Opponents of President Barack Obama’s Iran deal — led by Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz — rallied on Capitol Hill to show how they felt about the plan.
A veritable who's who of conservative and tea party stars joined Trump and Cruz on stage to rail against the plan, and both Republican and Democratic leadership, who they say failed them. Here are highlights:
12:50 p.m.: Many in the crowd are huddled under umbrellas on this scorching September afternoon. The high temperature in Washington is forecast to reach 94 degrees.
Several people are armed with signs opposing not only the Iran deal, but also Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Speaker John A. Boehner.
One read, "Boehner McConnell - Repugnicant Traitors," and another carried the hashtag, "#JewishLivesMatter."
1:13 p.m.: Many people are taking shelter in the shade provided by trees around the perimeter and folding "Stop the Iran Deal" signs into makeshift fans. People have continued to stream onto the lawn shortly after 1 p.m., while some were met at the southwest corner of the lawn by a group of CodePink protesters who are advocating for the deal. Signs and American flags dotted the lawn. A few bystanders stopped one rally-goer to take pictures of her "Cruz Control: No Iran Deal."
Susan, the woman holding the sign, declined to give her last name but told CQ Roll Call she is from Florida and has been on the West Lawn since 10 a.m. "You have to take a stand and fight for what you believe in," she said.
1:16 p.m.: Rep. Dave Brat, R-Va., aimed criticism sharply at Obama and the House and Senate leaders – eliciting the loudest boos when he dropped he names of Boehner and McConnell. "Leadership got us into this mess and they're the only ones who can get us out," he said. "The situation we are in is a product of weak leadership," said Brat, the conservative who ousted Rep. Eric Cantor in a primary last year. "I think I know what happens when leadership does not vote with their voters!
1:27 p.m.: The crowd went wild for Cruz as he arrived to blasting music, hoisting signs and flags in the air, then quickly hushed as he began speaking. Cruz addressed the crowd roughly two hours after he spoke against the deal on the Senate floor. As he spoke, his GOP Senate colleagues were inside at their weekly party luncheon, making Cruz literally an outsider to the rest of his colleagues.
1:30 p.m.: One woman's hat displayed a Trump pin, a Cruz pin and an elephant pin, embodying the mix of supporters on the West Lawn. A giant Trump banner was hoisted on the lawn, while plenty of rally-goers donned Cruz campaign t-shirts and held Cruz signs.
1:36 p.m.: Cruz accused Obama of trying to make the United States the "leading financier of radical Islamic terrorism," abandoning "four American hostages in an Iranian hellhole," and that it would "facilitate" Iran getting a nuclear weapon. "This Iranian nuclear deal is catastrophic. It is the single greatest national security threat facing America," he said.
To the Senate Democrats who pledged their support to the Iran deal, Cruz said they should reconsider and ask themselves, " 'Do you value the safety and security of the USA,' " or " 'do you value more party loyalty to the Obama White House?' " "If you vote to send billions of dollars to those who pledge to murder Americans, then you bear responsibility," he said. "you cannot wash your hands of that blood."
To Republican leaders, he said only McConnell and Boehner can defeat the deal. "All that has to happen is for Mitch McConnell and John Boehner to say the review period hasn't started," pointing to alleged side deals. If they don't, the "single most important issue in 2016 will be stopping Iran from getting a nuclear weapon." Any commander in chief, he said, should be willing to "tear to shreds this catastrophic deal," eliciting shouts of "President Cruz."
1:38 p.m.: Boehner and McConnell received some boos from the crowd during Cruz's addresses. But the crowd really cheered when Cruz remarked, "There will come a president who is not named Barack Obama." As Cruz spoke some staffers and construction workers were spotted on the West front of the Capitol.
During his speech one CodePink protester stood on the West Lawn while another rally-goer attempted to block his sign. The two shook hands, and the CodePink protester said, "Isn't democracy great?" though shortly after he was escorted off of the lawn by a Capitol Police officer.
1:49 p.m.: By the time Trump came on stage to boisterous applause, the rally took up more than half the West Lawn. But farther away from the stage his speech clashed with Codepink protesters who repeated "Peace with Iran" over a loudspeaker.
During the speech a group of immigration activists, some children of undocumented immigrants known as "dreamers" disrupted the rally and were escorted off the lawn by the Capitol Police. Holding a sign of saying, "Donald Trump is a racist," they chanted "Hey, hey! Ho, ho! Donald Trump has got to go!"
"We just wanted to make it clear that our community will not stand for his racist immigrant attacks that he's been making throughout the campaign and we wanted to have him hear our voices," Mario Carrillo, a spokesman for the group, told CQ Roll Call. Shortly after Trump ended his speech, people began leaving the West Lawn.
1:50 p.m.: Trump, repeated his claim that, as a dealmaker for a living, he would find holes in the agreement if it goes into effect. He said the Iranians will get money, anyway, from other nations that have agreed to the deal."The people we were negotiating with," he said, pointing to Russia and others, "all of these countries are going to do business with Iran and make lots of money, we we are going to get nothing."
Trump also said he would get back the four Americans that Iran is holding as prisoners. "If I win the presidency, I guarantee you those prisoners will be back in the country before I take office," he said. "I'm telling them right now."
1:53 p.m.: Trump got loud cheers when he said that America was led by "very, very stupid people." A President Trump, he said, could change that. "We will have so much winning if I'm elected, you might get bored with winning," he said before being corrected by crowd. "You're right! We'll never get bored with winning."
1:59 p.m.: Trump departs the rally by walking up the West Front steps, but stops to take a picture with a few Capitol Police officers. Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., who praised Trump's immigration plan, greets him on the steps, and they head into the Capitol building. Meanwhile, Sarah Palin is surrounded by reporters in the northeast corner of the lawn. Onlookers peer through the plastic fence surrounding the speaker area to snap a picture of the former GOP vice presidential candidate.
2:08 p.m.: Cruz works the rope line as he exits the rally, taking pictures and shaking hands with supporters and flanked by at least six USCP officers. He is also spotted shaking hands with one rally-goer wearing Trump's trademark "Make America Great Again" hat. He makes his way back to the West Front of the Capitol and ascends the Capitol steps.
2:14 p.m.: Phil Robertson, the "Duck Dynasty" star, spoke to his support for Israel, guns and his opposition to abortion.
Talk radio host Mark Levin, pointing to past American victories, garners a long, "USA!," chant from the crowd, waving American and Israeli flags, and even a few of them wearing patriotic-themed clothing.
Levin, pointing to the scaffolding on the Capitol dome, says Republicans should, "take some of that and use it on their damn spines."
As Palin begins her remarks, one man who is yelling gets very close to the stage. He is met there by four police officers who forcefully remove him from the lawn. Palin hardly seems to react, but is joined on stage by a security guard who stands very close to her until things calm down.2:23 p.m.: Palin says under the Obama administration, "The white flag was raised at the table." Obama, Palin says, "won't trust" Congress and Americans with the alleged side-deals, and they shouldn't trust him. 2:26 p.m.: Even more people leave the rally after Palin speaks and Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., takes the stage. The sun continues to beat down an hour and a half into the rally. 2:43 p.m.: The crowd shrinks to about a third of the West Lawn as Glenn Beck comes to the podium. But many rally-goers still stand at attention during Beck's speech. American flags blow in the light breeze and one rally-goer hoists a large Texas flag in the air.
At the southwest corner of the lawn a fire truck and ambulance show up, with medics apparently tending to an elderly woman.
2:54 p.m.: Palin is spotted entering a Senate basement hideaway shortly after Sessions, who leaves a few minutes later.
2:59 p.m.: Former Rep. Michelle Bachmann advocates for bombing Iran rather than agreeing to a deal.
"This is not tough at all. What you do is you go on and take out their kinetic military means -- the nuclear hardware that exists in Iran today," she says. "That ensures peace on into the future."
3:06 p.m.: Two hours into the rally, Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, takes the stage and is met with applause. He touts GOP leadership scrapping the vote on the rule as a sign that the rally was effective.
"Congratulations, you are making a difference," Gohmert tells the crowd, who cheer.
Backstage, it is a who's-who of conservatives in Congress: Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, is spotted hugging his former colleague Bachmann. Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., and Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan., also wait on the side of the stage to address the crowd.
3:09 p.m.: Trump exits a meeting with Palin and Sessions in a Senate basement hideaway. Trump says he and Sessions discussed immigration and that Palin "wanted to say hello."
He tells reporters if he is elected he plans to "do major surgery" on the deal the Obama administration and other world powers struck with Iran over its nuclear program.
3:16 p.m.: Speaking to reporters, Trump calls for Washington to do more to assist military veterans. "We have illegal immigrants that are treated better than our vets, in many cases," he says.
Trump calls on lawmakers to block the Iran deal, slamming its contents and the Obama administration officials who negotiated it.
"I think the Iran deal is one of the worst and most incompetently drawn transactions or contracts that I've ever seen," he says. "It's a one-way street. We get nothing, they get everything, and it's something that shouldn't be allowed to pass."
-- Connor O'Brien and John Bennett contributed to this report.in your inbox or on your iPhone.