The day started with a massive Donald Trump rally on The Ellipse, a green area in front of the White House.
Thousands of supporters had gathered to hear the president speak and a large stage had been erected flanked by two giant TV screens.
A group from Ohio had driven eight hours to attend the 'Stop the Steal' rally, adamant that the election had been stolen from Donald Trump.
One of the them, Mark, rejected claims that there was no evidence of widespread voter fraud.
"This election has not gone well. We believe it's been stolen and that isn't fair to anyone, Republican or Democrat," he told me.
A woman standing nearby had travelled to Washington from Arkansas to attend the Trump rally.
"It's our country and our freedom and we're here to take it back," she said.
The crowd then erupted in cheers and chants of 'four more years' as Donald Trump took to the stage.
He claimed his election loss was an egregious assault on democracy that it had to be confronted by Congress.
"We're going to walk down to the Capitol and we're going to cheer on our brave Senators and Congressmen and women. And we're probably not going to be cheering so much for some of them. Because you'll never take back our country with weakness. You have to show strength and you have to be strong," he said.
A short time later a group of the president's supporters stormed the Capitol Building.
As we made our way to the scene, our phones pinged with an alert from the Mayor of Washington DC warning that a curfew would be enforced from 6pm.
There were unimaginable scenes of chaos inside the chambers and halls where Congress had been meeting to confirm Joe Biden's presidential election win.
Security guards were involved in armed stand-offs and elected representatives were forced to shelter under desks while protesters smashed windows and vandalised offices.
As we set up to broadcast from in front of the Capitol Building, emergency vehicles with their sirens blaring rushed by.
Neighbouring states and a variety of law enforcement agencies had sent reinforcements to deal with the siege.
"Fake news!" a group of Trump supporters shouted angrily at my cameraman and I as we finished our live report into the Nine News.
I am used to hearing the president's followers echo his words but when those words are used by some as an excuse for violence and disorder, it marks another dark chapter in these final days of the Trump presidency.