Congresswoman trapped in room for 5 hours during Capitol Protests
Published: 09:21 PM, 8 January 2021
Queens Rep. Grace Meng
Queens Rep. Grace Meng was trapped inside an unspecified room in the US Capitol building for five hours Wednesday, using chairs to barricade her door as a mob breached the building and chanted outside her door.
Meng shared photos of her “DIY” blockade to Twitter, along with a selfie of herself wearing a mask with a concerned expression on her face.
“After 5 hours I’ve been rescued from my hiding place,” Meng wrote.
“Now I can show you my DIY barricade and gas masks. Protestors were right outside the door chanting ‘USA USA’ it was scary but I am ok! Thanks all for your prayers.”
The US Capitol building was taken over Wednesday by unruly supporters of President Trump, who left a trail of destruction in their wake as they disrupted a joint session congressional vote to certify the results of the Presidential election.
One woman was killed in the mayhem, over a dozen arrests made and several guns were recovered.
Lawmakers are expected to reconvene on Wednesday night, according to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.