As House [of Representatives] Was Breached, a Fear ‘We’d Have to Fight’ to Get Out

The New York Times

What unfolded on Wednesday was a tableau of violence and mayhem that shocked the nation, one of the most severe intrusions of the Capitol since the British burned down the building in 1814.

Representative Jason Crow, Democrat of Colorado, and other lawmakers found themselves captive in the House chamber as a mob broke into the Capitol on Wednesday.
Representative Jason Crow, Democrat of Colorado, and other lawmakers found themselves captive in the House chamber as a mob broke into the Capitol on Wednesday.Credit…Andrew Harnik/Associated Press
Zolan Kanno-Youngs
Sabrina Tavernise
Emily Cochrane

By Zolan Kanno-YoungsSabrina Tavernise and Emily Cochrane

  • Published Jan. 6, 2021Updated Jan. 7, 2021, 12:01 p.m. ET

WASHINGTON — The mob of Trump supporters pressed through police barricades, broke windows and battered their way with metal poles through entrances to the Capitol. Then, stunningly, they breached the “People’s House” itself, forcing masked police officers to draw their guns to keep the insurgents off the chamber floor.

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