As the world watched on with open mouths, supporters of President Donald Trump rounded together to form a mob big enough to storm past authorities and into the United States Capitol in Washington in a bid to stop the official presidential handover.
After being incited by Trump, lawmakers inside the building were forced to flee as the unruly mob clashed with police officers as windows were smashed, tear gas deployed and shots fired. The riots resulted in leaving four dead, including what has proved to be one fatal shooting which took place inside the building itself.
After breaking through barriers, the mob was able to walk freely throughout the building until the national guard was deployed in order to help to secure the Capitol.
In what was a brutally toxic day overall, tensions stepped up to unprecedented levels as Trump himself continued to call the election fraudulent while Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s lawyer, spoke publicly and demanded called a “trial by combat” as the cheers of supporters backed the claim. As the situation spiralled out of control, Trumped called for calm and urged protestors to head home.
Soon after, however, Trump again amped up his followers by once more falsely claiming that the election had been “stolen”. He said: “I know your pain, I know your hurt. We had an election that was stolen from us. But you have to go home now. We have to have peace. Go home. We love you. You are very special.”
Now, as the dust has settled on the incident, more details have emerged as popular musicians Ariel Pink and John Maus were among the crowds pushing toward the Capitol. “I was in DC to peacefully show my support for the president,” Pink said. “I attended the rally on the white house lawn and went back to hotel and took a nap. Case closed.”
See their opinions, below.
democrats laughed off any suggestion that mass mail in voting might lead to election fraud in typically dismissive fashion. "Liar!" they snapped in response, and went ahead with their plan, which was meant to undermine Trump by design— Ariel Pink (@arielxpink) January 4, 2021