Order turned to chaos on January 6, 2021 at the Capitol in Washington. As lawmakers from the newly sworn-in 117th Congress began counting the Electoral College votes to elect a new president, a mob of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol. What followed were hours of chaos, clashes and confinement, what they leave a balance of five deaths. Below is a reconstruction of the events that occurred on that historic day that shook the capital of the United States.
1:10 pm Washington time (same time as Miami)
At the end of the rally, Trump calls on his supporters to “walk down Pennsylvania Avenue toward the Capitol.”
As Congress begins the process of making President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the Electoral College official, President Donald Trump encourages his supporters to protest in front of the United States Capitol. Despite having promised that he would join them, Trump retired to the White House on his pickup truck and watched on television as the violence unfolded at the Capitol.
“We’re going to walk to the Capitol. And we’re going to cheer on our brave senators and congressmen. And we’re probably not going to cheer some of them that much, because we will never take our country back with weakness, you have to show strength and you have to be strong.” he said at his rally in the park of the Ellipse, in front of the White House.
In concluding, Trump reaffirmed that he would join his supporters in the march to the Capitol. “We will walk down Pennsylvania Avenue toward the Capitol,” he said.
Shortly after 1 p.m. ET
Pro-Trump agitators break down the barriers at the Capitol
Shortly after 1 p.m. ET, hundreds of Trump supporters push past barriers set up along the perimeter of the Capitol, whereupon they confront police officers in full riot gear, some calling for los agents “traitors” for doing their job.
Shortly after 1:30 p.m. ET
Capitol Police alert staff about suspicious package and evacuation begins
US Capitol Police order staff to evacuate the Cannon Building and the James Madison Memorial Building, which is part of the Library of Congress, due to police activity, multiple sources told Trends Wide.
Capitol Police send out an alert to staff about a suspicious package. Law enforcement later confirmed to Trends Wide that homemade bombs were found at the Democratic National Committee and Republican National Committee headquarters, and on Capitol grounds. All the devices were safely detonated by police, the source said.
Shortly after 2 pm ET
The Capitol is closed
The US Capitol is now on lockdown.
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) January 6, 2021
2:24 pm ET
Trump blasts Mike Pence as rioters storm Capitol Hill
Trump blasts his vice president on Twitter, as rioters storm the Capitol and before Pence could be safely evacuated. Some of the pro-Trump agitators are heard yelling “Where’s Mike? Pence?” and chanting “Hang Mike Pence,” upset that he is fulfilling his constitutional duty to certify the election results.
In a tweet no longer available because Twitter suspended his account, Trump writes:
“Mike Pence did not have the courage to do what he should have done to protect our country and our Constitution by giving states the opportunity to certify a corrected set of facts, not the fraudulent or inaccurate ones they were previously asked to certify. America demands the truth.”
Around 2:30 p.m. ET
Pro-Trump agitators smash Capitol Hill windows
Shortly before 2:30 p.m., Capitol Police call for additional help from law enforcement.
Rioters scaled the outer walls of the Capitol, clashing with police and pushing past the barriers outside the building. The mob managed to get into the building after assaulting the police, with some breaking windows to gain entry.
Around 2:30 p.m. ET
Pro-Trump protesters storm the Capitol
After entering the Capitol, the agitators begin to walk the halls of Congress. Many wore red caps emblazoned with MAGA (Make America Great, Trump’s campaign slogan) as they took photos in the Statuary Hall, just off the House floor.
“I’ve never been in this Chamber, have you?” a woman yelled at the crowd. “That’s right, it belongs to us. You belong to us.”
2:30 pm ET
Capitol Police order evacuation of legislators
Vice President Mike Pence is evacuated from the Senate, along with Republican Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa. As Senate president pro tempore, Grassley is third in line for the presidential succession, behind Pence and the Speaker of the House of Representatives. , Nancy Pelosi.
Police also began evacuating other legislators and staff present for the certification of Electoral College votes. On the way out, staff grabbed boxes of Electoral College ballots for safety.
Shortly after 2:45 p.m. ET
Trump supporters enter the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
After entering the Capitol, some Trump supporters manage to enter Pelosi’s office. One poses for a photo and leaves a message on his desk saying “WE WILL NOT BACK DOWN.”
Trends Wide has blurred parts of the second image to protect individuals’ personal information.
Shortly after 2:45 p.m. ET
The agitators invade the premises and the Senate platform
As chaos descends on the Capitol, the rioters enter the Senate compound, with several posing for photos behind the dais.
2:48 pm ET
Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser announces citywide curfew
In response to the escalating situation at the Capitol, Bowser announces a Washington-wide curfew from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. the next day.
3:13 pm ET
Trump asks rioters to ‘remain peaceful’
in his second tweet about the riots, Trump calls on his supporters, who protested on his behalf and whom he had encouraged to march on Capitol Hill, to “remain peaceful” and “respect the Law.” He refrains from telling them to go home.
3:15 pm ET
Ivanka Trump calls rioters ‘American patriots’ in tweet
While retweeting her father, Ivanka Trump refers to the rioters as “American patriots.” She then deleted the tweet.
Ivanka Trump: Patriotic Americans: Any breach of security or disrespect for our law enforcement is unacceptable.
The violence must stop immediately. Please be at peace.
Donald Trump: Let’s support the Police and law enforcement of the Capitol. They really are on the side of our country. Stay peaceful!
3:21 pm ET
They report the death of a woman by a shot at the Capitol
A female Air Force veteran involved in the riots is reported to be in critical condition after being shot in the chest on Capitol grounds. She is taken to the hospital, but later dies from her injuries. Other three togitadores die from medical emergencies according to Washington Police Chief Robert Contee. Shortly after, the Capitol Police confirm that officer Brian Sicknick suffered injuries when confronting the agitators. Later dies from those wounds y honor your service in the Rotunda of the Capitol.
Around 3:25 p.m. ET
They remove the agitators from the Senate compound
More than an hour after the rioters stormed the Capitol, Police manage to clear the Senate compound. The agitators are removed from the Senate wing of the building and moved towards the Rotunda.
3:36 pm ET
Trump finally sends in the National Guard
Several hours after rioters stormed the Capitol, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany tweets that Trump has sent the National Guard to Washington, along with “other federal protective services.”
Trump initially resisted doing so on January 6, 2021, when his supporters stormed the building, a source told Trends Wide. Trump had deployed more than 17,000 National Guard members in at least 23 states and the city of Washington last summer, in response to protests demanding justice for George Floyd.
Earlier, Pence had spoken on the phone with the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Mark Milleyaccording to another source, and had encouraged a much faster deployment of the National Guard to the Capitol to help quell rioters who were breaking through security barriers and overwhelming the Capitol Police.
Around 3:44 p.m. ET
Multiple police officers injured
multiple agents resultn injured in the violent insurrectionwith at least one transported to a hospital.
4:15 pm ET
Biden says US democracy is under “unprecedented assault” and calls on Trump to “step up
In his speech in Delaware, Biden asks Trump to appear on television to “demand an end to this siege.”
“Right now, our democracy is under an unprecedented assault, unlike anything we’ve seen in modern times, an assault on a citadel of freedom: the Capitol itself,” Biden said.
“This is not dissent, this is disorder. This is chaos. It borders on sedition, and it must end now. I call on this mob to stand down and allow the work of democracy to go forward.”
4:17 pm ET
Trump was tweeting a video
In a short video in which he repeats a series of false claims about the election, the president tells the agitators: “You have to go home now. We have to have peace. We have to have law and order.” Twitter has since removed the tweet for “repeated and serious violations of our Civic Integrity Policy”according to the social network.
Twitter said it had blocked Trump’s account for 12 hours, warning for the first time that it could suspend him permanently.
6:27 pm ET
Congressional leaders announce they will proceed with the recount
After the police evacuated the Capitol and the 6 p.m. curfew began, Pelosi issues a statement saying that Congress intends to meet again that night to finish affirming Biden’s choice.
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