President Donald Trump told his millions of followers to “stay peaceful” after encouraging his supporters to march on the U.S. Capitol in a speech at the National Mall, which caused chaos in the building after supporters walked in. broke in.
On Wednesday, the president tweeted that people should “support our Capitol police and law enforcement” amid the full-blown chaos erupting on Capitol Hill.
I ask everyone on the United States Capitol to stay peaceful. No violence! Remember, WE are the Law and Order Party – obey the law and our great men and women in blue. Thank you!
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2021
Several reports said shots were fired into the Chamber’s bedroom and glass doors were smashed. Videos posted on Twitter revealed supporters chanting and carrying Confederate flags angrily.
People break glass in the bedroom doors of the House. Police fire guns and aim for the door
– Jonathan Tamari (@JonathanTamari) January 6, 2021
Update at 2:36 p.m. ET:
An injured Capitol Police officer has just been escorted by me.
Shortly after this video, several other police officers with visible injuries to their faces walked past me.
“You wanna get the hell out of here, they’ve taken over the Capitol,” one officer said. pic.twitter.com/LqteWpef3g
– Taylor Popielarz (@TaylorPopielarz) January 6, 2021
BREAKING: Revolution underway as Trump supporters burst into Capitol building, attacking police, smashing windows and knocking down doors
Total anarchy during this “essentially peaceful” DC demonstration
People have pushed and rush to the main chambers pic.twitter.com/NW6VDDNBQw
– ELIJAH SCHAFFER (@ElijahSchaffer) January 6, 2021
The chaos began shortly after Trump’s “March to Save America” speech on Wednesday, where he told his supporters he would join them in a march to Capitol Hill.
Trump says he’s leading a march to the Capitol building to heckle Congress as he votes confirms Joe Biden as the next president of the United States. pic.twitter.com/VnxandDYL6
– Matt Hildreth (@mhildreth) January 6, 2021
During his rambling, sometimes inconsistent speech, Trump expressed his irritation with Vice President Mike Pence.
“Mike Pence, I hope you stand up for the good of our Constitution and the good of our country,” Trump said in the speech. “And if you’re not, I’m going to be very disappointed with you, I’ll tell you right away.”
Pence was then kicked out of the Senate Chamber and taken to a place of safety when Trump supporters broke in.