That was NBC News' Lester Holt Wednesday afternoon during a special report covering the insane scene unfolding in Washington D.C., as scores of Trump supporters attending the Stop the Steal protest rally in the Washington over President Donald Trump's 2020 presidential election defeat, have moved through barricades and are storming the United States Capitol building, moving through security and breaking into offices. - Members of Congress returned to the House Chamber after being evacuated when protesters stormed the Capitol and disrupted a joint session to ratify President-elect Joe Biden's 306-232 Electoral College win over President Donald Trump.
Trump's supporters, in a solidarity march, went berserk, destroying properties. Due to an "external security threat", no one could enter or exit the Capitol complex, the recording said. Security officers piled furniture against the chamber's door and drew their pistols before helping lawmakers and others escape.
Protesters tore down metal barricades at the bottom of the Capitol's steps and were met by officers in riot gear.
"Let me be very clear, the scenes of chaos at the Capitol do not reflect a true America", Biden said.
Romney, the 2012 GOP presidential nominee, has a deep well of popularity in Utah, but a significant slice of the conservative state's electorate is angry with him for criticizing Trump, said Damon Cann, a political science professor at Utah State University. "We will take our nation back".
NBC also reports at 12:11 PM that snipers can be seen keeping an eye on the scene outside the Capitol Building.
"Today's reminder, a painful one, that democracy is fragile and to preserve it requires people of good will", he said.
"Our democracy is under unprecedented assault", Biden said, calling the protesters "extremists" who are "dedicated to lawlessness". "Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are lawfully elected and will become the president and the vice president of the United States on Jan 20". Meanwhile, police have declared the Capitol building secure and lawmakers have reconvened to resume the election certification. "Just plain, simple decency", Biden said.
National Guard reinforcements were called in to help restore a sense of order, while D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser imposed an overnight curfew beginning at 6 p.m. ET in an effort to disperse the crowds.
Pence, who has insisted he can not overturn the results of the election despite pressure for the president, was presiding over the electoral college vote when protesters stormed the building and he was shepherded to safety.
"You have to go home now, we have to have peace", he said, adding: "We love you". Facebook and Instagram have also locked him out for 24 hours for 'policy violations'.
He has mulled ways to signal his support for the President while carrying out his pro forma role by referencing Trump's concerns about voter fraud during the debate before certification, according to people familiar with the matter.
In a statement posted on Twitter by White House spokesman Dan Scavino on Thursday, Trump said there would be an orderly transition of power "though I totally disagree with the outcome of the election".
"When I arrived in Washington this morning I fully meant to object to the certification of electoral votes", she told her colleagues during the debate. Trump's challenges to Biden's victory have been rejected by courts across the country.