The US Capitol has been breached by angry rioters who stormed the historic building following a mass ‘Stop the Steal’ rally where thousands cheered outgoing President Donald Trump’s claims of election fraud.
Following ugly clashes between the mob and outnumbered police on Wednesday (local time), a large number of Trump supporters successfully entered the US Capitol building. Inside, the US House of Representatives and the Senate were in the process of counting the electoral college votes that would finalise Joe Biden’s electoral college win.
Congressmen and women were evacuated to secure locations and the building was placed into lockdown.
Earlier in the day, Trump spoke to huge crowds on Capitol Hill, claiming he would ‘never concede’ and urging his own Vice President, Mike Pence, to overturn the election result.
And now, concerned celebrities have taken to social media to react to the astonishing scenes in Washington, D.C., that’s seen one woman shot and killed.
Here’s what famous faces, including Queer Eye’s Jonathan Van Ness, actor Kerry Washington and singer Pink, had to say on the unfolding chaos.
JLo shared a post by Good Morning America which featured a quote from president-elect Joe Biden who called for an end to the “disorder” and “chaos.”
Model Hailey Bieber (née Baldwin) called the situation “embarrassing” and urged pro-Trump supporters to “move on.”
Model and body positivity activist Tess Holliday shared a CNN article title ‘Mob Invades US Captiol,’ to her Instagram Stories which she captioned, “Call it what it is: terrorism.”
This Is Us star Mandy Moore shared a tweet by academic and author Ibram X. Kendi who likened the riot to a ‘display of White privilege’.
Jonathan Van Ness
The Queer Eye star tweeted, “So when right wing people violently storm the Capitol it’s ok?”. he also called for Trump to be impeached.
Jonathan’s co-star Karamo Brown shared his outrage over the wording used to describe the so-called ‘Trump supporters’.
Issa Rae, star of TV series Insecure, simply tweeted, “Truly disgusted.”
Reality star and mum-of-one — she shares daughter True with NBA player Tristan Thompson — deemed the incident, “the epitome of white privilege.”
Filmmaker Ava DuVernay — the first black woman to be nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Director for Selma — quoted Trump’s address to his supporters in which he called them “special”.
The Frozen star simply tweeted, “Remove Trump now.”
The singer admitted she was “ashamed” of the situation int he US capitol.
Little Fires Everywhere actor Kerry Washington shared a post by the American Civil Liberties Union to her Instagram Stories.
Fashion designer and actor Nicole Richie drew a comparison between the treatment of Black and White people at the hands of US authorities.
Scrubs star Zach Braff called out senior Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway’s tweet calling for “law and order.”
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