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National Guard will head to the Capitol to tamp down pro-Trump insurrection

Trump supporters stand on the U.S. Capitol Police armored vehicle as others take over the steps of the Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, as the Congress works to certify the electoral college votes.

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The National Guard will respond at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday after pro-Trump rioters overran the building during the Electoral College vote count.

Both Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office asked for the National Guard to tamp down the insurrection at the Capitol, two sources told NBC. White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said the National Guard was “on the way along with other federal protective services” on Wednesday afternoon.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam also said he would send his state’s National Guard along with 200 state troopers to the Capitol. Protesters spurred by President Donald Trump’s calls to overturn the 2020 presidential election entered the Capitol with relative ease Wednesday afternoon, forcing lawmakers to evacuate to secure locations.

The breach of the Capitol stopped the formal congressional count of President-elect Joe Biden’s presidential election victory over Trump. Dozens of Republicans in Congress, backed by the president, had started to challenge state results based on unfounded accusations of widespread fraud.

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