Hundreds of Trump Supporters Just Broke Into the U. S. Capitol Building in a Unprecedented Breach

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Photo credit: Bill Clark - Getty Images
Photo credit: Bill Clark - Getty Images

From Seventeen

The U.S. Capitol has descended into chaos. Hundreds of pro-Donald Trump rioters wearing Trump gear stormed the building on Wednesday as Congress held a ceremonial event that affirms President-Elect Joe Biden won the November presidential election against Donald Trump.

A CNN source says there are "several suspicious devices" outside the building right now as law enforcement works to get everything under control. NBC News reports members of Congress were handed gas masks as a safety precaution.

Vice President Mike Pence has been evacuated from the building, which is now on lockdown. Social media posts show chaos as the breachers shout "you swore an oath" and "stop the steal," tear down tarps, and climb over scaffolding.

CNN also described the scene:

"Flash bangs could be heard near the steps of the Capitol as smoke filled the air. In some instances officers could be seen deploying pepper spray. Tear gas has been deployed, but it's not clear whether by protesters or police, and people wiped tears from their eyes while coughing."

This story is being updated as more information surfaces.

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