Trump supporters riot outside U.S. Capitol as Congress debates certified Electoral College Votes

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An image of President Donald Trump appears on video screens before his speech to supporters from the Ellipse at the White House in Washington on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, as the Congress prepares to certify the electoral college votes.

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Protests broke out on the steps of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday as the U.S. Congress convened Wednesday afternoon to certify the Electoral College votes, which are expected to confirm Joe Biden as the next president of the United States.

The certification, typically a ceremonial step in the election process, has become a hotspot of protests as President Donald Trump continues to make unsubstantiated claims of election fraud. In the days leading up to the certification, Trump pressured Vice President Mike Pence to flip the election’s results. Minutes before Congress convened, Pence issued a dramatic statement saying that he did not — and should not — have the authority to do that.

Capitol Police clash with protesters as they try to access the Capitol Builiding

Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump clash with police officers in front of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, U.S. January 6, 2021.

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A protester inside the Capitol Building

A protester holds a Trump flag inside the US Capitol Building near the Senate Chamber on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC.

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A view of protesters outside the Capitol Building

Protesters gather outside the U.S. Capitol, Wednesday, Jan 6, 2021.

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Protesters storm inside the Capitol

Supporters of US President Donald Trump enter the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, in Washington, DC.

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Electoral College votes arrive at the Capitol

Chamber Assistants carry Electoral College ballot boxes during a joint session of Congress to tally the electoral votes for the president and vice president in the Capitol in Washington on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021.

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Vice President Mike Pence presides over the Electoral College certification

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence presides over a joint session of Congress on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC.

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Trump Supporters protesting outside the Capitiol

Crowds arrive for the “Stop the Steal” rally on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC. Trump supporters gathered in the nation’s capital today to protest the ratification of President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory over President Trump in the 2020 election.

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President Donald Trump addressed supporters

U.S. President Donald Trump makes a fist during a rally to contest the certification of the 2020 U.S. presidential election results by the U.S. Congress in Washington U.S, January 6, 2021.

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Vice President Mike Pence speaks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi

US Vice President Mike Pence presides over a joint session of Congress to count the electoral votes for President with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, January 6, 2021.

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Trump supporters took to the streets of D.C.

Supporters of US President Donald Trump hold a rally outside the US Capitol as they protest the upcoming electoral college certification of Joe Biden as US President in Washington, DC on January 6, 2021.

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Trump attended the protest rally Wednesday

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a rally to contest the certification of the 2020 U.S. presidential election results by the U.S. Congress, in Washington, U.S, January 6, 2021.

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Protestors ask Congress to reconsider

Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump gather in Washington, U.S., January 6, 2021.

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U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Senator Paul Gosar (R-AZ) object to Arizona’s votes 

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) bows his head as Republicans applaud him and Senator Paul Gosar (R-AZ) objecting to Arizona’s votes during a joint session to certify the 2020 election results, inside the House Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., January 6, 2021.

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Large crowds gather to protest Electoral College vote

Crowds gather for the “Stop the Steal” rally on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC. Trump supporters gathered in the nation’s capital today to protest the ratification of President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory over President Trump in the 2020 election.

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Far-right, pro-Trump group Proud Boys

Members of the far-right group Proud Boys make ‘OK’ hand gestures indicating “white power” as supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump gather in front of the U.S. Capitol Building to protest against the certification of the 2020 U.S. presidential election results by the U.S. Congress, in Washington, U.S., January 6, 2021.

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Many Trump supporters arrived on site early

Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump gather in Presidents Park on the Ellipse by the White House for his rally and speech to contest the certification by the U.S. Congress of the results of the 2020 U.S. presidential election in Washington, U.S, January 6, 2021.

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Trump supporters at the Washington Monument

Some protestors wore militia gear

A militia like group makes their way to a rally for US President Donald Trump in Washington, DC on January 6, 2021, as a total of six buses and about 300 people followed by AFP, took part in the Supper Fun Happy America journey to Washington, DC from Boston to take part in the protest and rallies in the district.

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The president’s son Eric and his wife, Lara, spoke

Trump supporters in prayer

Supporters of US President Donald Trump hold a rally outside the US Capitol as they protest the upcoming electoral college certification of Joe Biden as US President in Washington, DC on January 6, 2021.

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A man holds a cross outside the U.S. Capitol

Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump pray outside the U.S. Capitol January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC. Congress will hold a joint session today to ratify President-elect Joe Biden’s 306-232 Electoral College win over President Donald Trump.

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Rudy Giuliani addressed Trump supporters

U.S. President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani gestures as he speaks as Trump supporters gather by the White House ahead of his speech to contest the certification by the U.S. Congress of the results of the 2020 U.S. presidential election in Washington, U.S, January 6, 2021.

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A Trump supporter carried out by paramedics

A supporter of U.S. President Donald Trump is carried by paramedics during a rally to contest the certification by the U.S. Congress of the results of the 2020 U.S. presidential election at the Washington Monument by the White House in Washington, U.S, January 6, 2021.

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