On the afternoon of Wednesday, January 6, Pro-Trump protesters stormed the U.S. Capitol building after a rally held by the President. This comes after weeks of controversy over what the President has called fraudulent election results, as according to him, “We won it by a landslide. This was no close election.” This all culminated with the President holding a “Save America” rally, where he spoke about the purported fraud. “We’re going to walk down to the Capitol. And we’re gonna cheer on our brave senators and congressmen and women. And we’re probably not going to be cheering, so much for some of them, because you’ll never take back our country with weakness, you have to show strength and you have to be strong,” he said at his rally on the Ellipse.
After the rally, protesters marched on the Capitol, and shortly after 1 P.M. protesters pushed through barriers and began pushing and shoving with police officers. Protests turned to riots, and rioters began scaling the walls of the building, smashing windows, and eventually breached the Capitol. Police released an emergency alert, stating that “Due to an INTERNAL threat in the building, take shelter in the nearest office and stay quiet.” Mayor Muriel Bowser also issued a curfew lasting from 6 P.M. Wednesday to 6 A.M. Thursday. “During the hours of the curfew, no person, other than persons designated by the Mayor, shall walk, bike, run, loiter, stand, or motor by car or other mode of transport” within the district, said the notice.
The building was put on lockdown and several high ranking officials were evacuated. Federal and local officials also responded to reports of possible pipe bombs at the Capitol, Republican National Committee, and Democratic Committee. On the subject of the riots and violence, former DC Metropolitan Police Chief, Charles Ramsey had this to say: “”[President Trump] stirred them up and got the whole thing going. This is as close to a coup attempt as this country has ever seen. That’s what you’re looking at, folks, that’s what you’re looking at and it’s absolutely ridiculous, absolutely ridiculous, and a lot of people are responsible for this.”
With several police officers injured (some seriously), major property damage, and at least one death, this shocking and horrific turn of events is sure to live on in our memories, along with major protests and riots during 2020, as part of a time of serious unrest and violence in the history of our great country.