Hundreds of supporters of outgoing Pres. Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol building Wednesday, breaking through windows and forcing their way through doors as members of Congress held sessions to debate and confirm the Electoral College votes cast in the 2020 presidential election.
One woman was shot and killed during the violent overtaking of the building that forced Congressional leaders and their staff to evacuate or shelter in place wearing gas masks and lying under their desks on the House and Senate floors and galleries.
Trump had spoken for more than an hour to the crowd of thousands of supporters, far-right activists and white nationalists, including members of the Proud Boys, immediately before the march to the Capitol, telling them he’d “march with them,” but returning immediately to the White House.
100 Days in Appalachia’s Chris Jones, our Report for America corps member covering domestic extremism, was on the ground as the crowds swarmed.