President Donald J. Trump told a crowd of 250,000 supporters at the White House South Lawn this morning our Senators and Legislatures could be “Heroes or Zeroes” before the joint session began in the U.S. Capitol today.
Vice President Mike Pence chose to be a Zero, in the eyes of millions.
Just moments after Pence said he would not block certification of Electoral College votes, President Trump responded on Twitter:
“Mike Pence didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and our Constitution, giving States a chance to certify a corrected set of facts, not the fraudulent or inaccurate ones which they were asked to previously certify. USA demands the truth!”
Shortly before the joint session began to certify the 2020 presidential election, Pence said he doesn’t have the power to discard electoral votes that will make Democrat Joe Biden the next president.
In a statement, Pence wrote that it was “my considered judgement that my oath to support and defend the Constitution constrains me from claiming unilateral authority to determine which electoral votes should be counted and which should not.”
Shortly afterwards, the Secret Service promptly escorted Pence out of the Capitol as protestors began storming the building.
Various reports indicate shots were fired within the chamber and at least one person was carried out in a stretcher.
Senators and legislatures were also evacuated, many back to their offices.
At this point know one knows if the initial stores were Trump Supporters, fake Patriots, Antifi members, BLM gangs or a combination. Some witnesses speculated it was not the Patriots who broke through the four barriers and the doorways, but individuals who appeared prepared to stir up the crowd below.
Arrests have been made.
President Trump went back to Twitter at 3:13 p.m. urging “everyone at the U.S. Capitol to remain peaceful. Remember, WE are the Party of Law & Order — respect the Law and our great men and women in BLUE. Thank you!”