Trump supporters storm Capitol Hill in attempted coup

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Protesters walk as U.S. Capitol Police officers watch in a hallway near the Senate chamber at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, near the Ohio Clock. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Hundreds of Trump supporters stormed Capitol Hill today shortly after United States president Donald Trump wrote a barrage of tweets urging the people to halt Congress count of electoral votes that would certify the win of Democrat candidate Joe Biden.

WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 06: Police officers in riot gear confront protesters who are gathering at the U.S. Capitol Building on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC. Pro-Trump protesters entered the U.S. Capitol building after mass demonstrations in the nation’s capital during a joint session Congress to ratify President-elect Joe Biden’s 306-232 Electoral College win over President Donald Trump. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

The mob entered Capitol Hill where the count is being held shortly after Trump, his son and his lawyer, former New York mayor Guilanni called on the people to militate against the on-going certification.

Trump supporters did enter Congress and most reportedly vandalized some historical images inside the hall. As some tried to enter the hall, police drew their guns to prevent the proceedings from stopping. Momentarily, the mob was able to defer the hearings.

A woman was reportedly injured with a neck wound, several bombs discovered in several places within Washington and 1,500 state troopers are deployed to keep the peace. Right now, Washington DC is without electricity and power as National Guards decided to protect sensitive facilities of the city.

WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 06: Protesters gather outside the U.S. Capitol Building on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC. Pro-Trump protesters entered the U.S. Capitol building after mass demonstrations in the nation’s capital during a joint session Congress to ratify President-elect Joe Biden’s 306-232 Electoral College win over President Donald Trump. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

The break-in happened when the House was discussing the possible objection of the Arizona vote. After protesters left, members of the House began voting. As oiif 10:46 PM ET time, at least 219 members voted “nay” while only 93 voted for considering the objection to the Arizona electoral vote.

Many news outlets described the incident as a “coup” urged by the president himself. Some top defense officials immediately resigned, most were aghast at the way Trump acted during the break-in at Capitol Hill.

CNN reported that Stephanie Grisham, the former White House communications director and press secretary and current chief of staff for first lady Melania Trump, submitted her resignation Wednesday afternoon, effective immediately, in the wake of the violent protests, a White House official says.

White House social secretary Anna Cristina “Rickie” Niceta also resigned Wednesday effective immediately, a White House official told CNN.
Grisham and Niceta were among the longest-serving Trump administration officials.

 

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