Arizona Republican Senator Kelli Ward urged the U.S. Congress to send Electoral College selections back to the state legislatures after protestors stormed Capitol Hill on Wednesday.
“You know what could have prevented this? hashtag Election Integrity and full transparent investigations into 2020 fraud. Audits, eyes on paper ballots, full audit of ALL digitally adjudicated and all duplicated ballots, full evaluation of Dominion machines. Remember: Democrats refused,” Ward tweeted.
Congress was in the process of conducting a Joint Session to certify the Electoral College vote for president when protesters breached the building, halting the count.
Lawmakers, who briefly recessed, took cover under desks and on the ground as someone shouted, “We have folks entering the Rotunda and coming down this way!”
Members of Congress were instructed to cover their faces with masks which they retrieved from under their chairs after teargas was deployed inside the Capitol Rotunda.
One woman was also shot in the chest and critically injured. Bystanders reported that she fell to the ground and became limp. She was transported to hospital and her condition is still unknown.
President Trump also tried to de-escalate the standoff between the protesters and the Capitol Hill police on the West Front of the Capitol Building as he activated the National Guard.
“Please support our Capitol Police and Law Enforcement. They are truly on the side of our Country. Stay peaceful!” he tweeted.
The police ordered a lockdown of the entire Capitol Complex, including the House And Senate buildings, and urged lawmakers, staff and media not to enter or exit buildings. Everyone outside was advised to seek shelter.
“All buildings within the Capitol Complex, Capitol: External security threat; no entry or exit is permitted, stay away from exterior windows, doors. If outside, seek cover,” police urged.
Police told congressional staff members they should evacuate the Cannon House Office Building and the building that houses the Library of Congress.
A protester dressed like a Viking got into the Senate chamber and sat in the chair of presiding officer vice president Mike Pence who had been conducting the proceedings before he was evacuated by Secret Service agents.
One protester climbed up on the dais while another was seen hanging from the balcony. Several protesters also stormed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office.
“I am inside Nancy Pelosi’s office with the thousands of revolutionaries who have stormed the building,” Blaze TV reporter Elijah Schaffer tweeted.
The Army activated the entire District of Columbia National Guard of 1,100 troops in response to a request from Mayor Muriel Bowser of Washington, D.C. an Army official said on Wednesday.
Jonathan Hoffman, the chief Pentagon spokesman said Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy and Christopher C. Miller, acting defense secretary made the decision to deploy the troops and the response would be led by the Justice Department.