Donald Trump supporters clashed with police as they attempted to gain access to the U.S. Capitol building where Congress are meeting to certify President-elect Joe Biden’s election win in the November election.
Hundreds of protesters gathered in Freedom Plaza on Tuesday evening, January 4, a day before a congressional vote to affirm Joe Biden’s victory to protest and back Trump’s unverified claims of election fraud.
On Wednesday, demonstrators were seen clashing with U.S. Capitol Police and overcoming barricades to make their way into the Capitol building as Congress counts the Electoral College ballots inside.
A person was shot and in unknown condition.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued a statement demanding Trump tell his supporters to leave.
“We are calling on President Trump to demand that all protestors leave the U.S. Capitol and Capitol Grounds immediately,” the lawmakers wrote.
Reports said congressional staffs in the U.S. Capitol complex were ordered to evacuate two buildings, the Cannon office building for House members, and the Madison building, part of the Library of Congress, as protests intensified.
The mayor of Washington, D.C., has also in this wise ordered a curfew in the nation’s capital beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
Members of Congress tweeted that they were safe in undisclosed locations or tweeted photos of themselves in protective gear. Congressman Seth Moulton said the nation was witnessing an attempted coup.