On January 6, 2021, a violent mob of pro-Trump protesters stormed the U.S Capitol in Washington D.C. in an attempt to overturn the results of President Trump’s 2020 election loss. The electoral college votes which would solidify the end of his Presidency were to be certified by the senate that afternoon.
Prior to the chaos that ensued at Capitol Hill, Trump hosted a “Save America Rally” in which he addressed the roaring crowd and announced that he would not concede. He encouraged his supporters to march stating, "All of us here today do not want to see our election victory stolen by a bold and radical left Democrats... we will not let them silence your voices. We're not going to let it happen."
Protesters began to enter the Capitol building at around 1:10 pm, resulting in a lockdown and the evacuation of congress members. A curfew of 6 pm was instated by mayor Muriel Bowser for the safety of citizens and an attempt to disperse of the rioters before dark.
Rioters looted the building, stealing electronic devices, sensitive data from computers and hard drives, and décor. Supporters swapped the national flag on the exterior of the building with a Trump 2020 flag.
Vice President Mike Pence approved the order to deploy the National Guard to take control of the situation in D.C. The last time a breach occurred on Capitol Hill was in 1814 during the war of 1812, which will mark the 6th as history.
In the aftermath of the protest Elaine Chao, the transportation secretary, Betsy DeVos, the secretary of education, Mick Mulvaney, Trump’s chief of staff, Sarah Matthews, the White House deputy press secretary, Matthew Pottinger, deputy to national security adviser Robert O’Brien, Tyler Goodspeed, chairman of Trump’s Council of Economic Advisers, Eric Dreiband, the assistant attorney general and head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, and Stephanie Grisham, a former White House press secretary, whose current job was chief of staff to first lady Melania Trump have all resigned from their positions appalled by the events that were fomented by President Trump.
House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, both Democrats, called for President Donald Trump to be immediately removed from office. They are the highest ranking officials to call for invoking the 25th Amendment, which is currently being taken into consideration.
Section IV of the amendment states, “Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President.”
A total of five individuals are dead and 82 have been arrested following the barbarity displayed by protestors Wednesday afternoon. Only six days into the new year and we have commenced with a wave of civil unrest.
Hopefully we may start the year afresh on Jan. 20 with President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration into office which Trump has confirmed that he will not attend.