January 6 was set to be a big day for American politics, and that turned out to be true. Congress met to confirm the Electoral College vote for the 2020 election – but not all went to plan.
The election race between Joe Biden and President Donald Trump has become one of the most controversial in American history. Biden was voted in by the electors, but Trump and his supporters have raised questions about voter fraud. They say Biden did not win fairly.
A few members of Trump’s political party, the Republicans, were ready to challenge the vote. A debate soon started.
Texas Senator Ted Cruz said he wants to put the vote on hold until the government can do a ten-day review of the election.
In the meantime, thousands of Trump supporters had arrived in Washington, D.C. to express their view that the election has been stolen from Trump. The president gave a speech outside the White House.
About an hour after his speech, some protesters ended up breaking into the Capitol building. Members of Congress paused their debate and tried to evacuate.
The number of protesters who entered the Capitol building was small, but some went into the Senate and House chambers, shouting “We Want Trump” while police tried to catch them.
President Trump tweeted against violence, saying, “Please support our Capitol Police and Law Enforcement. They are truly on the side of our Country. Stay peaceful!”
Soon after, Trump called in the National Guard to quell the unrest.
What does this dramatic event mean for the election – and for America?