US Capitol on Lockdown Due To 'Security Threat' | 22 Words

It has just been reported that the U.S Capitol is on lockdown due to a "security threat" earlier this morning, leading to Joe Biden's inauguration rehearsal to be postponed.

Here's what we know...

Now, where do we even start when it comes to the Capitol Hill riot?

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It all started on January 6th when President Donald Trump held a "Save America" rally in Washington D.C, just a few miles away from the White House.

Thousands of his eager supporters were there listening to and latching on to every word that came out of Trump's mouth.

Trump's refusal to concede to the winner of the 2020 election, Joe Biden, seems to have fuelled the anger amongst his supporters...

And right now, the overwhelming presence of far-right extremists is more apparent than ever.

The president repeatedly told his crowd that he was "the real winner" and how they need to "take the election back"...

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Before finally telling them to "go down to the Capitol building" and "fight like hell for our country."

He even said he'd be there alongside them which, of course, he didn't mean literally.

This resulted in thousands of his supporters, all armed with MAGA merchandise and Trump flags, storming down to the U.S Capitol building and breaking in...

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Where hell was well and truly unleashed.

A joint session of Congress was underway to certify Joe Biden's election win when the rioters made their way into the building.

Thankfully, all members of the House and staff were safely evacuated but this didn't mean things were over.

People began smashing down windows and doors, looting valuable items, and even breaking into Nancy Pelosi's office and taking some of her personal possessions.

And to make things even more terrifying...

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Text messages were later discovered from one of the rioters describing his plans to "shoot and run over" Pelosi.

Thankfully, these terrible plans didn't go ahead - but it just goes to show the alarming ideologies and ambitions held by many of the people present on that day.

5 people tragically died as a result of the riots...

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And more than sixty police officers and security guards were greatly injured from trying to stop the violent rioters and get them out of the building.

The scenes were truly apocalyptic...

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And President Trump was called on again and again to issue a televised statement telling his supporters to put an end to the violence.

In the end, he issued a series of small tweets where he reminded the rioters that the police and law enforcement was "on our side," and to "remain peaceful."

He eventually tweeted a video telling his supporters to "go home"...

All while reminding them that they're "very special" and that he "loves them."

Of course, this wasn't taken well by the very shaken-up members of Congress and it really didn't help that Trump was refusing to take responsibility for the riots.

The president's reluctance to take responsibility then lead to him being suspended indefinitely from all major social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram...

Of course, we all know how much Trump loved to run his mouth on Twitter, so this was a huge deal.

Things just seemed to be getting worse and worse for Trump...

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And alongside hundreds of his supporters being arrested and charged for their involvement in the riots, Congress were having some serious talks about what to do about his lack of concern over the violence caused by his army of followers.

It didn't take long for Pelosi to prepare a vote to impeach Trump for the second time in his first presidential term...

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And even though Vice-President Mike Pence refused to invoke the 25th amendment, which is what would have removed Trump from office immediately, it was voted shortly afterward to go forward with the impeachment.

On the afternoon of January 13th, President Trump was officially impeached, making him the only president in U.S history to be impeached more than once.

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The final vote was 232-197, as per The Guardian, though the matter is yet to go before the Senate which will decide whether he should be convicted and removed from office.

We're not quite sure how Trump will come back from this one...

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But regardless of what happens to the president, something urgently needs to be done about the security in the Capitol building to ensure this kind of chaos doesn't erupt again.

Safety measures have already been put in place for people entering the building...

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Including metal detectors at each entrance of the building.

And in preparation for Joe Biden's inauguration ceremony in 2 days time, security is tighter than ever...

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But this doesn't mean there aren't any risks, with the FBI warning of possible armed marches by pro-Trump supporters across state capitols.

All fifty U.S states and the District of Columbia (DC) are on alert for possible violent protests...

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And it seems that those fears have just become a reality as news is in that the Capitol is now in full lockdown following a security threat earlier today.

According to the BBC and reporters at the scene, an emergency announcement is playing and a rehearsal for Biden's inauguration has been suspended.

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Security is tight, with thousands of National Guard members deployed.

Eyewitnesses reported smoke near the Capitol this morning...

And the Washington DC fire service said it had responded to a fire nearby which was now extinguished.

An alert has been circulated to Capitol staff saying the complex was on lockdown, with no-one being allowed in or out - it is currently unknown as to when the lockdown will be lifted.

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This is a developing story, so stay posted for updates.