Trump supporters storm U.S. Capitol, forcing Senate to evacuate

Protesters supporting President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol Wednesday, clashing with police and forcing a delay in the constitutional process to affirm President-elect Joe Biden's win.
Dozens of people breached security perimeters at the Capitol and lawmakers inside the House chamber were told to put on gas masks as tear gas was fired in the Rotunda.
A chaplain prayed as police guarded the doors to the chamber and lawmakers tried to gather information about what was happening, and an announcement was played inside the Capitol as lawmakers were meeting and expected to vote to affirm Biden's victory. Due to an “external security threat,” no one could enter or exit the Capitol complex, the recording said.
Biden has called the violent protests on the U.S. Capitol “an assault on the most sacred of American undertakings: the doing of the people’s business.”
Biden also demanded Trump to immediately make a televised address calling on his supporters to cease the violence that he described as an “unprecedented assault" on the U.S. Capitol.
Trump supporters storm U.S. Capitol, forcing Senate to evacuate
Police with guns drawn warn protesters not to enter into the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. Photo: AP/J Scott Applewhite
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