Trump’s supporters swarmed the Capitol building when the Congress was certifying the election results

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The American Congress has begun the process of officially recognizing the results of the presidential election. Both chambers had been meeting to certify the election results when the violence erupted. Supporters of President Donald Trump swarmed the Capitol building, prompting Vice President Mike Pence to be evacuated to a secure location and the Senate chamber to be evacuated. At a rally about an hour before the protesters broke through police lines at the Capitol, Trump had urged them to go to the building. The crowd soon broke through security fencing and breached the building. “We will never concede,” Trump said. “Due to an external security threat located on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol Building, no entry or exit is permitted at this time,” the police said in a statement.

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Capitol Police also issued safety guidance to staff in multiple federal buildings. A suspicious package was also reported in the area, Capitol Police said. Democratic Sen. Tammy Duckworth tweeted, “I never thought I’d need to defend democracy from an attempted, violent overthrow in our own nation’s Capitol. I will not yield to those who seek to harm our democracy.” Gov. J.B. Pritzker said, “I’m disgusted watching the violence playing out inside and around the Capitol. First and foremost, I pray for the safety of our first responders, elected officials, staff and the public.”