Trump supporters take over the steps of the Capitol, as the Congress works to certify the electoral college votes.
Thousands of President Trump’s supporters are in Washington for rallies Wednesday to falsely assert that the presidential election was stolen from him.
Washington Post reported that the demonstrations turned violent as many in attendance saw them as a last stand for Trump on the same day that Congress votes to certify that President-elect Joe Biden won the election.
Donald Trump — who lost the popular and electoral college vote — continues to dispute the results, without evidence, and has encouraged his supporters to attend the rallies.
He took the stage about noon to roaring crowds, claiming he had won the election.
Later at the U.S. Capitol, throngs of people pushed past police who were trying to block them from entering the building as lawmakers inside debated the certification of the presidential election.
A mob was able to breach security and successfully enter the building.
In a televised speech, the President-elect, Joe Biden condemned Trump for stoking the violence.
“I call on this mob to pull back and allow the work of democracy to go forward,” he said.
The D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser imposed a citywide curfew as a chaotic scene worsened at the U.S. Capitol building.
From 6 p.m. Wednesday to 6 a.m. Thursday, Bowser said no one other than essential personnel would be allowed outdoors in the city.