Shots were fired and a woman was reportedly “seriously” wounded after supporters of Donald Trump stormed the US Capitol in Washington DC

The landmark was put on hold as crowds protested Joe Biden’s win in the November presidential election, indicted by security barriers around the building where politicians met to vote on the Democrat’s victory

A number of protesters shouted “traitors” as police in riot gear tried to bar their way

The skirmishes took place precisely where President-elect Biden will be inaugurated in just two weeks

More than an hour after the violence broke out, White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany said the National Guard would be deployed to fight the violence “along with other federal protection agencies.”

Mr Biden had planned to deliver a speech on revitalizing an economy and relieving financial strain on small business owners affected by the coronavirus pandemic in his hometown of Delaware

But just before it was due to begin, protesters broke into the Capitol and reached the floor of the house

At least one explosive device was found near the scene, but authorities confirmed that it was “no longer a threat”

Joe Biden urged Mr. Trump to step up and call for an end to the chaos

He said, “At this hour our democracy is being attacked unprecedentedly unlike anything we’ve seen in modern times An attack on the Citadel of Freedom, the Capitol itself”

“Let me be very clear, the scenes of chaos in the capital do not reflect the real America and do not represent who we are. What we see is a small number of extremists committed to lawlessness.” p>

“This is not a contradiction, this is disorder, this is lawlessness, it borders on turmoil and it must end now”

“I urge President Trump to go on national television now to keep his oath to defend the constitution and to call for an end to this siege”

In the clip that Twitter flagged for unsubstantiated allegations of election fraud, Mr Trump said, “I know your pain, I know you are hurt We had a choice that was stolen from us It was a landslide election and everyone knows it, especially the other side

“But you have to go home now. We have to have peace. We have to have law and order. We don’t want anyone to be hurt

“It is a very difficult time, there has never been a time like this when something like this happened, when they could take it away from us all – from me, from you, from our country

“This was a fraudulent choice, but we cannot play into the hands of these people. We must be at peace

“So go home, we love you, you are very special,” he continued: “But go home and go home in peace”

The heated argument took place shortly after Mr Trump spoke to thousands of his supporters at a rally near the White House on Wednesday prior to the Congress vote

“We will not let them silence your voices,” the incumbent president said to the protesters who stood in line before sunrise to get a prime position to hear him speak. “We will never give up “

But Mr. Trump has vowed to “never admit” and previously urged the massive crowd to march to the Capitol

In response to the chaos later that day, he tweeted, “Please support our Capitol Police and law enforcement. You really are on our country’s side. Stay Peaceful!” “

The situation quickly turned anything but peaceful when an armed standoff was reported at the entrance to the chamber of the house where the legislature was stuck

Members of Congress were ordered to put on gas masks after tear gas was distributed to quell the clashes

After protesters stormed into the building, politicians including Vice President Mike Pence and Spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi were evacuated

Photos of journalists inside showed protesters wearing hats that read “Make America Great Again,” playing with officers

A protester who had managed to get into the Senate Chamber climbed onto the platform and shouted, “Trump won this election”

Several dozen are said to roam the halls shouting, “Where are they?” while others have been spotted in the visitor galleries

MSNBC journalist Michael Del Moro tweeted a photo of a person apparently being carried out of the building by ambulance workers with “what appears to be a serious injury.”

CNN later reported that a woman was left in “critical condition” after being shot in the chest in the Capitol grounds

Elijah Schaffer, a presenter on right-wing TV broadcaster Blaze, posted a picture that he claimed was taken in the abandoned house manager’s office

“BREAKING: I’m in Nancy Pelosi’s office with the thousands of revolutionaries who stormed the building,” he wrote

“To put into perspective how quickly employees were evacuated, emails are still displayed on the screen alongside a federal warning warning members of the current revolution”

In response to the chaos, the area’s mayor, Muriel Bowser, ordered a citywide curfew from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. tomorrow

David Trone, a Democratic Congressman from Maryland, said lawmakers “will not be stopped by this lawless intimidation”

He tweeted a picture of himself in a gas mask and wrote, “I’m safe. We have been evacuated

Soon pressure rose on Mr Trump to condemn his supporters’ actions and his former advisor Kellyanne Conway tweeted, “STOP Just listen to peace law and order security for all”

Among those who urged President Trump to act was former communications director Alyssa Farah, who wrote to “condemn this now”

His former chief of staff Mick Mulvaney tweeted, “The President’s tweet is not enough. He can stop this now and must do just that. Tell these people to go home”

Meanwhile, Ms. Pelosi tweeted that she and New York Senator Chuck Schumer were calling on the president to “demand that all protesters leave the US Capitol and Capitol immediately ”

CNN reported that Mr. Trump was watching the carnage on television from the nearby west wing

“No violence! Remember WE are the party of the law & Order – respect the law and our great men and women in blue Thank you! “

Meanwhile, Vice President Pence tweeted, “Peaceful protest is the right of every American, but this attack on our Capitol will not be tolerated and those involved will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law”

In a post that has since been deleted, Trump’s daughter Ivanka addressed the demonstrators as “American patriots” and urged them to be peaceful

“American Patriots – any security breach or disregard of our law enforcement agencies is unacceptable,” she wrote

Trump’s attorney, Rudy Giuliani, also addressed Trump supporters in a tweet, calling them the “patriots who question the fraudulent elections”

The situation has met with shock around the world and international leaders have rated the protesters’ actions as “appalling”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson condemned the “shameful scenes” and tweeted, “The United States stands for democracy worldwide, and it is now crucial that there be a peaceful and orderly transfer of power”

Meanwhile, Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer tweeted: “Horrible scenes from the US These are not” protesters “- this is a direct attack on democracy and lawmakers carrying out the will of the American people”

And former Tory MP and Winston Churchill’s grandson Sir Nicholas Soames shared a more personal attack, writing, “At last the world can see Trump is a madman”

He continued: “Never in a lifetime could one imagine such horrific scenes in the Capitol A testament for the indescribably hideous behavior of Pres Trump now confirmed that this was a very, very bad man

“A terrible, incalculable tragedy to see such scenes in the capital of our closest ally, partner and friend in the defense of freedom and democracy for generations”

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