Trump supporters stormed US Capitol building

Trump supporters stormed barricades surrounding US Capitol building in Washington, DC

The United States Capitol building is in lockdown after hundreds of supporters of President Trump stormed the barricades surrounding its perimeter and were met with police who used pepper spray during Wednesday’s historic joint session of Congress which was convened to ratify President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.

Trump supporters stormed US Capitol building

The supporters of the president arrived at the Capitol after being urged to ‘cheer on our brave senators and congressmen’ by President Trump and his supporters, including personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, who called for a ‘trial by combat’ in contesting the election results.

‘We’re going to walk down to the Capitol and we’re going to cheer on our brave senators and congressmen and women,’ Trump said during the ‘Save America’ rally near the White House on Wednesday.

Trump supporters stormed US Capitol building

The US Capitol Police released a statement saying: ‘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.’

Trump supporters stormed US Capitol building

Multiple police officers were injured just outside of the Capitol after violent clashes with supporters of the president who tried to approach the steps of the building.