“We’re claiming the Home, and the Senate is ours,” a sweaty man in a checked shirt shouted, stabbing his finger within the air.
Close by within the first-floor Crypt, the center of the Capitol constructing, the police gave the impression to be overwhelmed. One wiped tear fuel from his eyes.
When a person approached to ask the place the lavatory was, he mentioned softly, “We simply want you guys to get out of right here safely.”
An officer with the Capitol Police tried to purpose with the gang.
“You guys simply have to go outdoors,” he mentioned to a person in a inexperienced backpack. Requested why the police weren’t forcing the mob out, the officer mentioned, “We simply obtained to allow them to do their factor for now.”
One other officer stood by a stairway, watching all the things unfold and answering just a few questions, together with directing a girl to the lavatory. One protester got here as much as him and shouted in his face, “Traitor!” When one other man approached to apologize to the officer, the officer replied, “You’re wonderful.”
“Everyone’s been OK at present, besides that man,” he mentioned, motioning to the yeller.
Many of the crowd within the Crypt simply milled round. A younger man in a purple Trump hat smoked a cigarette. A number of males shouted and screamed. A person in a backpack with two American flags jumped beneath a chandelier, yelling, “Whose home,” as the gang answered, “Our home.” The sound boomed and reverberated across the tile and marble because the police appeared on.
Round 3:30 p.m., about 25 law enforcement officials had entered the Crypt and began asking individuals to maneuver again. A couple of minutes later, dozens extra, sporting riot gear and a few in fuel masks, ejected the roughly 150 protesters within the Crypt. However not earlier than one man marched via the halls of Congress with a Accomplice flag whereas one other protester raised a Trump flag from the balcony of the Capitol.