WASHINTON, DC. (WWBT) - Images continue to be shared of the chaos that ensued at the nation’s Capitol Wednesday.
What started as thousands at a rally in support of President Donald Trump and against the Electoral College certification in Washington, turned into people storming into the Capitol, scaling walls and breaking windows.
As lawmakers and journalists sheltered in place in the gallery, police secured the door of the chamber with guns drawn.
Trump released a video on Twitter telling rioters to “go home and go home in peace.”
”This was a fraudulent election. But we can’t play into the hands of these people. We have to have peace. So go home. We love you. You’re very special. You’ve seen what happens. You see the way others are treated that are so bad and so evil. I know how you feel. But go home, and go home in peace,” said Trump.
Virginia Senator Tim Kaine and other Virginia lawmakers, confirming they were safe Wednesday and sounded off against the violence, Kaine calling it “an anti-American, anti-democratic assault on our nation.”
DC’s chief of police condemned the actions, and a curfew of 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. was put in place by Mayor Muriel Bowser.
“Today’s events were representation of peaceful protest. Today, what we witnessed was unlawful, riotous behavior. And people who come to our city and engage in unlawful behavior will be held accountable,” said Chief Robert Contee.
By nightfall, lawmakers resumed counting electoral college votes.
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