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How a Pro-Trump Mob Stormed the U.S. Capitol

White House

WASHINGTON, D.C.

Site of

Trump rally

U.S. Capitol

Building

Mob entered

Capitol building

National Mall

Buildings

evacuated

Explosive

device found

 

Tidal Basin

White House

Site of

Trump rally

U.S. Capitol

Mob entered

Capitol building

WASHINGTON, D.C.

Buildings

evacuated

Explosive

device found

 

White

House

WASHINGTON, D.C.

Site of

Trump rally

U.S. Capitol

Buildings

evacuated

Update: We analyzed the alternating perspectives of President Trump at the podium, the lawmakers inside the Capitol and a growing mob’s destruction and violence.

President Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election came to a dangerous head on Wednesday when a mob of his supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol following a rally in which Mr. Trump once again falsely claimed widespread voter fraud.

U.S. CAPITOL

Mob swarmed

through doors.

Senate Chamber

Vice President Pence

escorted out.

House Chamber

Armed standoff between

police and mob.

Statuary Hall

Mob waved

Trump banners.

Rotunda

Tear gas deployed.

Mob members

entered building

near here.

Mob flooded area after

breaching barricades.

N

Police barricades

Protesters seen on Capitol grounds.

CAPITOL GROUNDS

Protesters arrived from Trump rally.

U.S. CAPITOL

Mob swarmed

through doors.

House Chamber

Armed standoff between

police and mob.

Senate Chamber

Vice President Pence

escorted out.

Statuary Hall

Mob waved

Trump banners.

Rotunda

Tear gas deployed.

Mob members

entered building

near here.

Mob flooded area after

breaching barricades.

N

Police barricades

Protesters seen on Capitol grounds.

CAPITOL GROUNDS

Protesters arrived from Trump rally.

U.S. CAPITOL

Mob swarmed

through doors.

Senate Chamber

Vice President Pence

escorted out.

House Chamber

Armed standoff between

police and mob.

Statuary Hall

Mob waved

Trump banners.

Rotunda

Tear gas deployed.

Mob members

entered building

near here.

Mob flooded area after

breaching barricades.

N

Police barricades

Protesters seen on Capitol grounds.

CAPITOL GROUNDS

Protesters arrived from Trump rally.

U.S. CAPITOL

Mob swarmed through doors.

Senate Chamber

Vice President Pence escorted out.

House Chamber

Armed standoff between police and mob.

Statuary Hall

Mob waved

Trump banners.

Rotunda

Tear gas deployed.

Mob members

entered building

near here.

Mob flooded area after

breaching barricades.

N

Police barricades

Protesters seen on Capitol grounds.

CAPITOL GROUNDS

Protesters arrived from Trump rally.

U.S. CAPITOL

Mob swarmed through doors.

House Chamber

Armed standoff between police and mob.

Senate Chamber

Vice President Pence escorted out.

Statuary Hall

Mob waved

Trump banners.

Rotunda

Tear gas deployed.

Mob flooded area after

breaching barricades.

N

Police barricades

Protesters seen on Capitol grounds.

CAPITOL GROUNDS

Protesters arrived from Trump rally.

U.S. CAPITOL

Mob swarmed through doors.

Senate Chamber

House Chamber

1

4

Rotunda

Statuary

Hall

2

5

3

Mob flooded area after

breaching barricades.

N

Police barricades

Protesters arrived from Trump rally.

Senate Chamber: Vice President Pence escorted out.

1

Rotunda: Tear gas deployed.

2

Statuary Hall: Mob waved Trump banners.

3

House Chamber: Armed standoff between police and

mob.

4

Mob members entered building near here.

5

The New York Times; aerial image by Google

The Capitol was placed on lockdown Wednesday afternoon in a scene of unrest seldom witnessed in the history of the United States. Hundreds of people barreled past fence barricades and clashed with police officers in an attempt to disrupt the certification of the Electoral College results.

Shouting demonstrators mobbed the second-floor lobby just outside the Senate chamber, as law enforcement officers placed themselves in front of the chamber doors. A woman who was shot by a police officer inside the Capitol was later pronounced dead at a local hospital, and D.C. police said an additional three people died from medical emergencies on the Capitol grounds.

U.S. CAPITOL

Second Floor

East side

Old Senate

Chamber

Senate

Chamber

National

Statuary Hall

House

Chamber

Rotunda

West side

Hallways

Capitol grounds and

National Mall

U.S. CAPITOL

Second Floor

Senate

Chamber

House

Chamber

Rotunda

Outside the Capitol

In the early afternoon, Trump supporters congregated along a police barricade outside the western steps of the Capitol, and many soon forced their way onto the steps of the building.

Olivier Douliery/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Capitol Police responded with tear gas, but were overwhelmed by the mob. The police said that more than 50 officers were injured during the riot, including some who were hospitalized.

Samuel Corum/Getty Images

The president’s supporters swarmed the western and eastern sides of the Capitol’s exterior, and could be seen climbing on walls and waving pro-Trump flags.

Jim Urquhart/Reuters

The mob breaches the Capitol

After members of the mob broke a window, the crowd began to flood into the building.

Pool photo by Kevin Dietsch/EPA, via Shutterstock

The mob also broke through the main doors on the east side of the Capitol’s central building, which lead into the Capitol Rotunda.

Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

Capitol Rotunda

Dozens of Trump supporters moved freely within the Rotunda, and some of them vandalized the statues ringing the area.

Saul Loeb/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

House chamber

Police barricaded the main doors to the House chamber. Officers drew their weapons to protect the chamber as the mob gathered outside the door.

Lawmakers were given gas masks and evacuated from the chamber through the lower levels of the Capitol.

Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Some members of the mob were detained outside the House chamber. Police seized five guns and arrested at least 13 people, while dozens of others were allowed to go free. Later in the evening D.C. police said that 52 people had been arrested on the day after a citywide curfew went into effect at 6 p.m. Eastern.

Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Senate chamber

A man carrying a large Confederate flag stood outside the Senate chamber.

Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA, via Shutterstock

Members of the mob roamed freely in the Senate chamber and gained access to the gallery on the upper level.

Win Mcnamee/Getty Images
Win Mcnamee/Getty Images

Speaker Pelosi’s office suite

Later in the afternoon, a suite of offices used by Speaker Nancy Pelosi near the House chamber was also breached. A man was pictured sitting with his feet raised on a desk in one of the rooms.

Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA, via Shutterstock

The mob was on Capitol grounds for hours until they were cleared out by police. Congress reconvened around 8 p.m. Eastern to certify the Electoral College results, and members of the National Guard from D.C. and Virginia were mobilized to prevent Trump supporters from entering the Capitol again.

Leah Millis/Reuters