Pro-Trump Insurrectionists Storm U.S. Capitol

Congress passed the articles of impeachment on Wednesday in a historic vote making Trump the only president impeached twice


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A Trump supporter holds a Trump flag inside the US Capitol Building near the Senate Chamber on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC when rioters stormed the Capitol.

Trump supporters stormed Capitol Hill this afternoon disrupting the electoral count to confirm President-elect Joe Biden’s presidential victory. A large maskless group of rioters waving Trump flags and MAGA gear had gathered around the Capitol to protest the congressional proceedings by Trump’s encouragement.

Minutes before the mob of insurrectionists broke into the Capitol, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell delivered harsh remarks to Republican leaders condemning their attempt to challenge the election results.

“If this election were overturned by mere allegations from the losing side, our democracy would enter a death spiral,” McConnell said.

President Donald Trump has continuously pushed false claims of voter fraud during November’s election and has called on Vice President Mike Pence to block the electoral vote certification, even though Pence has no constitutional authority to.

Around 2:15 p.m. the debate over the electoral count was placed in recess as rioters breached the Capitol building. Lawmakers were instructed to wear gas masks as tear gas was unleashed in the Rotunda of Capitol Hill. Lawmakers were evacuated out and the Capitol was placed in lockdown.

Shortly after, the mayor of D.C. placed a 6 p.m. citywide curfew for the district’s residents.

Around 3:30 p.m. an unidentified woman was shot in the chest in the Capitol building and was rushed to the hospital in serious condition. She was later identified as Ashli Babbitt, a staunch Trump supporter from San Diego who later died as a result of the gunshot wound.

President-elect Biden addressed the nation from his offices in Wilmington condemning the rioters and called for President Trump to immediately address his supporters and order them to cease the violence.

Around 5:00 p.m. President Trump posted a video on Twitter repeating false claims about election fraud and telling his supporters, “Go home, we love you, you are very special.”

The last time the Capitol was breached was Aug. 24, 1814 when British troops stormed the Capitol and burned down the building and the president’s mansion.

The CEOs of Twitter and Facebook banned Trump from using their platforms, Twitter for 12 hours and Facebook indefinitely.

Former president’s Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton released statements condemning the actions of the rioters.

“The assault was fueled by more than four years of poison politics spreading deliberate misinformation, sowing distrust in our system, and pitting Americans against one another. The match was lit by Donald Trump and his most ardent enablers, including many in Congress to overturn the results of an election he lost,” Clinton stated.

Foreign leaders, including British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Germ Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, and Palestinian official Hana Ashrawi stated their distaste of the scenes at the Capitol.

“The United States stands for democracy around the world and it is now vital that there should be a peaceful and orderly transfer of power,” Boris Johnson said in a statement.

Congress reconvened their joint meeting and successfully certified President-elect Joe Biden’s presidential victory. Several GOP Senate and House members, including Kelly Leoffler who had recently lost her bid for one of Georgia’s Senate seats in a run-off election, and Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington’s 5th District, stated they will no longer object to the electoral college results following the day’s events.

More than 50 arrests had been made that evening, most of them due to curfew violations. D.C. law enforcement discovered pipe bombs and a cooler containing Molotov cocktails. As a result of the day’s chaotic events, a total of five people have died, including a D.C. police officer.

The following day several of Trump’s cabinet members including Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and Education Secretary Betsy Devos. Secretary Chao is married to Senate Leader Mitch McConnell.

Several Democratic lawmakers drafted articles of impeachment against Trump that evening for the second time throughout his presidency. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi addressed the media in a briefing supporting proceedings for impeachment. She said that congress will follow through if Vice President Mike Pence does not invoke the 25th amendment, which requires the vice president and a majority of the president’s cabinet to deem the president unfit to continue the duties of the presidency. The duties would fall on the vice president.

As of Jan. 8, President Trump has stated he will not attend President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration later this month.

President-elect Joe Biden is to be inaugurated on Jan. 20, which is less than two weeks away.