US President-elect Joe Biden has blasted the “insurrection” of pro-Trump rioters who stormed the US Capitol and demanded an end to their “siege”.
The Democrat called on outgoing President Donald Trump to “step up” and repudiate the violence.
In a tweeted video, Mr Trump repeated debunked claims the vote was “stolen”, but urged protesters to “go home”.
A joint session of Congress confirming electoral college votes has been suspended and forced into recess.
Mr Biden said: “I call on President Trump to go on national television now to fulfil his oath and defend the Constitution and demand an end to this siege.
“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.”