Chaos on Capitol Hill

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Carley Kelley and London Huston, Author

On January 6th, 2021, a rally was held at Ellipse in support of President Donald Trump. During this rally, Donald Trump encouraged the protesters to march from the original protest site to Capitol Hill, where the results of the election were being certified, officially making Joe Biden the president elect. The rally broke out into a riot when supporters decided to storm the capitol in “protest” over Joe Biden’s victory.

Unfortunately, law enforcement was unable to make it to Capitol Hill before rioters piled into the building. The men and women went throughout the Capitol with their confederate flags held high as they looted and destroyed the offices within the building, simultaneously chanting the false claims such as, “Trump is the real winner of the election.”

It was an unnecessary aggression that could have been prevented”

— Megan Lanning

When law enforcement got inside, they had to use tear gas to calm the rioters. Lawmakers were forced to retrieve gas masks from under their seats as tear gas was released into the rotunda. There was a standoff between police and protesters in a stairwell of the building, which led to a woman being the first of five casualties. The other four casualties consisted of two police officers who died days later at the hospital.

After this violent attack on the Capitol, Trump tweeted a video on Twitter that was later removed, that told the protesters to go home, but repeated that the election was “stolen” from him and said he “loved” the protesters. Following the riot and his tweet, Donald Trump was suspended indefinitely from several social media platforms such as Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter (his favorite social media platform)- preventing him from using social media platforms to spread political propaganda.   

 

The capitol raid was very one sided by the media as a terrorist attack when it falls under the same category as the riots last year (Black Lives Matter) that were labeled as ‘peaceful’ even though they involved arson and robbery”

— Marshall Hannah

Due to Donald Trump’s reaction to the events at the Capitol Building, Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi is pushing for Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th amendment; the 25th amendment would strip Donald Trump of his presidency, making Mike Pence the president -or acting president- until the end of the term.

However, if Mike Pence won’t push the 25th amendment, The House is planning to vote Wednesday on an article of impeachment that would charge Trump with “incitement of insurrection” for urging his supporters to march to the

“The Viking “protester, an icon of the Capitol Hill debacle.

Capitol last week. This would be the second time Donald Trump would be tried for impeachment. If the senate goes to trial and finds him guilty of incitement of insurrection he wouldn’t be able to run for president ever again.

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