Once the mob breached the Capitol building, one of the dozens of Trump supporters roaming the Capitol halls asked, “Where are they?” The Associated Press reports. At that point, the lawmakers were crouching on the floor of the House chamber or under tables, hiding out in secure locations, or sheltering in their offices, praying and telling their loved ones they were alive. At about 2:00 p.m., Vice President Mike Pence and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) were evacuated from the Senate, and police cleared the chamber about half an hour later.
“At 2:24 p.m., after Mr. Trump tweeted that Mr. Pence ‘didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done,’ dozens of messages on Gab called for those inside the Capitol building to hunt down the vice president,” the Times reports. “In videos uploaded to the channel, protesters could be heard chanting ‘Where is Pence?'”