On Wednesday, January 6, supporters of President Donald Trump gathered in Washington, DC, for what Trump dubbed a “Save America Rally,” a two-day event meant to demonstrate support for the disproven conspiracy theory that widespread fraud marred the 2020 presidential election — and that Trump, rather than Joe Biden, is the rightful winner of that contest.
Later in the day, Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol building as lawmakers worked within to certify President-elect Biden’s 2020 Electoral College win. The debate over the results was stopped abruptly when senators were told, “Protesters are in the building,” Vox’s Sean Collins and Zack Beauchamp report. Vice President Mike Pence, who was presiding over the session, was swiftly escorted from the Senate chamber. At least one person has been shot.
As all of this unfolded, some Republicans pleaded with Trump to denounce the violent mob that breached the Capitol. Instead, Trump released a video message legitimizing their conspiracy theories.
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