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Pro-Trump mob storms US Capitol in bid to overturn election


January 7, 2021

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) presides over a joint session of Congress to certify the 2020 electoral college results, hours after a mob supporting President Donald Trump broke into the Capitol and disrupted the proceedings, in Washington on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. (Erin Schaff/The New York Times)

WASHINGTON - A violent mob loyal to President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday and forced lawmakers into hiding, in a stunning attempt to overturn America's presidential election, undercut the nation's democracy and keep Democrat Joe Biden from replacing Trump in the White House.

The nation's elected representatives scrambled to crouch under desks and don gas masks, while police futilely tried to barricade the building, one of the most jarring scenes ever to unfold in a seat of American political power. A woman was shot and killed inside the Capitol, and Washington's mayor instituted an evening curfew in an attempt to contain the violence.

The rioters were egged on by Trump, who has spent weeks falsely attacking the integrity of the election and had urged his supporters to descend on Washington to protest Congress' formal approval of Biden's victory. Some Republican lawmakers were in the midst of raising objections to the results on his behalf when the proceedings were abruptly halted by the mob.


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