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Democrats take the Senate, protesters storm U.S. Capitol

PROTESTERS rally around the U.S. Capitol building, and later stormed in, breaking windows and battling police.

Precedents and windows were smashed Wednesday as the Democrats took control of the U.S. Senate at the ballot box in Georgia and extreme right-wing rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

Democratic challengers Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff have both been declared winners of their respective runoffs in Georgia, giving the Democrats 50 seats in the upper house. Vice President-elect will serve as president of the Senate, providing her party with the tie-breaking vote.

(Warnock defeated Kelly Loeffler by about 37,000 votes and Ossoff defeated David Perdue by about 33,000 votes).

As unprecedented as that was, more history was made when protesters backing President Donald Trump’s unsupported claim that the presidential election was “stolen” through fraud turned into rioters, battling police and storming the building in which Congress was meeting to do final certification of Joe Biden’s victory in the Electoral College.

At least one person was fatally shot, and the situation so chaotic that the entire District of Columbia National Guard was called to duty, along with FBI agents and other federal law enforcement.

The riot interrupted the certification process, which is normally just a formality. Some Republican members of Congress wanted to challenge it, based on Trump’s claims. The procedure will resume this evening, according to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. Barring any more disruptions, the last act of the 2020 election will be finished.

Vice President Mike Pence and members of Congress were evacuated as the protesters laid siege to the Capitol building and attempted to force their way into the chambers.

Trump gave ambiguous messages to the protesters, telling them to “go home” but also saying “We love you.” Biden said “Our democracy is under assault,” and urged the president to forcefully condemn the attack on the Capitol.


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