American carnage: how Trump’s footsoldiers ran riot in the Capitol

Staffers barricaded doors and hid under desks as Trumpist rioters roamed freely, looking for members of Congress they saw as enemies

A rioter leaned back in the chair of the speaker of the House Representatives and brought a brown boot down on the papers left strewn on her desk.

Elsewhere in the Capitol building, a lectern bearing the gold seal of Congress was ripped away and framed documents were torn from the walls, as Trump banners and Confederate flags were paraded through abandoned hallways.

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