Police try to defend US capitol from Trump supporters who have breached the building.
Police try to defend US capitol from Trump supporters who have breached the building. Drew Angerer / Getty Images

The US Capitol was placed on lockdown today after Trump supporters broke through police barricades and stormed the building—an action that was encouraged yesterday by Trump himself. Congress, who were meeting to certify the electoral college votes, were whisked away to safety as reports began coming in that shots were fired inside the building, and people were injured. Stay tuned for the latest updates.

A BRIEF UPDATE FROM REP. SUZANNE BONAMICI: 4:30 PM

CHAOS TURNS TRAGIC; CONGRESS RECONVENES TONIGHT: 4 PM

The Washington Post is reporting that one woman who was shot at the Capitol earlier today is now dead. The woman's identity has not yet been released, and it's unclear what the exact circumstances were around her shooting.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi is telling reporters that Congress will reconvene tonight to continue confirming the Electoral College vote, attempted coup be damned. How many Republicans will continue to oppose the results is still TBD.

Here's Sen. Jeff Merkley telling the press about what the day has been like for him.

Meanwhile, Oregon's sole Republican in US Congress is worried about coming off as a Judge Judy in condemning Trump. They can't sink any lower!

Facebook, Youtube, and Twitter have now all removed videos (and a tweet) from Trump that essentially encouraged the violence. What a sight to behold:

Trump has finally been silenced by Big Tech.
Trump has finally been silenced by Big Tech.

Here in the Pacific Northwest, right-wing wannabe freedom fighters are having their own temper tantrums. Here's the view in Washington state:

And in Salem, a violent rally is reportedly starting to wrap-up—here's a parting shot:

ANOTHER DISPATCH FROM A NORMAL COUNTRY: 3 PM

These fuckers will stop at nothing to protect Democracy make sure they're re-elected by their Trump-loving base:

Here are a few other updates.

While some of the most progressive members of Congress are calling for Trump to be impeached (again) for his role in fueling this dumpster fire, others are warning that it might not be politically feasible, especially with only 14 days left in Trump's term.

Per NPR, the Capitol has been now cleared. Lawmakers were reportedly evacuated and brought to Fort McNair, an army base in DC.

Twitter has trotted out a whole new kind of content warning for Trump, preventing a tweet of his from being liked, responded to, or retweeted because it poses "a risk of violence." (You can still quote-tweet it.) No word yet on when Twitter will just delete his fucking account.

Oh, how the turntables:

And finally: The Dow is loving this insurrection, so I guess it was all worth it in the end.

WELCOME BACK TO 1812: 2:30 PM

NBC News is reporting that one person has been shot inside the Capitol by law enforcement and is in critical condition. After an astonishing delay (that will surely need to be explained), the National Guard has been deployed and is en route. More than one improvised explosive devices (such as pipe bombs) have been found on Capitol grounds.

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Meanwhile at the Trump chud rally at Oregon's state capitol, things have been quiet for hours... until it wasn't.

Right-wingers burned an effigy of Gov. Kate Brown, and have been engaging in fights with left-wing protesters. Police have declared it an "unlawful assembly."

ARE THOSE ACTUALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS COUP GOING TO FACE PUNISHMENT?: 2 PM

On her third day in office, Rep. Cori Bush is exhibiting the energy this country needs right now:

And....

Meanwhile, Sen. Ted Cruz is using this attempted overthrow of the government as an opportunity to fundraise.

And across the nation:

Back at the US Capitol:

JON OSSOFF WINS; DEMS GAIN CONTROL OF SENATE (AT LEAST, AFTER THE CHUDS LEAVE): 1:30 PM

In what would otherwise be the biggest news of the day:

Today in "you're not helping, you gigantic turd":


EXPLOSIVE DEVICE FOUND AT RNC HEADQUARTERS: 1 PM


The New York Times is reporting that a pipe bomb was found at the Republican National Committee headquarters and was successfully exploded by the bomb squad. The DNC headquarters has been evacuated in response after a suspicious package was found on the premises.

Next time you see this guy, it'll be in jail. MASKS WORK, dummy.

Meanwhile, President-Elect Biden has issued the following statement:

"I call on Donald Trump to go on television now to fulfill his oath and defend the constitution... [This] is not a protest. It's insurrection. The world is watching, like so many Americans. I am genuinely shocked and sad that our nation... has come to such a dark moment."

TOTAL MAYHEM AT THE CAPITOL
12:15 PM

Police have guns drawn at the Capitol as people break into the House chambers. People in MAGA hats stormed the offices of lawmakers and keep taking photos. The mayor of D.C. issued a 6 p.m. curfew. Someone's on Trump's Twitter account is suddenly asking people to stay peaceful, after encouraging the opposite earlier this morning. Nancy Pelosi requested the National Guard to deal with the insurgency, seeing as the Capitol police failed.

"THEY BREACHED THE CAPITOL"
12 PM

I need 15 monitors to keep up. The House and Senate had hardly split to hear objections regarding baseless claims of voter fraud in Arizona—McConnell did get in a speech where he scolded Republicans and told them that "Democracy would enter a death spiral" if Cruz, Hawley, and the other freaks got their way—before Democracy entered a death spiral as Trump's terrorists stormed the Capitol.

Both the House and Senate suspended their activities, and now we're here:

Washington's police chief just said this is "as close to a coup attempt that this country has ever seen."