Today is history.
The Democratic process has been disrupted and supporters of President Trump have stormed the capitol.
A few news links for further discussion . . . We'd actually like a few local perspectives on the implications of this hot mess AND HOW READERS THINK IT APPLIES LOCALLY.
One local view, here's an iconic shot of Missouri Senator Hawley today that's going around . . .
TO BE FAIR, this is before things got thick.
According to Mayor Q . . .
From Senator Blunt . . .
Update from KC's top ranking elected official . . .
From Rep. Cleaver "I am currently locked down in a safe and secure location. The country that I am seeing on television is unrecognizable to me. I will continue to pray for the safety of my colleagues and the Capitol Police Officers."
Accordingly . . . We're linking the mainstream view from a collection of news outlets.
Check-it . . .WINTER STORM!!!
Supporters of President Donald Trump have breached the US Capitol, according to Capitol police officers, as lawmakers count the Electoral College votes certifying President-elect Joe Biden's win.
According To Fox News
President Trump has directed the National Guard, as well as "other federal protective services" to the Capitol Building during a breach and violent protests amid a joint session of Congress to certify the results of the 2020 presidential election.
LOCKDOWN FOR REALZ!!!
U.S. Capitol Police have locked down all buildings within the U.S. Capitol complex as far-right demonstrations clash with police in the area. "Due to an external security threat located on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol Building, no entry or exit is permitted at this time," the police said in a statement.
RUDY Giuliani told thousands of fired-up Trump supporters he wants a "trial by combat" in Congress and doubled down on calls for Mike Pence to overturn Joe Biden's win. Giuliani made the comments during a "Stop The Steal" rally on Wednesday morning, as Americans await the results of the Georgia Senate race.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Capitol locked down Wednesday after protesters breached barricades amid violent clashes between President Donald Trump's supporters and Capitol police. Both chambers of Congress abruptly recessed as they were debating the Electoral College vote that gave Joe Biden the presidency.
The Duece Reacts
Fox News cut away from Donald Trump Jr. when his speech at a pro-Trump rally in Washington, D.C. turned profane. The adult son of President Donald Trump spoke ahead of his father on Wednesday, during a rally held to protest the 2020 election and Congressional certification of Joe Biden's victory.
Don. Jr. Redux
Don Jr begs for calm as Save America supporters storm Congress and police inside House chamber have guns drawn and aimed at the door
Trump supporters started lining up before dawn near White House in Washington, DC, on Wednesday Crowds are there for the 'Save America' rally protesting planned certification of Joe Biden's election victory Donald Trump Jr, House Rep.
Guns Drawn in House Chamber after Trump Rally Crowd Breaks through Capitol Security | National Review
A pro-Trump crowd that descended on Washington, D.C., to protest the certification of the Electoral College has stormed Capitol Hill after being goaded by President Trump in a defiant speech, with multiple reports of an armed standoff at the door of the House chamber. Armed standoff on House floor.
Speaker Pelosi HQ Invaded
by: Nexstar Media Wire Posted: / Updated: WASHINGTON (NEXSTAR) - Demonstrators backing President Donald Trump have breached the U.S. Capitol, entering the offices of lawmakers including U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. An image taken by a Getty photographer showed a note left on the desk of the California Democrat that read, "WE WILL NOT BACK DOWN."
Day At The Office
"We have folks entering the rotunda," they said. Masks were being distributed to members and the press after tear gas was dispersed. Lawmakers and staff had already been on high alert as crowds of Trump allies descended upon the Capitol and local D.C. officials braced for violence.
Where’s The Prez?!?!
As chaos ripped through Washington, D.C., on Wednesday afternoon, President Trump quietly slipped into his motorcade to be whisked back to the White House, despite having told his supporters that he was going to walk with them to the Capitol Building.
Amidst chaos and violence on Capitol Hill Wednesday in support of President Trump, both he and his son Donald Trump Jr. urged peace among protesters who had forced their way into the U.S. Capitol Building. "Please support our Capitol Police and Law Enforcement. They are truly on the side of our Country.
Pence Promises Prosecution
Vice President Pence on Wednesday condemned protests inside the U.S. Capitol, which forced him to be evacuated from the Senate chamber earlier in the afternoon, and vowed those involved "will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law." "The violence and destruction taking place at the US Capitol Must Stop and it Must Stop Now.
According To Elect Biden
President-elect Joe Biden is set to deliver remarks about the riots at the U.S. Capitol against the counting of Electoral College votes.
Guard Called Out . . .
The National Guard will respond at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday after pro-Trump rioters overran the building during the Electoral College vote count. Both Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office asked for the National Guard to tamp down the insurrection at the Capitol, two sources told NBC.
And It's Over.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Capitol building has been secured, a Capitol official said on Wednesday, hours after rioters stormed the seat of government and entered the lawmakers' chambers. House Sergeant at Arms Paul Irving told House members the building was cleared after they spent several hours in lockdown following evacuation as pro-Trump demonstrators attacked the Capitol.
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