What It Was Like Inside the Capitol When the Mob Came

Supporters of President Trump set off a fire extinguisher after breaching security defenses on the second floor of the U.S. Capitol near the entrance to the Senate, January 6, 2021. (Mike Theiler/Reuters)
I thought I would witness a farce but not an immediate tragedy on January 6. It was sad to witness both.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE A t about half past midnight, as senators walked back from the House to the Senate to vote on Missouri senator Josh Hawley’s objection to the certification of Pennsylvania’s Electoral College votes, Lisa Murkowski (R., Alaska.) stopped and talked about the day’s events.

“You could hear the sounds. You can hear it getting closer on both sides [of the Senate chamber],” Murkowski said of the mob that had fought police and smashed windows in order to break inside the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday afternoon. “You sit on that Senate floor, with those galleries all around you, and you feel like a sitting

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