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Pro-Trump protesters swarm the Capitol building on January 6, 2021, in Washington, DC. | Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

Scenes of chaos.

Pro-Trump protesters stormed the United States Capitol on Wednesday, forcing their way inside and interrupting Congress’s certification of electoral votes.

What is happening in the halls of Congress right now is shocking. Trump supporters, driven by a baseless conspiracy theory fomented by the president himself, have stopped the functioning of government and the normal processes of the peaceful transition of power.

Earlier in the day, thousands attended a “Save America Rally,” where the president lied, again, that he, not Joe Biden, had won the 2020 election. He urged attendees to take their protest to Capitol Hill.

Now chaos and confusion have overtaken the halls of Congress. House and Senate members are sheltering in place. Rioters broke into congressional offices, including that of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Secret Service agents whisked Vice President Mike Pence, who was presiding over Congress, out of the chamber. There was an armed standoff on the floor of the House of Representatives.

This story is rapidly developing, and new images and videos continue to emerge. But the moment that Donald Trump spent four years making is here.

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Trump supporters try to tear through a police barrier at the Capitol in Washington. Wednesday afternoon, Congress debated certification of electoral votes in the presidential election, before the protests caused a halt to the proceedings.
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Trump supporters face off with police.
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Police hold back supporters of President Trump as they gather outside the US Capitol’s Rotunda.
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Trump supporters and police face off outside the US Capitol.
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A protester sprayed gas outside the Capitol.
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Protesters attempt to enter the Capitol.
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Protesters inside the Capitol’s Rotunda.
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A protester holds a Trump flag inside the Capitol near the Senate chamber.
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Trump supporters stand inside the US Capitol.
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A Capitol police officer wears a gas mask as supporters of President Trump enter the building.
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Tear gas fills the corridors of the US Capitol.
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A pro-Trump supporter posing for a photo inside the Capitol.
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US Capitol police officers point their guns at a door that was vandalized in the House chamber. There were reports around the Capitol of possible explosive devices after the building was stormed.
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Police with guns drawn watch as protesters try to break into the House chamber.
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Rep. Lou Correa (D-CA) and other members of Congress take cover as protesters disrupt the joint session of Congress to certify the Electoral College vote.
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Rep. Madeleine Dean (D-PA) and other members take cover as protesters disrupt the joint session of Congress.
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A protester sits at the head of the Senate chamber.
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A protester hangs from the balcony in the Senate chamber.
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Protesters enter the Senate chamber.
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A supporter of President Trump sits at a desk after invading the Capitol.
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Protesters enter the Senate chamber.
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Members of Congress evacuate the House chamber as protesters attempt to enter.
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Protesters make triumphant gestures as they pause on the Capitol steps.
 John Minchillo/AP
At least one person was shot as Trump supporters swarmed the Capitol building, disrupting Joe Biden’s certification as president.

Author: Kainaz Amaria

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