At President’s Urging, Some Supporters Storm Capitol Grounds

A demonstrator argues with a counter-demonstrator in front of the US Capitol challenging the results of the 2020 US Presidential election on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC. - Joe Biden's Democratic Party took a gi... A demonstrator argues with a counter-demonstrator in front of the US Capitol challenging the results of the 2020 US Presidential election on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC. - Joe Biden's Democratic Party took a giant step Wednesday towards seizing control of the US Senate as they won the first of two Georgia run-offs, hours before Congress was set to certify the president-elect's victory over Donald Trump. (Photo by Alex Edelman / AFP) (Photo by ALEX EDELMAN/AFP via Getty Images) MORE LESS
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January 6, 2021 1:25 p.m.

“Let’s walk down Pennsylvania avenue,” President Donald Trump ended his speech to thousands of supporters in front of the White House Wednesday, repeating an earlier call on his voters to march to the Capitol Building and demonstrate against legislators certifying Joe Biden’s electoral college victory.

As the words left Trump’s mouth, video surfaced of Trump supporters attempting to approach the Capitol Building, storming past barricades.

Some, according to Washington Post reporter Rebecca Tan, were tackled by police as they attempted to enter the legislative building.

Trump said earlier in his speech Wednesday that he would join supporters on their march to the legislature, and that he would be watching Republican members of Congress who voted to officially make him a one-term President.

One of the speakers at the week’s demonstrations, Phyllis Schlafly Eagles President Ed Martin, told TPM Tuesday that the National Parks Service hadn’t permitted a march between the White House and the Capitol Building, foretelling the chaos to come.

“They’re not actually permitting a march,” Martin said. “We’re all going to move from down at the Ellipse to Capitol Hill.”

 

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