “They are already in coordination with DC law enforcement in order to restore order. Army Secretary McCarthy confirmed the same to House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith.”
This come just as it is being confirmed that Democratic candidates Reverend Raphael Warnock, who will be Georgia’s first Black Senator, and Jon Ossoff, are the projected winners of their respective races in the runoff elections held in Georgia. This was an important win for Democrats, as the Senate will now be split 50-50 between Republicans and Democrats. Madam vice president-elect Harris will serve as the tie-breaker, giving the Democrats the lead.
Additionally, Republican Senator Mitch McConnell will step down as the majority leader of the Senate.
As city officials prepare for the continued violence and riots, Washington D.C. has announced a curfew from 6 pm to 6 am.
President Trump has spoken about the storming via Twitter. “I am asking for everyone at the U.S. Capitol to remain peaceful. No violence! Remember, WE [a presumed reference to Republicans] are the Party of Law & Order.” He then added, “[R]espect the Law and our great men and women in Blue. Thank you!”
This story will be updated as new details emerge.