Members of The United States Congress are evacuated after Pro-Donald Trump supporters invade the United States Capitol on Wednesday afternoon in Washington D.C. As members of congress met at Capitol Hill to certify the Electoral College votes to confirm Joe Biden as the new president of America, Pro-Trump protesters stormed Capitol Hill in opposition.
In attempt to stop the U.S. Congress from certifying Joe Biden as the winner of the 2020 presidential election, Pro-Trump supporters breach the capitol office building and capitol grounds. The protesters surrounded the majority of the U.S. Capitol, climbed walls to reach to the second level, ripped the gates from the capitol lawn and broke barricades to access the building in various areas.
During the dangerous insurrection Pro-Trump supporters became riotous, breaking glass windows of the U.S. Capitol, looting, trespassing into the U.S. Senate Chamber and vandalizing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office. Additionally, a rioter left a disturbing message on a manila folder in Pelosi’s office that stated, “WE WILL NOT BACK DOWN.”
Sentiments of disdain for members of congress who weren’t supportive of Trump even occurred the night before. On Tuesday Pro-Trump supporters on a flight from Salt Lake City, Utah to Washington D.C. chanted “traitor” at fellow plane rider Mitt Romney, accusing him of supporting voter fraud against Trump.
Outrage and denial for the 2020 presidential election results have been brewing since Nov. 7,2020, however the hectic coup attempt at the U.S. Capitol was potentially mobilized after Donald Trump’s speech at the “Save America” Rally earlier this morning.
“We will never give up. We will never concede, it doesn’t happen,” Trump said. “You don’t concede when there’s theft involved.”
Donald Trump continued to instigate angst within the crowd by encouraging Pro-Trump supporters to “stop the steal” and not be silenced.
“We will not let them silence your voices,” Trump said. “We’re not going to let it happen. Not going to let it happen.”
Towards the end of his “Save America” speech Trump egged his supporters to march to Capitol Hill and that he’d be with him, albeit he wasn’t.
“After this, we’re going to walk down and I’ll be there with you,” Trump said.
Amid the breakout chaos later that afternoon, Republican and Democratic congress members that were sheltered in place tweeted their thoughts throughout the turmoil. Even the impending president Joe Biden publicly addressed the despicable events on Capitol Hill, condemning the obstructive protesters more emphatically than Trump did in his complicit follow-up video response.
While Biden identified the attack on the U.S. Capitol as “scenes of chaos” that “do not reflect a true America” and categorized the proclaimed protesters as a “mob,” Trump subtly empathized with the dangerous crowd.
Even after Biden commanded Trump to “go on national television” and to “demand an end to this siege,” Trump gave a lackluster callout to those at Capitol Hill to end their assault on our democracy.
Trump petted protesters and passive aggressively attacked those who the rioters were attempting to reach in his video statement.
“I know your pain, I know you’re hurt,” and “It’s a very tough period of time, but we can’t play into the hands of these people,” Trump said.
Continuing this sympathetic tone, Trump with forceless effort instructed those at the US Capitol to “go home.” For the last few hours Pro-Trump supporters have been terrorizing the capitol building and grounds, even after Trump’s futile attempt to stop rioters and protesters.
In order to calm the mob, Washington D.C.’s Mayor Muriel Bowser ordered a citywide 6 P.M. curfew.