Video of Senate Office Ransacked in Capitol Chaos Viewed Over 5 Million Times

A video of the ransacked office of the Senate Parliamentarian has been viewed more than five million times on Twitter. The video, which was shared by CNN journalist Ali Zaslav, shows the office of Elizabeth MacDonough after it was wrecked by rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.

The office of the Senate Parliamentarian was trashed during the rush on the U.S. Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump. The video shows files, papers, and face masks scattered across the floors, desks covered with papers and books, and furniture strewn around the room.

The ransacked office of the Senate Parliamentarian:

— Ali Zaslav (@alizaslav) January 7, 2021

Journalists and politicians are among those criticizing the state of the office on Twitter.

Television host and former politician Joe Scarborough said: "The security failure at the Capitol was shocking and its leaders must make sure that the People's House and the World's Greatest Deliberative Body are NEVER breached by rioters again. What a disgrace."

Attorney Norm Eisen, who served as a counsel for the Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee during Trump's impeachment last year, said: "This hurt me. Seems like I visited that office just yesterday to help figure out the parliamentary rules that would apply to the impeachment trial. I noticed in the video that the parliamentarians had brought in cots in case they had to work overnight and grab a little sleep."

Dr. Saskia Popescu said: "One thing that keeps popping up is how grossly violating this would feel to come back to. An office with your family photos, personal items, notes, etc."

The daughter of the late John McCain, Meghan McCain said: "The people who did this are animals and should be tried to the full extent of the law as the domestic terrorists they are. This will not stand."

Photos and videos have emerged of the aftermath of the riot, with damage including smashed windows, smashed doors, broken benches, and floors covered in trash.

Trump supporters rushed the U.S. Capitol yesterday afternoon and managed to break into rooms including lawmakers' offices and the Senate chamber. Four people died during the riot, including one woman who was shot inside the Capitol.

The chaos has been condemned by world leaders, though Trump told the rioters in a video that has since been removed from social media: "We love you, and you're very special," while telling them to go home.

Washington, D.C. is now under a public emergency order for 15 days, lasting through Inauguration Day, which will give D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser the ability to call a curfew at any time.

U.S. Capitol Damage
Damage is seen inside the U.S. Capitol building early on January 7, 2021, in Washington, D.C., after supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump breached security and entered the building during a session of Congress. A video of the damage to the office of the Senate Parliamentarian has been viewed more than five million times on Twitter. Olivier Douliery/Getty