As Congress prepared to affirm President-elect Joe Biden's victory, thousands lined up before sunrise Wednesday to show their support for President Donald Trump and his claims of election fraud.
Hundreds of supporters of President Trump stormed the barricades surrounding the US Capitol building and were met with police who sprayed pepper spray during Wednesday’s historic joint session of Congress which was convened to ratify President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.
Video uploaded to social media shows Trump supporters waving pro-Trump banners and American flags as they walked toward the steps of the Capitol building.
Capitol Hill police were seen using pepper spray to keep the Trump supporters at bay as they approached the entrance to the building.
Videos posted to social media show supporters of the president tearing down metal barricades surrounding the building.
The dramatic images come during a dramatic day in Washington, DC, where Trump held a massive rally in front of tens of thousands of his supporters near the White House.
Police led a man away in handcuffs and Donald Trump Jr and girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle gave a rousing speech declaring that the GOP was 'Donald Trump's party' as thousands of the president's supporters make one last-ditch effort to urge Congress not to ratify President-elect Joe Biden's victory.
President Trump addressed the crowd on Wednesday, insisting that he was real winner of the election and vowing 'never to concede.'
Authorities expected at least 30,000 people to gather on the Ellipse just south of the White House where backers of the president are demanding that Republicans in Congress refuse to certify Biden's victory.
The procedural vote in Congress on Wednesday, which will be presided over by Vice President Mike Pence, is largely ceremonial, but Trump has convinced his supporters that there is hope of undoing the election results.
'I hope Mike is going to do the right thing. I hope so,' the president told his supporters, even though Pence has no power under the Constitution to affect the outcome of the election.