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The storming of the Capitol and the end of the Trump era

When rioters stormed into the Capitol building in Washington DC this week, it marked a new low for the Trump presidency. David Smith and Lauren Gambino describe a week in US politics like no other

The world watched in shock as a mob of Donald Trump supporters invaded the US Capitol building in Washington DC on Wednesday night, ransacking offices, breaking into the Senate chamber and clashing with armed police. One woman was shot dead.

The Guardian’s Washington bureau chief, David Smith, tells Anushka Asthana that it was President Trump’s incitement of the crowd that led directly to the storming of the Capitol. It was the culmination of weeks of false claims that the election had been stolen from him and a refusal to concede to Joe Biden. Once the rioters had been cleared from the building, Congress eventually voted to certify the election victory for Biden, sealing the official end of the Trump presidency.

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