The White House says the National Guard is going to the U.S. Capitol

A mob of pro-Trump extremists on the U.S. Capitol steps
A mob of pro-Trump extremists gather on the second day of events fueled by President Trump’s false claims of election fraud.
(Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times)

The White House said Wednesday that National Guard troops along with other federal protective services are en route to the U.S. Capitol to help end a violent occupation by President Trump’s supporters who are seeking to prevent the certification of the 2020 presidential election.

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany tweeted that “At President @realDonaldTrump’s direction, the National Guard is on the way along with other federal protective services.”

She added, “We reiterate President Trump’s call against violence and to remain peaceful.”

Trump supporters gather in the U.S. capital to protest the ratification of President-elect Joe Biden’s electoral college victory over President Trump.

Jan. 7, 2021

Republican lawmakers have publicly called for Trump to more vocally condemn the violence and to call an end to the occupation, which halted a joint session of Congress, where lawmakers were beginning to count electoral votes.


Trump lost the November election to Democrat Joe Biden. He has refused to concede and has worked over the last two months to convince his supporters that widespread voter fraud prevented his own victory.