On Wednesday, thousands of pro-Donald Trumpers stormed the Capitol to show support for the president and protest the results of the 2020 Election. The sea of supporters came after a rally in which Trump continued to falsely claim the election was stolen from him.
Barricades were charged, scaffolding scaled and, eventually, the Capitol building itself was breached -- as many government buildings were also evacuated. According to reports, arrests have been made and police guarding the Capitol released smoke bombs into the surging crowd.
Tear gas was released in the rotunda, there was an armed standoff and lawmakers were told to shelter in place.
The Mayor of DC ordered a 6pm citywide curfew, while Trump acknowledged the situation by only saying, "Please support our Capitol Police and Law Enforcement. They are truly on the side of our Country. Stay peaceful!"
After criticizing Vice President Mike Pence, he later tweeted, "I am asking for everyone at the U.S. Capitol to remain peaceful. No violence! Remember, WE are the Party of Law & Order – respect the Law and our great men and women in Blue. Thank you!"
BEFORE tweeting to chill out, after protestors had entered the Capitol, he first chose to tweet an attack on the Vice President, but, you know, I guess.
Giving his own speech on Wednesday afternoon, President-elect Joe Biden said, "This is not dissent, it's disorder, it's chaos. This borders on sedition and it must end now. I call on this mob to pull back and allow the work of democracy to go forward."
President-elect Joe Biden: “I call on President Trump to go on national television now to fulfill his oath and defend the Constitution and demand and end to this siege.”
As the situation continues to escalate, political pundits, politicians and celebrities have taken to Twitter to share their disbelief at the turn of events -- and call out the difference in police response to this coup attempt and those who supported the Black Lives Matter movement during protests in 2020, and the MAGA crowd's previous support of police, with whom they're now clashing.
This is disgusting, appalling and NOT AT ALL PATRIOTIC.
If armed people of color; black, Latino, Muslim- stormed the US Capitol to disrupt the transfer of power following an election, there'd be no 'tear gas & rubber bullets phase' of the response. They'd be shot dead before they got 10 steps into the grounds. https://t.co/e5YUH5ErW3
I am so thoroughly disgusted. People were murdered for protesting being murdered, and these anarchist thugs are given the space for photo ops, free of any personal threat. There's no comparison really. This country has repeatedly shown exactly what they think of me and mine. https://t.co/SlmeMaMx0o
I’m so outraged & disappointed. Hearing from stunned friends & colleagues in tears watching this unfold. The Trump presidency has played w/ fire. Those who supported him in Congress should all be ashamed. He should be escorted out of town immediately. Be Best campaign, really?
MAGA protestors have breached security & stormed the Capitol. Senators evacuated for fear of violence. Where are the cops? Why are they being allowed to do this? Remember a few months ago when peaceful protestors were met w/ tear gas/rubber bullets? This is nuts. ARREST THEM ALL.
So let help me understand when there are peaceful protestors like BLM we are met with tear gas but when there are death threats to our public servants ,senators , congress our democracy there is none ?
Mob of traitors has stormed the Capitol building—broken through the police and are now inside by the doors of the Senate chambers. Police overwhelmed. One was just hit and carried away. WHERE IS THE NATIONAL GUARD? WHERE ARE THE RUBBER BULLETS? WHY IS THIS MOB NOT BEING ARRESTED?
The Republican party had turned this country into a banana republic. Everyone who voted for Trump and these anarchists & fascists should hold their head in shame today. This is sedition and treason. #repent
Ask yourself - Rember how quick the front of White House was cleared for trumps fascist photo op ? Why are there no horses ? No helicopters ? You don’t think this is an inside job / If these protestors were black and brown they’d already been dead -