In a custom-defying move, Donald Trump has just announced that he will not be attending Joe Biden's upcoming inauguration ceremony.
Keep scrolling to hear what he had to say...
Tensions are higher than ever before.
via: GettyAs the plans for Biden's presidency begin to unfold, tensions amongst the pro-Trump community have escalated to worrying levels.
While it's taken weeks for the president himself to reluctantly concede to Biden...
via: GettyPro-Trumpers have been fueling the flames behind his various election fraud allegations.
And, on Wednesday, those tensions reached a breaking point.
JUST IN: The entire DC National Guard has been activated by the Department of Defense following a pro-Trump mob bre… https://t.co/mEqRTqbOMh— CNN (@CNN)1609967074.0
Hundreds of rioters forced their way into the prestigious building...
via: GettyBreaking windows, doors, and furniture along with their chants of "stop the steal!"
The rioters wasted no time in taking over several of the rooms and chambers in the building...
via: GettyAnd photos showing them looting objects, such as the lectern of U.S. Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, quickly started circulating online.
A group of rioters even broke into Pelosi's office...
via: GettyWith one posing in her chair with his feet up on the desk.
From this, more violence ensued...
BREAKING: Clashes reported inside the U.S. Capitol building https://t.co/2twyZAD6wJ— BNO News (@BNO News)1609961543.0
The scenes were nothing short of horrifying...
via: GettyAnd the world watched on, transfixed, as more and more rioters continued to spill into the Capitol and clash with police.
Shortly afterward, it was confirmed that there had been fatalities within the Capitol.
via: GettyChief Robert Contee III of the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, DC, confirmed the news during a press conference late last night.
It quickly emerged that one female rioter had been shot dead by police...
Washington, D.C., Police Chief Robert Contee said Wednesday's events included four fatalities: a woman who was shot… https://t.co/246Qok143t— USA TODAY (@USA TODAY)1610011920.0
Of course, millions of people have been left completely outraged by the scenes that unfolded last night...
via: GettyAnd many even more so by President Trump's response.
From the get-go, there were calls for Trump to intervene.
You’ve caused this, get on TV immediately and stop it - before people start being killed. https://t.co/59dqsiXEaK— Piers Morgan (@Piers Morgan)1609962613.0
He instead issued a series of tweets...Where he simply reminded the rioters that the police and law enforcement was "on our side", and to "remain peaceful."
Hours after his supporters had stormed the Capitol, however, Trump finally released a video telling them:"Go home, we love you, you’re very special."
And it didn't take long for Trump's words from his speech earlier in the day to come back and haunt him.
@jacknicas He should be monetarily responsible for all the damage. This will cost millions to clean up. Not to even… https://t.co/iOmenQntap— 🕰4️⃣⚖️➕🥃➕ Stopping the Spread‼️ (@🕰4️⃣⚖️➕🥃➕ Stopping the Spread‼️)1609971792.0
As expected, Trump addressed the "rigged election"...
via: GettyBefore reminding the crowd: “Just remember this: you’re stronger, you’re smarter, you’ve got more going than anybody. And they try and demean everybody having to do with us, and you’re the real people. You’re the people that built this nation. You’re not the people that tore down our nation."
He then said this:
via: Getty"You have to get your people to fight. And if they don’t fight we have to primary the hell out of the ones that don’t fight... Together, we are determined to defend and preserve the government of the people, by the people, and for the people... We fight. We fight like hell."
"And if you don’t fight like hell, you’re not going to have a country anymore."
via: GettyTrump had also stressed this need to "fight" a couple of days earlier when he told supporters at a Georgia rally that they were going to have to "fight like hell" in order to stop Biden from "taking this White House."
So, bearing all this in mind, this next update won't come as much of a shock.
via: GettyIn the last hour, Trump has confirmed that he will not be attending Joe Biden's inauguration ceremony on January 20th.