The Chaos at the U.S Capitol


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“Washington DC – Capitol Hill: United States Capitol”

On Jan. 6, 2021 a group of people stormed the U.S capitol, as President-Elect Joe Biden’s win was about to be confirmed.

The protest started peacefully, but became violent as the day went out. They were seen holding ‘Trump 2020’ flags, confederate flags,and wearing apparel with “Make America Great again.”

Just as Georgia announced the winning senators Jon Osoff and Raphael Warnock, both a part of the democratic party, it was no longer a peaceful protest.

As the protest started to turn into a riot, congressmen and women who were inside the capitol at the time started to speak out.

“There is nothing Patriotic about what is a occurring on Capitol Hill,” Repbulican Florida Sen. Marco Rubio tweeted

Many representatives tweeted live from inside the Capitol building as the riot was happening.

“I am in the House Chambers. We have been instructed to lie down on the floor and put on our gas masks. Chamber security and Capitol Police have their guns drawn as protesters bang on the front door of the chamber. This is not a protest. This is an attack on America,” Dan Kildee, a democratic representative from Michigan tweeted.

Many Americans were worried about the safety of those representatives in the capitol. Similar messages as the one tweeted by Democratic Missouri Representative Cori Bush read,
“I’m in the Capitol. I’m safe, and my team and I are sheltering in place.”

As the riot got worse, windows were broken and people were seen climbing into the Capitol. Pictures and videos of people breaking into representatives offices started being posted.

The boxes containing the ballots from all the representatives were luckily saved, otherwise would have been burned by the rioters.

People were urging President Trump to tell his supporters to go home.

Wisconsin republican representative Mike Gallagher posted a video to twitter saying, “Mr. President. You have got to stop this. You are the only person who can call this off. Call it off. The election is over. Call it off. This is bigger than you. It is bigger than any member of Congress. It is about the United States of America, which is more important than any politician.”

President Trump finally responded, but not in the way many Americans hoped he would.

He uploaded a one minute video to twitter and falsely claimed the election was “stolen from us” and he won by a “landslide”. However did call for the protesters to “go home”.

Ending the video by saying, “We love you. You’re very special.”

The video seemed to have no impact on the rioters, as they continued to assault police officers and damage the halls of the Capitol.

After the video was released, representatives of both parties started to call for impeachment.
“We can’t allow him to remain in office, it’s a matter of preserving our Republic and we need to fulfill our oath,” U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota wrote on Twitter.

As curfew was initiated to Washington D.C, the congressmen and women gathered to finish what they had started before the riot,

Trump then placed all the pressure on Vice President Mike Pence, telling him to overturn the election.

“If Mike Pence does the right thing, then we win the election,” Trump falsely told the group of supporters.

Pence acknowledged that reality in a lengthy statement Wednesday laying out his conclusion that a vice president cannot claim “unilateral authority” to reject states’ electoral votes.

As the session came to an end, Pence said the count “shall be deemed sufficient declaration” of Bidens Victory.