Ryan Grim speaks with two reporters who were on Capitol grounds Wednesday afternoon when Trump supporters stormed the building.
AT 2:18 WEDNESDAY afternoon, Capitol Police sent out an ominous warning to congressional staffers and members of Congress. Internal security threat: move inside office/lock doors, seek cover, and remain silent.
The warning was a bit late. Protesters were already at the door of the congressional staffer who sent me an image of the text alert. About an hour earlier, Trump supporters intent on stopping Joe Biden from becoming president had smashed into the United States Capitol and the surrounding offices, unleashing violence across the complex. One woman was shot and killed by Capitol Police.
The fallout from this assault, which is ongoing as we record this, will be unfolding for a very long time. There will be plenty of time in the days, weeks and months ahead to talk about what this all means. But for today, we want to talk about what happened. On Wednesday afternoon, a handful of Capitol Hill reporters caught in the melee were shepherded to a secure location along with about 200 members of Congress as the insurrectionists breached the gates.