Videos posted to social media from reporters and lawmakers depicted a chaotic, terrifying scene of pro-Trump rioters breaking into the Capitol building.
“We are back in cannon. This is what’s happening at the steps of the Capitol, which isn’t allowed to have people,” wrote NBC News correspondent Leigh Ann Caldwell on Twitter.
Congress calls surprise recess as protesters storm Capitol building
As protesters stormed the Capitol building, clashing with police on the steps, Congress called a surprise recess.
Trump supporters clash with police on Capitol steps
Moment pro-Trump rioters storm US Capitol captured on TV broadcast
The National correspondent Joyce Karam captured footage of rioters breaking glass windows at the Capitol.
Huff Post political reporter Igor Bobic posted a video of protesters climbing onto outdoor scaffolding, writing, “Several people got on to a scaffolding outside Senate, took it to second floor, which looked like the area where McConnell’s office is located, and started banging on windows.”
Bobic also shared a frightening video showing what appears to be a Senate chamber security guard being overtaken by protesters.
The National Guard has been deployed to Washington, and Virginia’s governor has also dispatched. members of the Virginia Guard and 200 Virginia State Troopers.