News agencies from coast-to-coast are reporting riot conditions erupted in Washington, D.C. Wednesday as tens of thousands of President Donald Trump’s supporters descended on the Capitol, storming the building in protest of what they believe was a stolen election.
One woman was shot, though it is not clear who fired the shot.
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What began as a peaceful protest turned ugly following remarks to the crowd by the president, during which he repeated his claim of election tampering. As the protest continued into the late afternoon, Yahoo News journalist and chief investigative correspondent Michael Isikoff accused the president of being “the architect of this chaos.”
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan issued a statement accusing the president “and his enablers” of urging “armed rebellions.” The statement was headlined “Mayor Durkan Statement on Coup Attempt at the United States Capitol.”
“The world’s eyes are on the United States Capitol,” Durkan said. “We are seeing the dangerous and terrifying result of a president that has instigated division since the beginning of his presidency and refuses to relinquish his power. This is what happens when the President and his enablers urge armed rebellions and sow deep distrust in the election.”
“This is not an attack on a building; it is an attack on our Democracy, our fundamental American values, and the rule of law,” Durkan asserted.
Politico is reporting in the wake of the Georgia’s election “Republicans are pointing a frustrated finger” at the president for losing the Senate seats. Will the media also point a finger at Trump for the violence Wednesday?
The president “demonized the state’s Republican leaders and fractured the local GOP,” Politico reported.
“He ignored calls from his allies to rally in the state sooner,” the story asserted. “His support for Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue mainly came in the form of the occasional tweet and two rallies, including one on Monday. He blasted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for not heeding his calls for boosted stimulus checks.”
Wednesday, as reported by several news agencies including USA Today, the Capitol was shut down “as a group of protesters pushed through fencing and breached the building.”
The New York Post described at least one part of the protest inside the Capitol building as “an armed standoff outside the House of Representatives’ chambers and at least one person shot.”
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