Washington, D.C. – President Trump is sending in the National Guard after pro-Trump rioters overran the Capitol Building Wednesday.
Virginia State Troopers and the Virginia National Guard are also on their way to D.C. to assist.
Tens of thousands of people showed up the the Save America rally Wednesday to protest the election results.
Hundreds of people from the rally rushed the Capitol Building, overran police barricades, and fought with police.
The rioters could be seen deploying pepper spray on officers who tried to hold them back.
The rioters stopped the certification of the Electoral College votes as the building was evacuated.
One person was shot during the incident and is in critical condition, according to ABC3340.
President Trump tweeted about the incident by encouraging peaceful protest, while Vice President Pence tweeted that people should leave.
I am asking for everyone at the U.S. Capitol to remain peaceful. No violence! Remember, WE are the Party of Law & Order – respect the Law and our great men and women in Blue. Thank you!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2021
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany tweeted that President Trump is sending in the National Guard. Other nearby jurisdictions have announced that they are sending law enforcement officers and their National Guard troops.
At President @realDonaldTrump’s direction, the National Guard is on the way along with other federal protective services.— Kayleigh McEnany (@PressSec) January 6, 2021
We reiterate President Trump’s call against violence and to remain peaceful.
BREAKING: VA Gov. Ralph Northam sending VA National Guard and Troopers to Washington, DC.— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) January 6, 2021
At my direction, the @MDSP is sending in troopers to assist the Metropolitan Police Department and the United States Capitol Police. I have instructed the Adjutant General of the @MDNG to call up a rapid response force to support law enforcement and restore order.— Governor Larry Hogan (@GovLarryHogan) January 6, 2021
You can see videos from the Capitol Building takeover below.
Trump supporters got into fights with the Capitol Police after they tried to enter the Capitol Building. pic.twitter.com/ZQjn3fOVtL— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) January 6, 2021
Capitol Police are using flashbangs to try to get the Trump crowd to disperse. pic.twitter.com/IHAtc1dsJ5— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) January 6, 2021
BREAKING: Trump supporters have breached the Capitol building, tearing down 4 layers of security fencing and are attempting to occupy the building — fighting federal police who are overrun— ELIJAH SCHAFFER (@ElijahSchaffer) January 6, 2021
This is the craziest thing I’ve ever seen in my life. Thousands, police can’t stop them pic.twitter.com/VVdTUwV5YN
US CAPITOL UNDER SIEGE: Tear gas deployed inside rotunda; lawmakers told to find escape hoods / gas masks under their seats and put them on.— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) January 6, 2021
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