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New details about the Capitol riot demonstrate just how close the violent mob got to the vice-president, who was overseeing the electoral vote certification of Joe Biden’s victory when the Capitol was breached.
The Washington Post has the details:
The violent mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 came perilously close to Vice President Pence, who was not evacuated from the Senate chamber for about 14 minutes after the Capitol Police reported an initial attempted breach of the complex — enough time for the marauders to rush inside the building and approach his location, according to law enforcement officials and video footage from that day.
Secret Service officers eventually spirited Pence to a room off the Senate floor with his wife and daughter after rioters began to pour into the Capitol, many loudly denouncing the vice president as a traitor as they marched through the first floor below the Senate chamber.
You watch video after video after video and you realize that if these lunatics had even a slightly better understanding of the basic schematics of the U.S. Capitol, we’d be looking at dozens of dead lawmakers. https://t.co/dG0UfRLj7t
A new poll found Donald Trump’s approval rating has slipped to 29% after he incited a violent mob of his supporters to storm the US Capitol last week.
According to a Pew Research Center survey, Trump is leaving the White House with the lowest approval rating of his presidency.