Hundreds of Trump supporters gathered exterior the Capitol round 1 p.m. hoisting Trump flags and shouting “Cease The Steal.”
Some stood exterior of the Capitol serving to friends climb over a stone hedge and stroll throughout the entrance garden. “Don’t simply stand there, march ahead,” one girl shouted.
The Home and the Senate started a joint session to formalize Mr. Biden’s Electoral Faculty victory at 1 p.m.
Dozens of Trump supporters climbed an elevated platform that stood greater than 20 ft excessive immediately throughout from the Capitol, waving flags on the high whereas others shouted right into a microphone, “march ahead!”
One man walked by way of the group yelling “guys with medical situations, keep away from the entrance.”
Whereas most within the crowd had been comparatively peaceable, teams donned in camouflage and helmets additionally marched by way of the group yelling profanities at information reporters.
President Trump stoked tensions throughout a rally close to the White Home on Wednesday.
“We’ll by no means concede,” he stated to hundreds of supporters who got here to protest the outcomes of the election, through which President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. obtained greater than seven million votes greater than Mr. Trump did and acquired 306 electoral votes.
A whole bunch of pro-Trump demonstrators gathered on the Capitol’s west steps when, at 1:20 p.m., police started firing what gave the impression to be flash-bang grenades into the air to disperse the group.
Moderately than disperse, the protesters cheered and shouted, “push ahead, push ahead.”
One protester shouted, “That’s our home,” that means the Capitol.
A whole bunch of protestors started urgent in opposition to a barrier separating the police from the group on the Capitol steps, as a half-dozen protesters exhorted the group to press towards the constructing.
The gang grew bigger, lots of them chanting, “1776, 1776.”
Amid the turmoil, an older man from Alabama collapsed. Medical personnel rushed to his help, beginning chest compressions. His situation is unknown.
A person in his 60s, from Atlanta, Ga., figuring out himself as Emory, was rinsing his eyes with milk and water.
“They pepper sprayed me, and I wasn’t doing something,” stated Emory, his eyes and face puffy and pink.
“They’re doing tear gasoline up there on the steps,” stated Emory’s son, Vance. “It was a police officer. He stated, ‘Get away from the barrier,’ however we weren’t even touching it.”
Inside, Consultant Haley Stevens, Democrat of Michigan, reported on Twitter that she was sheltering in place, whereas different buildings within the Capitol advanced have been evacuated.