From The Tribune staff reports
WASHINGTON — Thousands of protesters descended upon the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, for the Save America Rally. The pro-Trump group is disputing the 2020 Presidential election results.
One woman was confirmed to have been shot and killed. The National Guard and state and federal police were called in for control, and rare evening curfews were declared in Washington and nearby Virginia suburbs.
After security concerns, the Capitol was put on lockdown and the building has since been secured, according to multiple reports.
Protesters entered the Capitol building and lawmakers inside said tear gas was deployed and lawmakers were evacuated from the House floor.
Many participants were waiving “TRUMP 2020” and “Don’t Tread on Me” flags. President Donald Trump addressed part of the crowd early Wednesday, saying the election was rigged.
The rally was organized on the same day Congress was meeting to count electoral college votes.
The president said Vice President Mike Pence should do what he can to stop the certification of a Joe Biden win for president. However, Pence said he cannot reject electoral votes that will make Biden president.
Trump later tweeted, “I am asking for everyone at the U.S. Capitol to remain peaceful. No violence! Remember, WE are the Party of Law & Order – respect the Law and our great men and women in Blue. Thank you!”
Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced leaders of Congress will resume efforts to certify Joe Biden’s win.
“In consultation with Leader Hoyer and Whip Clyburn and after calls to the Pentagon, the Justice Department and the Vice President, we have decided we should proceed tonight at the Capitol once it is cleared for use. Leader Hoyer will be sending out more guidance later today,” she said.