2021 United States Capitol protests/mob rush (timeline)

Time zone is Eastern Standard Time.

2021-06-01 0900 – 1059

09:01 Michael Brice-Saddler tweets that there it is difficult to illustrate “just how dense this crowd of Trump Supporters is in downtown D.C. hours before President Trump is expected to speak.”

10:28 Matthew Miller tweets a video: “Massive line of Trump supporters lines up 3 hours ahead of the President’s speech.”

10:32 Matthew Miller tweets a video: Alex Jones on scene for the march.

10:47 @therecount tweets a video quoting Donald J. Trump, Jr., as saying, “we’re coming for you [Congressional Republicans], and we’re gonna have a good time doing it.”

10:53 Brandon Wall tweets a video showing Rudy Giuliani say at rally: “Over the next ten days, we get to see the machines that are crooked, the ballots that are fraudulent, and if we’re wrong, we will be made fools of. But if we’re right, a lot of them will go to jail. So, let’s have trial by combat!”

2021-06-01 1100 – 1259

12:07 @therecount tweets a video showing Trump saying, “We will never give up, we will never concede, it doesn’t happen, you don’t concede when there’s theft involved.”

12:09 Steven Nelson tweets a video showing that “A march including Proud Boys passes Capitol as President Trump’s speech begins near White House.”

12:20 @therecount tweets a video showing Trump saying, “Mike Pence is going to have to come through for us, and if he doesn’t, that will be a sad day for our country.”

12:51 Elijah Schaffer tweets that there are at least 100,000 people “just in the overflow of the event” and remarks that videos do not adequately illustrate the crowd size.

12:59 AP Photo: “Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Vice President Mike Pence talk before a joint session of the House and Senate convenes to confirm the Electoral College votes cast in November’s election, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, Pool).”

2021-06-01 1300 – 1459

13:00 Rebecca Tan tweets a video: “Hundreds of Trump supporters have stormed the barricades at the back of the Capitol and are marching toward the building.”

13:01 AP Photo: “Boxes containing state electoral College votes are opened as a joint session of the House and Senate convenes to confirm the Electoral College votes cast in November’s election, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, Pool).”

13:10 Elijah Schaffer tweets a video showing that “Trump supporters have breached the Capitol building, tearing down 4 layers of security fencing and are attempting to occupy the building.”

13:11 Jennifer Jacobs tweets a video showing that “Floods of people left in the middle of Trump’s remarks at the Ellipse and are now headed to the US Capitol.”

13:12 AP Photo: “Trump allies Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., flanked by Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., sit in the House chamber during a joint session of the House and Senate to count the Electoral College votes cast in November’s election, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, Pool)”

13:15 Philip Lewis tweets a video of “Trump supporters going at it with the police on the steps of the Capitol.”

12:16 Michael Brice-Saddler tweets that “Trump just finished speaking moments ago— much of the crowd now plans to march toward the Capitol.”

13:24 Jake Shermann tweets indicating that the Cannon House Office Building is being evacuated, staffers told to take “escape hoods, and go underground to tunnels.” At 12:49, “Cannon has been given the all clear.”

13:57 Matt Laslo tweets a video showing a Capitol Police officer being injured by Trump supporters.

13:31 Phil Lewis tweets a video of violent clashes outside the Capitol: “This is WILD.”

14:04 Audio message plays in Capitol Complex warning people of an “external security threat” and instructing them to stay away from exterior windows, prohibiting entry or exit.[1]

14:04 AP Photo: “Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Vice President Mike Pence officiate as a joint session of the House and Senate convenes to confirm the Electoral College votes cast in November’s election, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, Pool).”

14:07 Steven Nelson tweets a video showing that “a few dozen Trump supporters bypassed barricades and advanced to steps of Congress.”

14:13: Kevin Seefried and his son, Hunter, enter Senate Building through broken window.

14:15 Matt Laslo tweets a video: “They breached the Capitol.”

14:16 Igor Bobic tweets a photo: “Protesters have breached the Capitol. They’re outside the Senate chamber.”

14:19 @therecount tweets a video showing a protester mouthing to someone inside the Capitol to push open the emergency exit.

14:19 Steven Nelson tweets a video showing that “Trump protesters are demanding to see senators.”

14:19 Matt Laslo tweets indicating that loudspeaker announcement in Capitol Building instructs people to “lock all doors if able, immediately seek shelter, remain quiet, and await further direction.” [video]

14:23 Steven Nelson tweets a video showing that “Trump protesters just discharged a fire extinguisher outside Senate chamber. Many protesters are inside building, and most people are hiding from them.”

14:23 Marcus J. DiPaola tweets a video: “Pro-Trump mob riots at the top of U.S. Capitol steps, forces their way into the building.”

14:24 Scott MacFarlane tweets a copy of Capitol Police warning to staffers to lockdown and shelter in place.

14:28 Washington Post report Rebecca Tran tweets a video showing that “They’ve stormed the steps. Hundreds are climbing over each other to get to the to.”

14:28 Elijah Schaffer tweets a video showing “revolution in process as Trump supporters break into the Capitol building, attacking police, breaking windows, and knocking down doors.”

14:29 Steven Nelson tweets a video of partisans swarming Capitol and reporting that Capitol Police indicated the rotunda door had been breached.

14:29 Rep. Dan Kildee tweets: “I am safe and in the House Chamber. Protesters breached the U.S. Capitol building and forced the House and Senate chambers to go into recess.”

14:30 Carolyn Blackburne tweets a video at National Statuary Hall: “Pro-Trump protesters have stormed the U.S. Capitol,” showing them just strolling through.

14:35 AP Photo: “Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., center, and other lawmakers prepare to evacuate the floor.” [13:36] [13:37]

14:37 AP Photo: Lawmakers evacuate the floor as protesters try to break into the House Chamber.” [13:39]

“Police with guns drawn watch as protesters try to break into the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)”

14:38 Trump tweets: “Please support our Capitol Police and Law Enforcement. They are truly on the side of our Country. Stay peaceful!”

14:39 Brendan Gutenschwager tweets a video of partisans breaking windows with a riot control shield, baseball bat, and plank of wood.

14:39 Rep. Gerry Connolly tweets: “We’ve been given gas masks on the House floor. Tear gas has been used in the Rotunda.”

14:45 CNN assistant Sarah Fortinsky tweets a video “As protestors began storming the Capitol,” apparently taken from third floor of the building.

14:46 AP Photo: “Lawmakers prepare to evacuate the House gallery.”

14:45 Igor Bobic tweets two photos: “Protesters are on the third floor of the Senate, walking door to door, shouting ‘Where the fuck are they?'”

14:46 Steven Nelson tweets a photograph and remarks that “There is a fight between Trump protesters and Capitol Police outside McConnell’s office” and that it “resembles a last stand, but problem is that protesters coming from all directions.”

14:47 Igor Bobic tweets a photo and quotes trespasser at Senate dais as shouting “Trump won that election!”

14:57 Igor Bobic tweets a video of partisans who “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.”

14:59 Steven Nelson tweets a photo, indicating that “Trump protesters have invaded Senate floor” and quotes a man in the photo as saying, “We didn’t destroy a damned thing.”

2021-06-01 1500- 1659

1500: @therecount tweets a video: “Pro-Trump rioters have unfurled a giant US flag over scaffolding on the Capitol.”

15:01 Steven Nelson tweets a photo of a shirtless man {Jake Angeli a/k/a “Q Shaman,” or “Yellowstone Wolf“} with his face painted like an American flag and wearing his trademark fur frontier-type bison hat on the middle of Senate floor and quotes him as shouting: “Where’s Pence? Show yourself!”

The heavily-tattooed Trump supporter, who has become a fixture at recent right-wing rallies decked out in his signature attire, has been identified as Jake Angeli
In the gallery.

15:02 Rep. Dan Kildee tweets: “I have been evacuated from the House Chambers and have been escorted to an alternate, safe location.”

15:06 Philip Lewis tweets: “MSNBC just showed video of a bloodied woman on a stretcher being taken from the Capitol.”

  • 15:16 Tyler Hansen tweets a video: “A young woman was just shot in the neck right besides me in the Capitol Building.” 14:17 continued.
  • The young woman was later identified as Ashli Babbit of San Diego, a 14-year veteran of the US Air Force whose husband with whom she co-owned a business did not travel to Washington D.C. with her.

15:09 Igor Bobic tweets a video showing “the scary moment when protesters initially got into the building from the first floor and made their way outside Senate chamber.”

15:11 Matthew Miller tweets a video: “Trump supporters storming the Capitol building.”

15:12 Matthew Miller tweets a video: “At the door of the Senate where people have just broken in to the building. People are saying that clashes with police are occurring inside now.”

15:13 Trump tweets: “I am asking for everyone at the U.S. Capitol to remain peaceful. No violence! Remember, WE are the Party of Law & Order – respect the Law and our great men and women in Blue. Thank you!”

15:21 Matthew Miller tweets a video of mob singing National Anthem.

15:22 Matthew Miller tweets a video: “This guy told me he and others broke into Nancy Pelosi’s office inside Congress just now.”

15:32 AP Photo: “The House Chamber is empty after a hasty evacuation.” [14:33] [14:34]

15:34 The Post Millennial tweets a video of protester giving interview, quotes as saying “This is our country and we are willing to do whatever it takes to keep it…”

15:46 @elaadeliahu tweets a photo showing how “Stop the steal protesters mark ‘Murder the Media’ on Capitol Building doors.” – The document door.

16:11 AP Photo: “Papers and other equipment after the House floor was evacuated.”

16:14 Jake Sherman tweets a video showing “the FBI SWAT team in the Capitol.”

At the White House, a sense of doom had settled in. Staffers already crushed by a relentless string of embarrassing failures by Trump’s legal team felt increasingly powerless. “Most people were just sitting there silent at their desks, just watching the video and images and the news coverage. People were just literally stunned and silent watching it because it was just so disturbing, what we were seeing,” one White House staffer said. After hours of cajoling, Trump reluctantly agreed to shoot a video calling for an end to the protests. But his ad libbing made things worse. “I know your pain. I know you’re hurt. We had an election that was stolen from us. It was a landslide election and everyone knows it, especially the other side. But you have to go home now. We have to have peace. We have to have law and order,” Trump said in a video released at 4:17 p.m. “We love you, you’re very special.”

The Hill

16:18 James Klüg tweets a video of protests kicking and prying doors open.

16:29 James Klüg tweets a video showing Capitol police launching fire pepper balls “at protesters that breached Capitol building door.”

16:45 Mayor Bowers (D.C.) and police chief give press release on “situational updates” (Twitter).

16:46 Steven Nelson tweets a photo showing that how he “passed hundreds of law enforcement officers streaming into Capitol via subway tunnel . . . FBI, DHS police and Fairfax county (Va.) among those arriving now,” indicating that the “few reporters and photographers who remained at Senate have been evacuated.”

16:55 Matthew Rosenberg tweets a photo of “plaque ripped from the wall at the entrance to Pelosi’s office” . . . “emerged from behind the scaffolding on the steps of the Capitol. They held up a piece of the wooden plaque torn from the entrance to Ms Pelosi’s office. The crowd cheered wildly and people jockeyed to take pictures of the trophy.”

2021-06-01 1700 – 1859

17:01 Matthew Miller tweets a video: “Protesters now breaking windows and fighting with police on scaffolding of Capitol building.”

17:05 Matthew Miller tweets a video: “Teargassing protesters attempting to break into the Capitol.”

17:09 @elaadeliahu tweets a video of partisans attacking “main stream media reporter” and destroying camera equipment.

17:13 @elaadeliahu tweets another video of “Mob of Trump supporters destroy media equipment outside the capitol building.” Related: [fuck fake news] [journalists fled] [swarmed and chased away] [never seen anything like this]

17:20 Matthew Miller tweets a video: “A line of people exit the Capitol building. One bloodied in the head and more came out who previously stormed the building.” They are yelling that they will be back, next time armed; celebrating triumph for having interrupted certification proceedings.

17:23 @elaadeliahu tweets a video of a “Group of rioters try[ing] to breach the side door of the capitol building by smashing windows with rocks” and of “capitol police try[ing] to defend [with] tear gas.”

17:33 @elaadeliahu tweets a video showing rioters using metal crowd control fence to ram Capitol Building, police deploying more tear gas.

17:40 AP Photo: “A member of the bomb squad walks on the House floor.” [16:41]

17:48 @elaadeliahu tweets a video: “police begin to clear stop the steal rioters after numerous attacks,” showing violent confrontation and pepper spray hose.

17:54 Matthew Miller tweets a video interviewing protester who says hew was pepper sprayed; says two Americans shot inside, that he was peacefully protesting, that “we are in a treasonous situation.”

18:00 Citywide curfew in effect until Thur. 2021-01-07 0600.

18:19 @elaadeliahu tweets a video: “More stop the steal rioters being cleared from the side of the Capitol building by Capitol police. Police utilize batons, pepper spray, flash bangs.”

18:24 Marcus J. DiPaola tweets a video: “Police and protesters fighting.”

2021-06-01 1900 – 2059

19:16 Matthew Rosenberg tweets a video: “The scene now. The couple dozen protesters left have been pushed back to the reflecting pool. A line of riot police standing shield to shield are between the protesters and the capital”

19:28 Matthew Rosenberg tweets a video: “Police have started to encircle the crowd and push the remaining protesters back. The mood is getting ugly fast. “Traitors get the rope,” this guy was shouting. “Wait until we come back with rifles, motherfucker.””

19:29 Marissa J. Lang tweets a video: “DC police seem to be kettling some of the remaining Trump supporters near the reflecting pool by the Capitol. “They’re putting us in a pen — like animals!” a man was yelling. There are a lot of cops here now. Crowd still yelling, ‘traitors!'”

19:36 Alan He tweets a video of senators being escorted back onto floor by heavy security.

“We know that that attack today, it didn’t materialize out of nowhere. It was inspired by lies, the same lies that you’re hearing in this room tonight. And the members who are repeating those lies should be ashamed of themselves. Their constituents should be ashamed of them,” Rep. Conor Lamb (D-Pa.) said. Republicans objected. A shouting match erupted between Reps. Colin Allred (D-Texas) and Andy Harris (R-Md.), one that nearly came to blows as members surrounded each of them. “The tensions in the room were so high, you could cut it with a knife,” [Rep. Jake] Auchincloss [(D-Mass.)] said.

The Hill

19:40 Jorge Ventura Media tweets a video: “Riot police pushing crowd back.”

20:21 Rachel Chason tweets two photos: “A few Trump supporting stragglers, a whole lot of law enforcement and media outside the Capitol now as lawmakers reconvene.”

20:22 Daniella Diaz tweets a video: “The same House chamber doors where the armed standoff took place hours ago is being cleaned for members to return for the joint session.”

20:34 Casey J. Wooten tweets three photos: “Workers repair the Senate-side windows where some rioters entered.

Alexander, who organized the “Stop the Steal” movement, said he hatched the plan — coinciding with Congress’s vote to certify the electoral college votes — alongside three GOP lawmakers: Reps. Andy Biggs (Ariz.), Mo Brooks (Ala.) and Paul A. Gosar (Ariz.), all hard-line Trump supporters. “We four schemed up of putting maximum pressure on Congress while they were voting,” Alexander said in a since-deleted video on Periscope highlighted by the Project on Government Oversight, an investigative nonprofit. The plan, he said, was to “change the hearts and the minds of Republicans who were in that body, hearing our loud roar from outside.” . . . In a statement to The Washington Post, a spokesman for Biggs said the congressman had never been in contact with Alexander or other protesters and denied he had helped organize a rally on Jan. 6. “Congressman Biggs is not aware of hearing of or meeting Mr. Alexander at any point — let alone working with him to organize some part of a planned protest,” the statement said. Neither Brooks nor Gosar responded to requests for comment from The Washington Post. But in a lengthy, defiant statement on Wednesday, the Alabama lawmaker insisted he also bore no responsibility for the riot. Brooks added he would not have promoted any action that could undermine GOP efforts to block the certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s electoral college victory. “I take great offense at anyone who suggests I am so politically inexperienced as to want to torpedo my honest and accurate election system effort I spent months fighting on,” Brooks wrote. Later on at the event, Alexander played a video message from Biggs, calling him a “friend” and “hero.” In the recording, Biggs said he wished he could have attended the event and vowed to challenge the certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s electoral victory. “When it comes to January 6, I will be right down there in the well of the House with my friend from Alabama representative Mo Brooks,” Biggs said in the recording. A tweet from Alexander, including the message from Biggs, was retweeted by Trump on Dec. 26. A Biggs spokesperson told CNN that the congressman recorded the video following a request from Gosar’s staff. By late December, Alexander said he was planning a protest outside the Capitol on Jan. 6. His event appears to be one of at least four competing rallies that had sought permits for that date. But far-right online forums indicated Trump supporters were preparing for more than just a rally — and Alexander, too, appeared to suggest protesters might do more than just wave signs. If Democrats got in the way of an objection from congressional Republicans, “everyone can guess what me and 500,000 others will do to that building,” he wrote on Twitter in December, according to the Daily Beast. “1776 is always an option.” At a rally the night before the vote, Alexander led the crowd in chanting, “Victory or death!” The following morning, Gosar tagged the activist in several tweets. Recounting the riot in a video on Periscope over the weekend, Alexander said he wished people had not entered the U.S. Capitol or even gone on the steps. He also argued the rioters had not necessarily violated the law, even though dozens have now been charged by federal prosecutors. In an email to The Post, Alexander said he had “remained peaceful” during the riots and claimed his earlier speeches “mentioned peace” and were being misrepresented. “Conflating our legally, peaceful permitted events with the breach of the US Capitol building is defamatory and false,” he said. “People are being misled and then those same people are fomenting violence against me and my team.” At around 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday — about two hours after rioters breached the Capitol — Alexander posted a video of himself overlooking the crowd outside the building, claiming the majority of protesters were peaceful and praising those who didn’t go inside. But, he said in the video, “I don’t disavow this. I do not denounce this.”

Washington Post

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