Hundreds of Trump supporters attending the “Stop the Steal” protest rally in Washington over President Donald Trump’s 2020 presidential election loss on Wednesday proceeded to storm the United States Capitol building, moving through barricades, security and even breaking into offices.
Adweek’s TVNewser blog caught up with some of the correspondents who were there at the Capitol reporting on the insurrection to talk about their experiences and how they expect Capitol Hill to change as a result of Wednesday’s events. ABC News chief global affairs correspondent Martha Raddatz, NBC News Capitol Hill correspondent Kasie Hunt, MSNBC correspondent Garrett Haake, Telemundo senior Washington correspondent Cristina Londoño, Fox News congressional correspondent Chad Pergram, PBS NewsHour Capitol Hill correspondent Lisa Desjardins and CBS News chief justice correspondent Jeff Pegues provided us with their observations and insights from the ground during what was a historic, chaotic day for America.
What moment from your experience on Wednesday stands out the most to you, and why?
Desjardins: As I walked up to the front door of the Capitol, I saw a horde of people smashing up against the door with no police presence in sight. That moment is going to be hard to forget.
Haake: The most haunting thing I saw on Wednesday were rioters walking through Statuary Hall. I was across the street in the Russell Building, watching on my monitor, and seeing these angry people in that space, just off the floor where we are so used to seeing lawmakers on big nights like the State of the Union was incredibly jarring and disorienting.