A photo showing courageous women carrying ballots boxes before rioters stormed Capitol Hill is going viral.
On January 6, Trump supporters forced their way into the Capitol building, demanding the overturning of 2020 presidential election results.
At the time, Congress was certifying Biden's win against Trump.
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Speaking of the attack, Biden said at the time:
"To storm the Capitol, to smash windows, to occupy offices on the floor of the United States Senate, rummaging through desks, on the House of Representatives, threatening the safety of duly elected officials. It's not protest; it's insurrection… It is an assault on democracy."
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According to multiple outlets, these female chamber assistants decided to grab the ballot boxes containing electoral votes so that the rioters couldn't get to them.
When the photos surfaced on social media, thousands of people praised these women for their quick-thinking act.
One Twitter user acclaimed:
"Here are the women—Senate aides—who had the presence of mind and courage to transport and keep safe the electoral votes before fleeing the Senate. There will always be villains. There will always be heroes."
Here's How People Reacted to the Photos
While many people praised the women, one photojournalist dismissed the photos, claiming that they were taken way earlier before the riots breached into the building.
Photographer Caroline Brehman was on the Capitol before the attack and took a similar photo from a slightly different angle of the assistants moving the votes.
Speaking to BuzzFeed News, she said:
"[I took a similar photo] BEFORE [rioters infiltrated] the Capitol."
"The Electoral College votes are always carried to the House chamber for the VP to count. These women were not 'saving' the votes."
Caroline added that she took her photo around 12:57 p.m. ET. The mobs didn't push down the barriers around the Capitol until about 1:15 p.m.