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⏱Turmoil in the Capital
A comprehensive breakdown of the events that rocked the nation
Good morning everyone. We’ll get straight to things today.
The nation's capital was rocked yesterday as a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol Building while Senators were confirming the electoral college victory for Joe Biden. Here’s a quick breakdown of the top events:
Around 2:15 EST, the pro-Trump mob reached the top steps of the Capitol Building and began to breach the interior. Senate proceedings were halted, and Senators were either evacuated or told to shelter in place.
Within the hour, President Trump tweets, “Mike Pence didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done [object the electoral college results]” as the rioters roam around the building.
During the events in the Capitol, which included protestors breaking into Senator's offices and the chamber, a woman is shot and killed by a member of law enforcement.
During the chaos, the Georgia senate race was officially called for Jon Ossoff, giving Democrats control of the senate for 2021-2022.
President-Elect Joe Biden gives a speech and calls the events a “siege on democracy.”
Mayor Muriel Bowser orders a 6pm curfew in the city after the FBI discovers explosive devices on the grounds.
President Trump tweets, “These are the things and events that happen when a sacred landslide election victory is so unceremoniously & viciously stripped away from great patriots who have been badly & unfairly treated for so long. Go home with love & in peace. Remember this day forever!” following a pre-recorded video speech.
The Capitol Building is secured and cleared around 5:30pm EST.
Three of President Trump’s tweets (including his speech, which was also removed from YouTube and Facebook) are deleted and he is locked out of his Twitter account for 12 hours and Facebook for 24 for “inciting violence and spreading misinformation.”
Around 8pm, the Senate reconvenes, and the attempt to block the electoral votes is voted down 94-6, as politicians and world leaders issue statements condemning the events.
A 93 year old veteran, John Hobson, raised more than $16,000 for a local food pantry in 2020 by selling walking sticks that he handmade himself. That means that he helped donate more than 40 tons of food!
Have a great rest of your day, and we’ll see you tomorrow bright and early!
-The 90 Second News Team
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