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Pro-Trump insurrectionists storm D.C. Capitol as Colorado Republicans in Denver protest in solidarity

Ms. Mayhem reporters were on the ground in both Washington, D.C. and Denver as insurrectionists seized the Capitol building on Jan. 6, 2021. The group pro-Trump extremists caused lockdowns in both cities and delayed the certification of the election by U.S. Congressional members. Several lawmakers, including President Donald Trump and Republican Congress members, have repeated false claims of election fraud since November 2020, stirring conspiracy theories that ultimately led to the actions on Wednesday.

President Trump called on Vice President Mike Pence to reject the electoral votes, a request Pence ultimately ignored. After returning to the Congressional chambers following the attempted insurrection, U.S. lawmakers certified President-elect Joe Biden's election victory early morning Jan. 7.  There were 147 Republicans who voted to overturn the election results despite their rhetoric contributing to insurrectionist behavior.

Shortly after the certification, President Trump—who had told his supporters he would "never concede"—said in a statement “there will be an orderly transition on January 20th.”

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