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Pro-Trump protesters stormed the United States Capitol on Wednesday as more than 150 Republican members of Congress, joined by at least four South Carolina representatives, prepared to object to Electoral College results that show Joe Biden as president-elect.

Protesters breached Capitol security, reportedly breaking windows and overwhelming Capitol Police, after President Donald Trump appealed to supporters at a rally near the White House earlier in the afternoon.

“We will never give up,” Trump said, according to The L.A. Times. “We will never concede. It will never happen.”

From South Carolina, U.S. Reps. Jeff Duncan, Ralph Norman, William Timmons and Joe Wilson all said before the vote Wednesday that they planned to object to the certification. U.S. Rep. Tom Rice tweeted he was undecided about which way he would vote before Wednesday.

Many of the objections have to do with procedural questions about unsubstantiated irregularities in some states and mirror Trump’s unsuccessful search for more votes that could turn the tide of the election.

Charleston-based members did not join with their delegation colleagues. Majority Whip James Clyburn called the objections a “mockery,” and U.S. Rep. Nancy Mace joined fellow Republicans in a statement, arguing they should not object because they need the Electoral College to ensure future GOP presidents. U.S. Sens. Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott said they would not join the objections.

Since the Capitol evacuation, members have called the events “unacceptable” and criticized the pro-Trump protesters, calling on them to leave.

In a video statement of his own, Trump asked the protesters to leave the capitol, telling his supporters, “We love you.”

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Editor’s note: A previous version of this story misstated U.S. Rep. Tom Rice’s initial position on the objection to Electoral College results.