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Pro-Trump demonstrators rally in downtown Vancouver (PHOTOS)

The storming of the U.S. Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump played out on national television and social media today
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Pro-Trump demonstrators in Vancouver gather outside of the Vancouver Art Gallery to protest the result of the United States presidential election.

Pro-Trump demonstrators in Vancouver gathered outside of the Vancouver Art Gallery today to protest the result of the United States presidential election.

The storming of the U.S. Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump played out on national television and social media in searing fashion Wednesday. 

The National Guard and state and federal police were called in for control, and the mayor of Washington imposed a rare evening curfew. One person was reported to have been shot.

In Vancouver, roughly two dozen Trump supporters rallied downtown at the Art Gallery early this afternoon. They began marching toward the U.S. consulate around 2:30 p.m.

The demonstrators held American, Canadian and pro-Trump flags. A couple of them held signs. 

Trump tells backers to 'go home' after Capitol stormed

President-elect Joe Biden said that democracy was "under unprecedented assault," a sentiment echoed by many in Congress, including some Republicans.

President Donald Trump told his supporters on Wednesday to “go home” after they stormed the Capitol in protest of his reelection defeat and he urged them to stay peaceful, but he also praised their mission even after it erupted in violence.

In a video message tweeted as authorities struggled to take control of Capitol Hill, Trump refused to refrain from promoting his baseless allegations of mass voter fraud and said loyalists who had swarmed the seat of American democracy were “very special.”

“I know your pain. I know your hurt. But you have to go home now,” he said. “We can’t play into the hands of these people. We have to have peace. So go home. We love you. You’re very special.

--With files from the Canadian Press.