Washington: Reporter hits out at 'spectator' Donald Trump
Washington DC, America’s capital city, has seen violent riots explode between police officers and Donald Trump’s supporters. Protesters managed to get inside the Capitol Building while lawmakers were still inside this afternoon. People inside the Capitol building were told to wear the gas masks under their seats as protesters stormed the monument. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was forced to call in the National Guard as the police presence was not doing enough to control the demonstrations.
What is going on in Washington DC?
Chaos erupted in the US’s capital city as supporters of President Donald Trump swarmed the Capitol in their masses.
Vice President Mike Pence was swept to a secure location while the Senate was evacuated of its members.
One person has been shot and taken to hospital, with the woman understood to have been shot in the chest after an altercation with police officers on the scene.
The Pentagon has confirmed the Washington DC National Guard has been mobilised to support local law enforcement.
We will use your email address only for sending you newsletters. Please see our Privacy Notice for details of your data protection rights.
Tensions had been bubbling all day before they reached boiling point when the rioters stormed the building.
Thousands of protesters had gathered in Washington’s National Mall earlier to contest the result of November’s Presidential Election.
At a rally for the sitting President about one hour before things got bad, Mr Trump urged his supporters to go inside the building.
Addressing the masses, he said: “We’re going to try and give our Republicans… the kind of pride and boldness they need to take our country back.”
The President also claimed “this year they rigged the election, they rigged it like they never did before”, before extraordinarily adding “we will never concede, we will stop the steal”.
Mr Trump has unsuccessfully tried to overturn the election results in six battlegrounds via claims of voter fraud, but has since suffered dozens of failed lawsuits.
The President has never been able to produce evidence to support his false allegations of fraud in the country’s voting system.
Mr Trump even turned on his own Vice President, accusing him of lacking courage after Mr Pence said he would not intervene in the election result.
‘You’re a LIAR!’ Shocking moment reporter accosted by Trump fans [INSIGHT]
Donald Trump mob is now the REAL ENEMY of the United States COMMENT [COMMENT]
World War 3: China hits back at ‘DELUSIONAL’ US over nuclear claims [REPORT]
In a tweet, President Trump wrote: “Mike Pence didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and our Constitution, giving States a chance to certify a corrected set of facts, not the fraudulent or inaccurate ones which they were asked to previously certify. USA demands the truth!”
Washington DC’s Mayor, Muriel Bowser, has ordered a curfew in the city starting at 6pm US time (11pm GMT) and ending at 6am Thursday, January 7, (11am GMT).
Both the House of Representatives and the Senate have been suspended following the unrest.
Congress had been going through the constitutional formality of affirming Joe Biden’s win as the next President of the US.
Despite opposition from certain parts of the Republican Party, namely the state of Arizona trying to contest the result in its home ground, it was expected proceedings would conclude with a peaceful confirmation of the result.
Shortly after posting the criticism of Mr Pence, the outgoing President sent more tweets asking his supporters to follow law enforcement, likely after some pressure from his administration.
Mr Trump tweeted: “Please support our Capitol Police and Law Enforcement. They are truly on the side of our Country. Stay peaceful!”
The President, shortly after, added: “I am asking for everyone at the US Capitol to remain peaceful. No violence! Remember, WE are the Party of Law & Order – respected the Law and our great men and women in Blue. Thank you!”
Source: Read Full Article