News to Know for Jan. 7: Pro-Trump mob storms Capitol; Biden win certified; Sunny, seasonable day

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Here’s a look at our top headlines before you head out the door.

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U.S. Capitol Building Stormed

Guns were drawn. A woman was shot and killed by police, and three others died in apparent medical emergencies. A Trump flag hung on the Capitol. The graceful Rotunda reeked of tear gas. Glass shattered.

The pro-Trump mob took over the presiding officer’s chair in the Senate, the offices of the House speaker and the Senate dais, where one yelled, “Trump won that election.”

Supporters of Pres. Trump force their way into the U.S. Capitol Building.
Supporters of Pres. Trump force their way into the U.S. Capitol Building. (Source: CNN)

Police said they recovered two pipe bombs, one outside the Democratic National Committee and one outside the Republican National Committee and a cooler from a vehicle that had a long gun and Molotov cocktail on Capitol grounds.

Authorities eventually regained control as night fell.

Gov. Northam Sends Help To D.C.

Governor Ralph Northam has issued a State of Emergency said he is sending personnel to assist in Washington D.C.

Northam sent members of Virginia’s National Guard and 200 Virginia State Troopers to DC at the request of Mayor Muriel Bowser.

At the request of leaders in Arlington and Alexandria, Northam has issued a curfew for these areas from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. with limited exceptions.

Gates On Capital Square Closed

Virginia Capitol Police said they closed the gates to Capitol Square amid violence in Washington D.C.

The building itself has been closed to the public since the pandemic, so there was no change there.

Virginia Capitol Police said they closed the gates to Capitol Square amid violence in Washington D.C.
Virginia Capitol Police said they closed the gates to Capitol Square amid violence in Washington D.C. (Source: NBC12)

Capitol Police are monitoring what is happening in the nation’s Capitol.

They did not disclose any information on additional units that would be sent.

Trump Tells Supporters To Go Home

President Donald Trump told his supporters on Wednesday to “go home” after they stormed the Capitol in protest of his reelection defeat and he urged them to stay peaceful, but he also praised their mission even after it erupted in violence.

In a video message tweeted as authorities struggled to take control of Capitol Hill, Trump refused to refrain from promoting his baseless allegations of mass voter fraud and said loyalists who had swarmed the seat of American democracy were “very special.”

President Donald Trump posted a video message to his supporters Wednesday after protesters stormed the U.S. Capitol.
President Donald Trump posted a video message to his supporters Wednesday after protesters stormed the U.S. Capitol. (Source: Twitter)

“I know your pain. I know your hurt. But you have to go home now,” he said. “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.”

Congress Certifies Biden Win

Congress reconvened in the evening, lawmakers decrying the protests that defaced the Capitol and vowing to finish confirming the Electoral College vote for Biden’s election, even if it took all night.

Before dawn Thursday, lawmakers completed their work, confirming Biden won the presidential election.

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Vice President Mike Pence, presiding over the joint session, announced the tally, 306-232.

Trump: ‘There Will Be An Orderly Transition’

“Even though I totally disagree with the outcome of the election, and the facts bear me out, nevertheless there will be an orderly transition on January 20th,” Trump said in a statement posted to Twitter by his social media director. His own account had been locked by the company for posting messages that appeared to justify the assault on the seat of the nation’s democracy.

The statement was the first time Trump formally acknowledged his loss after spending the last two weeks refusing to concede and lobbing baseless alleging of widespread voter fraud, even though his own Justice Department, federal courts and state governments have said repeatedly the vote was carried out freely and fairly.

Trump added, “While this represents the end of the greatest first term in presidential history, it’s only the beginning of our fight to Make America Great Again!”

Gov. Northam On Vaccine Rollout

Governor Ralph Northam has appointed Richmond-Henrico Health Director, Dr. Avula, to oversee the state’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout.

Northam made the announcement during a briefing on Wednesday when discussing vaccination efforts in the commonwealth.

Gov. Ralph Northam at a press conference in October.
Gov. Ralph Northam at a press conference in October. (Source: Ned Oliver/Virginia Mercury)

The state announced a vaccination goal of getting the shot into the arms of 14,000 people per day.

The next goal would be 25,000 per day, but that would currently outpace the current supply. However, health officials are hopeful for increased shipments.

Final Thought

You can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will - Stephen King

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