Attack on the Capitol

Last Wednesday marked a day that would be written in future textbooks

Rioters as they climb the walls of the capitol building.

Joshua Replogle

Rioters as they climb the walls of the capitol building.

The last time an invasion took place on the US Capitol was after the start of the War of 1812 by British soldiers. On January 6, 2021, a large group of alleged Trump supporters stormed into the US Capitol chanting “stop the steal” referencing the recent results of the 2020 presidential election. Multiple protests also took place at other state capitol buildings. 

 

Not long before the raid, President Trump held a speech directing his supporters to march towards the Capitol to “cheer on” the congressmen and intimidate them to overturn the election results. While igniting the crowd’s dissatisfaction towards the results, congress was preparing to finalize the votes that would confirm Joe Biden as the next President of the United States. 

 

The day of the riot was instigated by Trump’s tweets regarding election fraud, in which one tweet stated, “Big protest in D.C. on January 6th. Be there, will be wild!”. As the riot intensified, Trump made an announcement telling the rioters that they were loved and to go home in peace. Although initially uncontrolled, a curfew was employed and national guards from multiple states were sent out to prevent further violence. As a result of this day, 5 people died and many were injured. However, the members of Congress still managed to complete their task and certified the electoral votes for President-elect Biden. 

 

However, despite the news from last week, President-elect Joe Biden still plans to continue his inauguration and take the oath of office outside the Capitol building. There will be an increase in security and protection with more than 15,000 national guards deployed along and other law enforcement. Trump does not plan to attend the inauguration.

 

Not long after, the rioters at the rally were beginning to get identified and arrested by the FBI in which they could face prosecution. Government officials, mainly those in the Trump Administration, began stepping down from their positions following the rally. Trump’s social media has been shut down on multiple forums including Facebook, Instagram, etc, and he has been permanently suspended from his most active social media outlet; Twitter. Due to initiating the event at the Capitol, a second impeachment was called as Trump is charged with “incitement on insurrection”. He was impeached becoming the first president in history to be impeached twice. He will most likely be placed on trial until after Biden’s inauguration.