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.
I'm preparing to return to the House floor to resume fulfilling our Constitutional duty to certify the presidential election. We won't let domestic terrorists stop us from doing our job.— Suzanne Bonamici (@RepBonamici) January 7, 2021
Trump has encouraged these rioters. It is time for him to resign or be removed from office pic.twitter.com/kw78MY6JEg
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!
Spoke w/ Rep. Clifford Bentz, Oregon's lone Republican in Congress, about Capitol breach.
“I would not describe today as ‘coup.’ I would call it a protest gone really wrong, really bad," he said. "As far as judging the president, I don’t see how that’s very productive right now"
— Shane D. Kavanaugh (@shanedkavanaugh) January 6, 2021
Facebook, Youtube, and Twitter have now all removed videos (and a tweet) from Trump that essentially encouraged the violence. What a sight to behold:
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:
These fuckers will stop at nothing to
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.
.@RepJayapal just now on impeaching Trump again: "Look, if I had my way we would impeach him again right now. But that makes no sense. It won’t happen with the Republicans... so I think we will have to find ways—and we are working on that—to hold him accountable."
— Rich Smith (@richsssmith) January 6, 2021
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:
The Venezuelan government puts out a statement expressing concern about violence in DC and condemning political polarization, and says it hopes for stability for the American people. https://t.co/HJe7uBUa1s
— Rachel Glickhouse (@Riogringa) January 6, 2021
And finally: The Dow is loving this insurrection, so I guess it was all worth it in the end.
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.
BREAKING. Mob of Trump supporters swarm the media near the US Capitol. They yell what Trump frequently says, “the media is the enemy of the people.” They destroy equipment and chased out reporters. I’ve never seen anything like this in my 20 year career: @nbcwashington @MSNBC pic.twitter.com/3VLC07JQR2
— Shomari Stone (@shomaristone) January 6, 2021
Capitol historian tells CNN that today is the first time the Capitol has been breached since the War of 1812
— John Kruzel (@johnkruzel) January 6, 2021
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."
On her third day in office, Rep. Cori Bush is exhibiting the energy this country needs right now:
I believe the Republican members of Congress who have incited this domestic terror attack through their attempts to overturn the election must face consequences. They have broken their sacred Oath of Office.
I will be introducing a resolution calling for their expulsion. pic.twitter.com/JMTlQ4IfnR
— Congresswoman Cori Bush (@RepCori) January 6, 2021
I am drawing up Articles of Impeachment.
Donald J. Trump should be impeached by the House of Representatives & removed from office by the United States Senate.
We can’t allow him to remain in office, it’s a matter of preserving our Republic and we need to fulfill our oath.
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) January 6, 2021
Meanwhile, Sen. Ted Cruz is using this attempted overthrow of the government as an opportunity to fundraise.
The Capitol building is under lockdown, evacuations underway, guns drawn in the House chamber.
Sen. Ted Cruz just sent a fundraising email/text.
“I’m leading the fight to reject electors from key states...” it reads, in part. pic.twitter.com/mFRz0py8m6
— Elena Schneider (@ec_schneider) January 6, 2021
And across the nation:
At state capitols:
• In Atlanta, officers escort Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.
• In Santa Fe, lawmakers evacuated.
• In Denver, city buildings closed.
• In Salem, an effigy burns.
• In Phoenix, a guillotine.https://t.co/PgBHEVXlmR
— Mike Baker (@ByMikeBaker) January 6, 2021
Back at the US Capitol:
DC police chief says several police officers have been injured but they are "still in the fight" to secure the Capitol.
— Brad Heath (@bradheath) January 6, 2021
In what would otherwise be the biggest news of the day:
Today in "you're not helping, you gigantic turd":
“We love you.” Trump just said this to the terrorists.
— Michael Kennedy (@MichaelKenKen) January 6, 2021
Exactly, @KirkSiegler. Malheur was just the beginning. It taught extremists what they can get away with. This is Ryan Bundy inside the wildlife refuge office in 2016 (credit: John Sepulvado). We saw the same kind of images today. https://t.co/vJU1XRwaTJ pic.twitter.com/UwJ28zttbb
— Jodi Peterson (@Peterson_Jodi) January 6, 2021
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.
I am currently sheltering in place and safe.
— Suzanne Bonamici (@RepBonamici) January 6, 2021
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."
.@MittRomney summoned me as lawmakers and press arrived at a secure location
“This is what the president has caused today, this insurrection,” he said w fury in his voice.
— Jonathan Martin (@jmartNYT) January 6, 2021
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.
The people storming the U.S. Capitol building right now are domestic terrorists emboldened by Trump and every Republican who has spread lies about the results of the presidential election.
This has to stop.
— Earl Blumenauer (@repblumenauer) January 6, 2021
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:
Police have asked us to get gas masks out as there has been tear gas used in the rotunda.
— Jim Himes (@jahimes) January 6, 2021
Washington's police chief just said this is "as close to a coup attempt that this country has ever seen."