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Hundreds of supporters of President Trump breached the perimeter of the US Capitol on Wednesday, attempting to force their way into the building as Congress prepared to certify President-elect Joe Biden’s election win.
Washington Post reporter Rebecca Tan tweeted an 11-second video clip of the throngs streaming toward the building, with some stomping over a flimsy fence marked with an “Area Closed” sign.
“Hundreds of Trump supporters have stormed the barricades at the back of the Capitol and are marching toward the building,” wrote Tan.
In a follow-up tweet, Tan said that some attempted to push inside the building, but were rebuffed by police.
“Protesters are charging toward the Captiol [sic] steps. Some tried to scale the construction structures and have been tackled by police,” Tan wrote. “They want to enter the building and are making attempts at intervals. Capitol police trying to hold them back.”
Other journalists on the ground also tweeted footage of the wild scene.
Thousands of supporters of the president descended on Washington for a raucous Wednesday rally, as Congress moved to finalize the results of the 2020 presidential election.
Trump himself delivered a fiery speech in the hour leading up to the joint session of Congress, in which he repeated his claim that the election was rigged against him, without providing hard evidence to support the allegation.
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