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Insurrection at the U.S. Capitol — page 1 
A speech by Pres. Trump kicked off a violent and deadly riot.
On January 6th, both houses of Congress met in the U.S. Capitol to confirm the vote of the Electoral College. This meeting takes place every four years, and it is not usually controversial. But this year’s meeting was far from usual. It was interrupted by a large crowd of Trump supporters that had invaded the Capitol building. Many people called this attack on the Capitol an “insurrection,” which is a violent uprising against a government.

Even though Joe Biden had been officially declared the winner of the 2020 presidential election, President Trump continued to say that he won the election. He asked Vice President Mike Pence to not confirm the electoral count in Congress. Pence refused, saying that he did not have the power to do this. Trump encouraged supporters to meet in Washington, D.C., on the day the electoral vote was to be confirmed in Congress, for a rally called “Save America.” At this rally, Trump said that the presidential election had been stolen and he urged supporters to go to the Capitol building.

Before Trump’s speech was even over, thousands of Trump supporters moved towards the Capitol. Some had guns or other weapons. They surged past the small Capitol Police force, breaking doors and windows to force their way inside. They were reportedly looking for Vice President Pence, any congresspeople they could find, and the electoral ballots. But by that time, Pence and the lawmakers had been removed to a secure location, and a quick-thinking staff member grabbed all the Electoral College ballots.
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