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Photos: Trump supporters storm the US Capitol

Scenes of chaos.

A pro-Trump mob swarms the Capitol building on January 6, 2021, in Washington, DC.
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Trump supporters stormed the United States Capitol on Wednesday, forcing their way inside and interrupting Congress’s certification of electoral votes.

What is happening in the halls of Congress right now is shocking. Trump backers, driven by a baseless conspiracy theory fomented by the president himself, have stopped the functioning of government and the normal processes of the peaceful transition of power.

Earlier in the day, thousands attended a “Save America Rally,” where the president lied, again, that he, not Joe Biden, had won the 2020 election. He urged attendees to take their grievances to Capitol Hill.

Now chaos and confusion have overtaken the halls of Congress. House and Senate members are sheltering in place. Rioters broke into congressional offices, including that of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Secret Service agents whisked Vice President Mike Pence, who was presiding over Congress, out of the chamber. There was an armed standoff on the floor of the House of Representatives.

This story is rapidly developing, and new images and videos continue to emerge. But the moment that Donald Trump spent four years making is here.

Trump supporters try to tear through a police barrier at the Capitol in Washington. Wednesday afternoon, Congress debated certification of electoral votes in the presidential election, before the clashes caused a halt to the proceedings.
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Trump supporters face off with police.
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Police hold back supporters of President Trump as they gather outside the US Capitol Rotunda.
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Trump supporters and police face off outside the US Capitol.
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A rioter sprayed gas outside the Capitol.
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Insurrectionists attempt to enter the Capitol.
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A mob inside the Capitol Rotunda.
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A Trump supporter holds a Trump flag inside the Capitol near the Senate chamber.
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Trump supporters stand inside the US Capitol.
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A Capitol Police officer wears a gas mask as supporters of President Trump enter the building.
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Tear gas fills the corridors of the US Capitol.
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A pro-Trump supporter posing for a photo inside the Capitol.
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US Capitol Police officers point their guns at a door that was vandalized in the House chamber. There were reports around the Capitol of possible explosive devices after the building was stormed.
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Police with guns drawn watch as rioters try to break into the House chamber.
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Rep. Jason Crow (D-CO), comforts Rep. Susan Wild (D-PA), while taking cover as insurrectionists disrupt the joint session of Congress.
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Rep. Madeleine Dean (D-PA) and others are evacuated from the House as rioters disrupt the joint session of Congress.
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An insurrectionist sits at the head of the Senate chamber.
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An insurrectionist hangs from the balcony in the Senate chamber.
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Insurrectionists enter the Senate chamber.
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A Trump supporter sits inside the office of US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.
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A supporter of President Trump sits at a desk after invading the Capitol.
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Insurrectionists enter the Senate chamber.
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Members of Congress evacuate the House chamber as rioters attempt to enter.
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A Trump supporters runs through the US Capitol Rotunda with a Confederate flag.
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Police attempt to remove pro-Trump supporters from the Capitol building.
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One woman was killed amid the chaos inside the US Capitol.
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Congressional staffers hold up their hands while Capitol Police SWAT teams check everyone in the room as they secure the floor of Trump supporters.
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Rioters make triumphant gestures as they pause on the Capitol steps.
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At least one person was shot as Trump supporters swarmed the Capitol building, disrupting Joe Biden’s certification as president.
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