Members of Congress were taken to safety after a mob stormed the building.
Speaking from Wilmington President-elect Joe Biden said he was “shocked and saddened by turn of events and demanded that President Donald Trump go on national television and demand the mob to end the siege.
Trump later posted a video asking that the group “go home in peace,” while continuing to claim that the election was stolen. Twitter later removed the post and temporarily locked Trump’s account.
One person died after the House and Senate began a debate on the largely ceremonial certification of the election.
Delaware U.S. Sen. Chris Coons posted that he was safe “as are the senators and staff. There were some scary and chaotic moments when the Capitol was breached by protestors and the Capitol police evacuated us from the Senate. I never thought I would see this in our nation – a President egging on protestors and allies in the Congress to seek to overturn an election. We need to come together and secure our democracy. I remain confident we will return to the Senate tonight and complete our work.”
Delaware Attorney General Kathy Jennings issued the following:
“We are witnessing a despicable, unprecedented, and deranged insurrection in our nation’s Capitol. People have been hurt and more will be, due in no small part to the actions of Trump, and some Republican officials and bystanders, who have cynically stoked the flames of conspiracy and sedition for months. Our actions have consequences and the time for excuses has come and gone. My heart breaks for the shameful display unfolding in Washington. This is not a protest. It is a violent insurrection. It is treason. And it is an assault on the foundation of this country. I am praying for the safety of everyone in the Capitol and hope for the swift and full prosecution of everyone responsible for this dark day in our country’s history.”
Delaware Gov. John Carney also commented with the following: