The House and Senate abruptly go into recess after throngs of Trump supporters storm the Capitol building

  • The House and Senate were forced to go into recess Wednesday after thousands of Trump supporters descended on the Capitol to protest the certification of Joe Biden's 2020 election victory.
  • Video footage showed Trump supporters breaching barriers at the Capitol building and clashing with law enforcement officers while Congress met to count up electoral votes.
  • As they got into the building, House and Senate lawmakers were evacuated and reporters were told to shelter in place.
  • The vote certification process doesn't typically draw much attention, but it's in the spotlight this year because Trump has whipped his supporters into a frenzy using the groundless claim that Congress can selectively throw out states' electoral votes based on baseless assertions of fraud.
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The House and Senate abruptly went into recess on Wednesday after crowds of Trump supporters descended on the Capitol building, breached barriers, and clashed with Capitol Police.

The violence erupted as Congress convened to officially count up the electoral votes in the 2020 election and certify President-elect Joe Biden's victory in the race.

Shortly before the clashes, Trump headlined a "March for Trump" rally in Washington, DC, where he ginned up nonsense conspiracy theories about widespread voter fraud, a rigged election, and a global faction of Democrats working with election vendors to steal the 2020 race from Trump.

There is no evidence that any of these claims hold merit, and all 50 states have certified the election results as of last month.

As Trump supporters breached the Capitol building, multiple reporters tweeted that they were told to shelter in place, and the House and Senate were immediately evacuated. The mayor of Washington, DC, subsequently announced a 6 p.m. ET curfew.

 

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