Trump tells mob at Capitol ‘we love you’ but ‘go home’
President Donald Trump issued a short video to his Twitter account Wednesday urging his supporters to “go home” after a mob bypassed police to enter the Capitol building.
Trump continued to falsely assert that he won the presidential election by a “landslide” but told his supporters that they must leave. He also reiterated his baseless allegation that the election was “stolen.”
He told his supporters that they are “very special” and that he loved them.
“It was a landslide election, everyone knows it … but you have to go home now,” Trump said. “We have to have peace, we have to have law and order, we have to respect our great people in law and order. We don’t want anyone hurt.”
Trump spoke to a large crowd of his supporters in front of the White House earlier Wednesday before the beginning of a joint session of Congress to count Electoral College votes, where he encouraged his followers to go to the Capitol. Trump also suggested that he would go himself.
Twitter added a flag to Trump’s tweet saying that it cannot be retweeted, liked or replied to “due to a risk of violence.”
The video was posted just moments after President-elect Joe Biden urged Trump to “step up” and called the chaos unfolding at the Capitol an “insurrection.”
Georgia Secretary of State Raffensperger evacuated from state Capitol building
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger was escorted out of the state Capitol building Wednesday in Atlanta, his office confirmed. About 150 protesters gathered outside the building, which remained largely empty.
The Legislature is not in session, and much of legislators’ work is being done from home because of the pandemic.
Raffensperger spoke with President Donald Trump on Saturday, during which Trump pressed him to “find 11,780 votes” to overturn the results of the presidential election in the state. Raffensperger said Monday that he never thought it appropriate to speak to Trump about the results.
U.K.’s Boris Johnson calls scenes in Washington ‘disgraceful’
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson called the images of hundreds of pro-Trump protesters swarming the Capitol “disgraceful.”
“The United States stands for democracy around the world and it is now vital that there should be a peaceful and orderly transfer of power,” Johnson, an ally of President Donald Trump, wrote Wednesday on Twitter.
The events in Washington caused shock and surprise across the world, where many are used to American lectures about orderly transitions of power, not frenzied scenes of chaos in the heart of the American establishment.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg called for the outcome of the election to be respected after the Capitol descended into chaos.
Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak took to social media to call the events a “shaky coup attempt” by a “crowd incited by a defeated president who lost his temper.”
“But the lesson is clear: When those who are in charge are allowed to go wild and those who had to act are paralyzed by fear, even the impossible can happen,” he added.
‘It’s not protest. It’s insurrection’: Biden condemns violent storming of Capitol
President-elect Joe Biden forcefully condemned the pro-Trump mob inciting violence and causing chaos Wednesday on Capitol Hill.
“The words of a president matter, no matter how good or bad it is,” Biden said, before calling on President Donald Trump to give a televised address and demand “an end to this siege” by his supporters.
“It’s not protest. It’s insurrection,” Biden said.
Biden, speaking in Delaware on Wednesday afternoon, described the events at the Capitol that disrupted the vote count as “chaos” that “borders on sedition.”
“I call on this mob to pull back and allow the work of democracy to go forward,” Biden said, adding that “the words of a president matter.”
Lawmakers sheltering in place cheer news that National Guard troops are on the way
Members of both parties who were locked down in a secure location at the Capitol cheered when House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries of New York and House Republican Conference Chairwoman Liz Cheney of Wyoming announced that the National Guard was on its way, a House member in the room said.
“We will return to the floor and do our job,” the member said.
Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced that he is sending members of the Virginia National Guard, along with 200 Virginia state troopers, to the Capitol.
GOP Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan also announced that he was sending troopers to assist D.C. and Capitol police.
Improvised explosive device found at Capitol
WASHINGTON — At least one improvised explosive device was found on the Capitol grounds, several law enforcement officials told NBC News.
The explosive device was found outside a building, the officials said.
“Along with our law enforcement partners, FBI Washington Field Office responded to reports of suspicious devices. The investigation is ongoing,” a spokesperson for the field office said,
Jon Ossoff defeats David Perdue in Georgia, handing control of the Senate to Democrats, NBC News projects
Jon Ossoff defeated Republican David Perdue and Raphael Warnock won over GOP Sen. Kelly Loeffler in Georgia, NBC News projects.
The twin wins for Democrats give the party control of the Senate, which will stand at 50 Democrats and 50 Republicans, but incoming Vice President Kamala Harris will be able to cast the tie-breaking vote. The Georgia election results are a big boost for President-elect Joe Biden, who would have faced stiff opposition from Republicans had they retained the Senate.
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Capitol Police request backup; Secret Service, FBI, Maryland National Guard responding
U.S. Secret Service, FBI and the Maryland National Guard will support Capitol police as officers attempt to detain and disperse President Donald Trump’s supporters as they roam the halls of Congress.
Both uniformed and specials agent division of Secret Service are responding, a senior law enforcement source confirmed to NBC News. The official called the situation at the legislative office “extremely concerning.”
The FBI also confirmed that it will assist U.S. Capitol Police “in protection of federal property and public safety.” Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said he ordered the state’s National Guardsmen to set up a rapid response force to support police officers in the city.
Photo shows GOP Sen. Hawley, who led effort to contest vote, greeting protesters
Federal officials with ATF uniforms are clearing the Capitol
Federal law enforcement officers are moving through the U.S. Capitol clearing out protesters.
Reporters barricaded in a workspace in the Capitol greeted the officers — who had uniforms from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms — as a sign that the building may soon be safe.
A security system inside the Capitol had alerted everyone to shelter in space. Police have continued to say that those inside are safest waiting where they are.
“Thank you for what your doing,” the reporters who remained locked inside said.
Pelosi, Schumer call on Trump to demand that protesters leave the Capitol
In a joint statement directed at Trump, Pelosi and Schumer said just before 4 p.m. ET, “We are calling on President Trump to demand that all protestors leave the U.S. Capitol and Capitol Grounds immediately.”