4 months ago

Pro-Trump protesters remain out after DC curfew

Dozens of pro-Trump protesters remain on the streets of the nation’s capital in defiance of the curfew imposed after rioters stormed the Capitol.

The mostly maskless crowd was forcibly removed from the Capitol on Wednesday after breaking into the building and halting the constitutional process of voting to certify President-elect Joe Biden’s win. They were pushed out of the immediate area and moved down the hill, where they taunted law enforcement and moved barricades.

Police said anyone found on the streets after the 6 p.m. curfew would be arrested. Officers in full riot gear with shields lined the streets near the U.S. Capitol.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said their debate on affirming Biden’s victory would continue after the Capitol was secured.

The Associated Press

4 months ago

Photos: Scenes from the Capitol during the breach

When a pro-Trump mob breached the U.S. Capitol building, photographers captured scenes of people forcing their way into the building, as well as walking around slowly and taking pictures.

Some of the violent protesters got inside the U.S. Senate chamber and took a seat at the presiding officer’s chair, where Vice President Mike Pence was sitting earlier this afternoon as the Senate debated Arizona’s Electoral College votes.

A member of a pro-Trump mob sits in the Senate Chamber on Jan. 06, 2021. Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images

4 months ago

Romney blames Trump for ‘insurrection’

Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, condemned the storming of the U.S. Capitol today, which he said was incited by President Donald Trump.

The senator released a statement in which he urged his colleagues to unanimously affirm the election results, and blamed Trump for “deliberately” misinforming his supporters for the past two months.

“Those who choose to continue to support his dangerous gambit by objecting to the results of a legitimate, democratic election will forever be seen as being complicit in an unprecedented attack against our democracy. They will be remembered for their role in this shameful episode in American history,” Romney said.

4 months ago

Association of Flight Attendants president says violent protesters should be banned from flying

The head of the nation’s largest union of flight attendants says people who took part in the violent protest at the Capitol must be banned from flying.

Sara Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants, said in a statement Wednesday that “some of the people who traveled in our planes (Tuesday) participated in the insurrection at the Capitol today.”

She says, “Their violent and seditious actions at the Capitol today create further concern about their departure from the DC area. Acts against our democracy, our government and the freedom we claim as Americans must disqualify these individuals from the freedom of flight.”

Nelson and the union endorsed President-elect Joe Biden over President Donald Trump before the November election.

Trump supporters on a Delta Air Lines flight from Salt Lake City to Washington heckled Utah Sen. Mitt Romney, the lone Republican senator to vote to oust Trump after he was impeached. On an American Airlines flight from Dallas, a large contingent of Trump supporters got in an angry yelling match with other passengers after one of the president’s supporters projected “Trump 2020” on the cabin ceiling and walls.

-The Associated Press

4 months ago

George W. Bush: ‘Our country is more important than the politics of the moment’

Former President George W. Bush says he and his wife, Laura, are sickened and heartbroken over the “mayhem” in Washington and have watched in “disbelief and dismay” as events unfolded.

Bush said the “assault” on the Capitol on Wednesday and the disruption of a constitutionally mandated meeting to affirm Democrat Joe Biden’s victory was “undertaken by people whose passions have been inflamed by falsehoods and false hopes.”

The Republican said in a statement that he is “appalled” by what he described as “reckless” behavior by some political leaders since the election and the lack of respect for U.S. institutions, traditions and law enforcement.

Bush addressed those who are disappointed by the election result, saying, “Our country is more important than the politics of the moment.”

Dozens of supporters of President Donald Trump breached the security perimeter and entered the Capitol as Congress was meeting. They fought with officers both inside the building and outside.

-The Associated Press

4 months ago

Woman shot inside U.S. Capitol has died, according to officials

A woman who was shot inside the U.S. Capitol during the violent pro-Trump protest has died.

That’s according to two officials familiar with the matter who spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to speak publicly.

The Metropolitan Police Department said it was taking the lead on the shooting investigation. Police did not immediately provide details about the circumstances of the shooting.

Dozens of supporters of President Donald Trump breached the security perimeter and entered the Capitol as Congress was meeting, expected to vote and affirm Joe Biden’s presidential win. They were seen fighting with officers both inside the building and outside.

Hours later, police had declared the Capitol was secured.

-The Associated Press

4 months ago

How Trump is responding to violent mobs at the U.S. Capitol

PBS NewsHour’s White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor described President Donald Trump’s response to his supporters breaching the U.S. Capitol in a violent mob on Wednesday as “him trying to urge calm while also continuing to double down on the false information that got us to this moment.”

“What you see in the president here in this moment … is a president that is continuing to be consumed with the issue of staying in power, continuing to be consumed with his own political failings,” Alcindor told NewsHour’s Anchor and Managing Editor Judy Woodruff.

When thousands of Trump supporters gathered outside the Capitol building, some used force against law enforcement to push inside and stormed the halls to interrupt a routine but necessary process to count electoral votes cast for President-elect Joe Biden in the 2020 election.

4 months ago

Officials declare Capitol ‘secure’ after nearly four-hour occupation

Officials have declared the U.S. Capitol complex “secure” after heavily armed police moved to end a nearly four-hour violent occupation by supporters of President Donald Trump.

An announcement saying “the Capitol is secure” rang out Wednesday evening inside a secure location for officials of the House. Lawmakers applauded.

The occupation interrupted Congress’ Electoral College count that will formalize President-elect Joe Biden’s upcoming inauguration on Jan. 20.

Lawmakers were evacuated to secure locations around the Capitol complex and Washington, D.C. after thousands of Trump supporters breached the building and skirmished with police officers.

Lawmakers have signaled that they would resume the constitutionally mandated count as soon as it was safe to do so.

-The Associated Press

4 months ago

‘There will be law and order and this behavior will not be tolerated,’ D.C. mayor says

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser ordered a curfew of 6 p.m. ET in the nation’s capital, saying of the violent mobs that overtook the U.S. Capitol Building, “there will be law and order and this behavior will not be tolerated.”

Police Chief Robert Contee announced at a news conference that they’re treating the scene as a riot. Police have arrested 13 inside the Capitol, and several people were taken to the hospital, including one person who was shot.

Bowser added that extremists deployed “chemical irritants” on police officers to gain entry into the building.

Authorities from neighboring states, including New Jersey, Virginia, and Maryland, are being deployed to assist city law enforcement.

Bowser called the behavior “shameful, unpatriotic and above all … unlawful.”

4 months ago

GOP Sen. Sasse blames Trump for Capitol storming

The Nebraska lawmaker and frequent critic of Trump said Wednesday evening that the Capitol “was ransacked while the leader of the free world cowered behind his keyboard — tweeting against his Vice President for fulfilling the duties of his oath to the Constitution.”

Sasse says in a written statement, “Lies have consequences. This violence was the inevitable and ugly outcome of the president’s addiction to constantly stoking division.”