Wicked Local Metro, Needham, Mass.
Jan. 7—As protesters swarm the U.S. Capitol Building, Congressman Ayanna Pressley (D- Somerville) tweeted saying U.S. democracy is under assault.
“Our democracy is literally under assault,” she tweeted. ” Donald J. Trump incited this violence and is directly responsible for this attempted coup. He must be impeached and removed from office immediately.”
At 2:55 p.m. Pressley’s Chief of Staff Sarah Groh tweeted that she and Pressley were safe. At 3:08 p.m., Pressley retweeted the following Tweet:
Supporters of President Trump breached the Capitol Wednesday afternoon as lawmakers counted the Electoral College votes that would certify President-elect Joe Biden’s win.
Trump tweeted out a call for a peaceful protest but not before he attacked his own Vice President, Mike Pence, stating via Twitter, that he “didn’t have the courage to do what should have been to protect our Country and our Constitution.”
Trump went on to say that the states should have a chance to certify “a corrected set of facts, not the fraudulent or inaccurate ones which they were asked to previously certify.”
According to Wicked Local news partner WCVB, shortly after 1 p.m. hundreds of pro-Trump protesters pushed through barriers set up along the perimeter of the Capitol, where they tussled with officers in full riot gear, some calling the officers “traitors” for doing their jobs.
About 90 minutes later, police said demonstrators got into the building. Video from inside the Capitol showed protesters marching through the stately Statuary Hall shouting and waving Trump banners and American flags and taking cell phone videos.
By 2:45 p.m. lawmakers were being evacuated from the Capitol. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other senators were led out, escorted by staff and police. Members of the House were also being evacuated, though many, like Moulton were told to shelter in place.
Outside protesters could be seen pushing against metal fences and police using the fences to push protesters back, while other officers reached over the top to club people trying to cross their lines.
WCVB also reported that flashbangs could be heard near the steps of the Capitol as smoke filled the air. Tear gas was deployed, but it wasn’t clear whether by protesters or police, but people could be seen wiping tears from their eyes while coughing.
” Donald J. Trump should immediately be impeached by the House of Representatives & removed from office by the United States Senate as soon as Congress reconvenes,” Pressley tweeted. “This is dangerous & unacceptable.”
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