The US Capitol was put on lockdown on Wednesday as crowds protesting President-elect Joe Biden's victory breached security barricades while Congress was debating the certification of his electoral win over President Donald Trump, according to Reuters eyewitnesses.
The Senate and the House, which were weighing objections to Biden's victory, abruptly and unexpectedly recessed.
CNN has reported that police have fired tear gas at protesters. There have also been reports that Vice President Mike Pence was evacuated from the building.
He also blasted Vice President Mike Pence after he refused to intervene in the certification by Congress of Democrat Joe Biden's election victory.
"Mike Pence didn't have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and our Constitution," Trump tweeted. "USA demands the truth!"
Trump's statement came after Pence, in defiance of the president, said he would not stop the certification by Congress of Biden's victory.
Trump later tweeted after news broke of the protest that protesters must "stay peaceful".
Please support our Capitol Police and Law Enforcement. They are truly on the side of our Country. Stay peaceful!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2021
Mike Pence didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and our Constitution, giving States a chance to certify a corrected set of facts, not the fraudulent or inaccurate ones which they were asked to previously certify. USA demands the truth!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2021
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