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The Most Surreal Images From the Pro-Trump Riot at the U.S. Capitol

A man carries a Confederate flag over his shoulder.
A supporter of President Donald Trump carries a Confederate battle flag on the second floor of the U.S. Capitol near the entrance to the Senate after breaching security defenses. Reuters/Mike Theiler

On Wednesday, supporters of Donald Trump, goaded on by the president, stormed the U.S. Capitol. Here’s a selection of the most striking and horrifying photographs taken inside and outside the building.

This post will be updated.

A large group of pro-Trump rioters storm into the U.S. Capitol. Some people in the tightly packed crowd are wearing red MAGA hats.
Rioters break into the U.S. Capitol. Win McNamee/Getty Images
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A Trump supporter wearing a surgical mask and holding an iPhone sits at a desk in the Capitol's Senate chamber.
A Trump supporter sits in the Senate chamber in Washington, D.C. Win McNamee/Getty Images
A man with a backpack swings from the Senate chamber's balcony. He is hanging on with one hand.
A man hanging from the balcony in the Senate chamber. Win McNamee/Getty Images
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A protester in a Trump beanie smiles and waves at the camera while walking through the Capitol holding a podium for the speaker of the House.
A smiling supporter of Donald Trump holds a Speaker podium inside the Capitol and waves at photographers. Win McNamee/Getty Images
A man stands in front of a massive patriotic painting. He waves a flag that reads, "Trump is president."
A man holds a Trump flag inside the Capitol on Wednesday. Win McNamee/Getty Images
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Three Capitol police officers inside the House Chamber point their gun at a door.
U.S. Capitol police officers point their guns at a door that was vandalized in the House Chamber. Drew Angerer/Getty Images
A shirtless, screaming man wearing a raccoon hat with horn screams in the Capitol.
A man screams “Freedom” inside the Senate chamber after the U.S. Capitol was breached by a mob during a joint session of Congress on Wednesday. Win McNamee/Getty Images
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Multiple pro-Trump rioters climb up the walls of the U.S. Capitol while others congregate nearby.
Trump supporters climb up the U.S. Capitol’s walls. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith
A noose hangs outside the Capitol building. Pro-Trump demonstrators congregate nearby.
A noose hangs outside the U.S. Capitol. Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP
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Multiple maskless and masked Trump supporters gather inside the Capitol Building. Capitol Police officers engage with them.
A Capitol police officer engages with a man wearing a QAnon T-shirt inside the U.S. Capitol Building. Win McNamee/Getty Images
A Trump supporter wears a gas mask near another supporter in an American flag costume mask. Gas is in the air around them.
A man in a gas mask in Washington, D.C. Brendan Smialowski/AFP
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Members of Congress wear plastic hoods as they take cover in the U.S. Capitol. They are being escorted by Capitol police officers.
Rep. Madeleine Dean, D-Pa., and other members take cover as supporters of Trump storm the Capitol. Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc.
An explosion caused by a police munition is seen while supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump gather in front of the U.S. Capitol building.
An explosion caused by a police munition is seen while supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump gather in front of the U.S. Capitol building. REUTERS/Leah Millis TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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A man in a baseball cap sits with his left foot up on Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's desk.
Richard Barnett sits inside the office of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi on January 6, 2021. SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images
A note written in red ink on a manila folder on Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's desk. It says "We will not back down."
A note left in the office of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images
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