Noose appears near Capitol; protesters seen carrying Confederate flags

A noose was erected on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol Wednesday afternoon, attached to a wooden beam.

Supporters of President Donald Trump gather on the West side of the Capitol on Wednesday.Andrew Caballero-Reynolds / AFP – Getty Images

It was seen as hundreds of pro-Trump demonstrators were crowding around the Capitol amid chaos that involved many of them breaching barricades and going inside the building. 

Many were seen carrying Trump campaign flags inside, and some were also carrying Confederate flags. 

Reps. Omar, Pressley call for Trump’s impeachment

Democratic Reps. Ilhan Omar and Ayanna Pressley called for President Donald Trump’s impeachment Wednesday.

“We can’t allow him to remain in office, it’s a matter of preserving our Republic and we need to fulfill our oath,” Omar, of Minnesota, wrote on Twitter.

Pressley, of Massachusetts, said on Twitter that the president should be “immediately be impeached,” calling his behavior “dangerous and unacceptable.”

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Photos show protesters storming U.S. Capitol, Pelosi’s office

Supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, wandering around the Senate floor and other areas.

One protester entered House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office and kicked his feet up at a desk.

See the full gallery of photos here.

Photo: Trump supporter carries Confederate flag in Capitol

A Trump supporter carries a Confederate battle flag on the second floor of the Capitol near the entrance to the Senate on Jan. 6, 2021.Mike Theiler / Reuters

Twitter limits engagement on Trump tweets; YouTube, Facebook remove video

Twitter took the extraordinary step Wednesday of prohibiting one of President Donald Trump’s tweets from being retweeted or replied to after he posted a video pushing conspiracy theories about election fraud while some of his supporters took over the U.S. Capitol building.

The tweet included a video in which Trump reiterated evidence-free claims that the election was “stolen” but also called for his supporters to “go home now.”

Twitter turned off retweets and replies to the tweet.

“In regard to the ongoing situation in Washington, D.C., we are working proactively to protect the health of the public conversation occurring on the service and will take action on any content that violates the Twitter Rules,” Twitter’s Safety team said in a statement.

“Threats of and calls to violence are against the Twitter Rules, and we are enforcing our policies accordingly,” the safety team said. “In addition, we have been significantly restricting engagement with Tweets labeled under our Civic Integrity Policy due to the risk of violence. This means these labeled Tweets will not be able to be replied to, Retweeted, or liked.” 

The same video was removed from YouTube early Wednesday night. The company said in a statement that the video violated “policies regarding content that alleges widespread fraud or errors changed the outcome.” Facebook also took it down.

The video was tweeted at 4:17 p.m., about three hours after Trump told his supporters to march on the Capitol. The Capitol building was eventually evacuated after protesters stormed the building, some taking pictures from the dais and Senate offices.

Rep. Cori Bush to introduce resolution to expel GOP House members who ‘incited’ violence

Freshman Democratic Rep. Cori Bush of Missouri said Wednesday that she will introduce a resolution to expel Republican members of Congress who “incited this domestic terror attack through their attempts to overturn the election,” saying they “must face consequences.”

“They have broken their sacred Oath of Office,” Bush tweeted. “I will be introducing a resolution calling for their expulsion.”

Bush, a progressive, ousted long-term incumbent Lacy Clay, who represented Missouri’s 1st Congressional District for 10 terms, in the Democratic primary.

Trump tells mob at Capitol ‘we love you’ but ‘go home’

President Donald Trump issued a short video to his Twitter account Wednesday urging his supporters to “go home” after a mob bypassed police to enter the Capitol building. 

Trump continued to falsely assert that he won the presidential election by a “landslide” but told his supporters that they must leave. He also reiterated his baseless allegation that the election was “stolen.” 

He told his supporters that they are “very special” and that he loved them. 

“It was a landslide election, everyone knows it … but you have to go home now,” Trump said. “We have to have peace, we have to have law and order, we have to respect our great people in law and order. We don’t want anyone hurt.” 

Trump spoke to a large crowd of his supporters in front of the White House earlier Wednesday before the beginning of a joint session of Congress to count Electoral College votes, where he encouraged his followers to go to the Capitol. Trump also suggested that he would go himself. 

Twitter added a flag to Trump’s tweet saying that it cannot be retweeted, liked or replied to “due to a risk of violence.”

The video was posted just moments after President-elect Joe Biden urged Trump to “step up” and called the chaos unfolding at the Capitol an “insurrection.” 

Georgia Secretary of State Raffensperger evacuated from state Capitol building

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger was escorted out of the state Capitol building Wednesday in Atlanta, his office confirmed. About 150 protesters gathered outside the building, which remained largely empty.

The Legislature is not in session, and much of legislators’ work is being done from home because of the pandemic.

Raffensperger spoke with President Donald Trump on Saturday, during which Trump pressed him to “find 11,780 votes” to overturn the results of the presidential election in the state. Raffensperger said Monday that he never thought it appropriate to speak to Trump about the results. 

U.K.’s Boris Johnson calls scenes in Washington ‘disgraceful’

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson called the images of hundreds of pro-Trump protesters swarming the Capitol “disgraceful.”

“The United States stands for democracy around the world and it is now vital that there should be a peaceful and orderly transfer of power,” Johnson, an ally of President Donald Trump, wrote Wednesday on Twitter

The events in Washington caused shock and surprise across the world, where many are used to American lectures about orderly transitions of power, not frenzied scenes of chaos in the heart of the American establishment.  

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg called for the outcome of the election to be respected after the Capitol descended into chaos.

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak took to social media to call the events a “shaky coup attempt” by a “crowd incited by a defeated president who lost his temper.”  

“But the lesson is clear: When those who are in charge are allowed to go wild and those who had to act are paralyzed by fear, even the impossible can happen,” he added.


‘It’s not protest. It’s insurrection’: Biden condemns violent storming of Capitol

President-elect Joe Biden forcefully condemned the pro-Trump mob inciting violence and causing chaos Wednesday on Capitol Hill.

“The words of a president matter, no matter how good or bad it is,” Biden said, before calling on President Donald Trump to give a televised address and demand “an end to this siege” by his supporters.

“It’s not protest. It’s insurrection,” Biden said.

Biden, speaking in Delaware on Wednesday afternoon, described the events at the Capitol that disrupted the vote count as “chaos” that “borders on sedition.” 

“I call on this mob to pull back and allow the work of democracy to go forward,” Biden said, adding that “the words of a president matter.”