Report: West Virginia State Lawmaker Livestreamed Amid Capitol Violence (Jon Cherry/Getty Images)
By Charlie McCarthy | Wednesday, 06 January 2021 10:50 PM
A West Virginia state lawmaker reportedly livestreamed his participation in the storming of the Capitol by President Donald Trump supporters on Wednesday.
Derrick Evans, a Republican recently elected to West Virginia’s House of Delegates, livestreamed from inside the Capitol building. Since deleted, the video showed Evans wearing a helmet and ready to breach the building, The Associated Press reported.
"We're in! Keep it moving, baby," Evans reportedly said amid other protesters in a packed doorway, per The Hill.
Evans also was seen milling around the Capitol Rotunda and yelled "No vandalizing!"
A local ABC affiliate reported Evans posted on Facebook that he was "simply there as an independent member of the media to film history."
"I want to thank everyone for their prayers today," said Evans, who added he had no negative interactions with law enforcement.
Evans also said he did not do any damage that might have occurred.
The Hill reached out to Evans for comment.
A joint session of Congress met around 1 p.m. ET to certify the electoral votes from the November election. Each body had returned to its respective chamber to discuss objections raised to Arizona's electoral votes when protesters forced a lockdown of the building.
Earlier Wednesday, Trump spoke at a rally saying "we will never give up" and urged his supporters to march to the Capitol and make their voices heard. A throng of people then breached the Capitol complex and disrupted Congress's certification of the Electoral College vote.
Trump and his allies have alleged that voter fraud in several key battleground states resulted in Biden winning the election.
One woman died after she was shot as she tried to enter the Capitol with the group of rioters.