MAGA rioters have turned on the media, destroyed television cameras and tracked news crews as they attempt to cover the ongoing carnage in the US Capitol that has killed one woman.
An angry crowd of Donald Trump supporters was caught on camera while swarming a media team stationed outside the Capitol and smashing thousands of dollars worth of equipment on Wednesday.
Journalists and television crews were forced to leave the area and flee when the violent thugs pushed sticks over metal barricades and entered the area where they had settled.
The mob roared with cheers as they stepped over lights and cameras, beat the equipment with flags and sticks, and poured water over the electrical equipment.
MAGA rioters have turned on the media, destroyed television cameras and tracked news teams as they attempt to cover the carnage that has left one in the US Capitol
An angry crowd of Donald Trump supporters was caught on camera while swarming a media team stationed outside the Capitol and smashing thousands of dollars worth of equipment
Journalists and television crews were forced to leave the area and flee when the violent thugs hit a barricade with sticks and entered the area where they had settled
The mob roared with cheers as they stepped over lights and cameras and beat them with flags and sticks
Some of the crowd then looped the camera cable and hung it from a tree while a man tried to set fire to equipment that lay in ruins on the ground.
"We're the news now," called a man Buzzfeed Reporter Paul McLeod.
Another Trump supporter congratulated the vandals on their work and told him it was "nice".
“You are all patriots! I love you all, ”he said.
One of the perpetrators replied, “You missed it buddy. We rushed everything. It was beautiful. & # 39;
Separate footage of the incident shared by Julia Rosas On social media, one man showed a flagpole against the media crew while others shouted threats to get out of here when the crew quickly pulled out.
Some of the devices that were destroyed were labeled the Associated Press, while reports on social media said Fox – once Trump's favorite store – had also been targeted.
The attack on the press comes as Trump reiterated what he called "lamestream media" and blasted journalists as "the enemy of the people".
Even Fox has felt the president's wrath lately after the outlet first called Arizona about Joe Biden on Nov. 3 – sparking an angry phone call between Trump and media tycoon Rupert Murdoch.
Some of the crowd then made a noose out of the camera cable and hung it on a tree, according to Buzzfeed reporter Paul McLeod
"We're the news now," one man shouted over the buzzfeed as another Trump supporter congratulated the vandals on their work
Vandalism destroys equipment amid the ongoing chaos scenes in Washington DC on Wednesday
Some of the devices that were destroyed were labeled the Associated Press, while reports on social media said Fox – once Trump's favorite store – had also been targeted
People – some with sporty MAGA hats – were investigating the damage when the Capitol appeared in the background
A Trump supporter tries to set fire to some of the equipment outside the Capitol Building
A man is seen pouring water on the equipment to further ruin it after the news crews escaped
While there was chaos outside the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, it was nothing compared to the unprecedented violence that broke out at the seat of government.
MAGA supporters stormed into the building and violently clashed with police to prevent Joe Biden's victory from being confirmed. Legislators took cover and fled to an undisclosed location for security reasons while the building was locked.
A Trump supporter, identified as a U.S. Air Force veteran, Ashli Babbit of San Diego, died after being shot in the chest.
It was not immediately clear who shot the woman and an investigation is ongoing.
Dozens of police officers were also reportedly injured and at least one pipe bomb was found on the premises.
Several prominent Trump supporters posed for photos on the Senate podium shortly after Vice President Mike Pence reprimanded Donald Trump there while others broke into Nancy Pelosi's office. A man later boasted that he had ransacked an envelope from the speaker's desk.
President-elect Joe Biden addressed the nation in a speech calling on the "mob to retreat" and urging President Donald Trump to tell his fans to end the violence and leave the Capitol.
Donald Trump supporters are seen inside the U.S. Capitol after rioters breached security and entered the Capitol
Capitol Police officers aim their guns at a door that was destroyed during a joint congressional session in the chamber of the house
An explosion caused by police ammunition is seen as Trump supporters gather outside the Capitol on Wednesday
Later that afternoon, Trump finally gave a White House address telling his "very special" followers that he loved them and understood their pain, but told them to "go home."
This came just hours after he held a rally encouraging followers to march to the Capitol in protest against the confirmation of Biden's victory, and at which his personal lawyer and the man who led his failed election campaign – Rudy Giuliani – the followers ordered this to pursue a "test by battle".
The National Guard was deployed to help police enforce a 6 p.m. Washington DC curfew to contain the violence, and the building was briefly secured.
Another ban was imposed on an "internal security threat" that evening after an officer was reportedly found unconscious.
At around 8 p.m., lawmakers flanked by armed guards returned to the Capitol to continue the joint session and confirm the number of elective college presidential elections.
Vice President Mike Pence condemned the violent siege when he reopened the Senate, saying the perpetrators' violence never wins. Freedom wins. And that's still the people's house. & # 39;