Wednesday's inauguration was a joyous, hopeful, uplifting, and somewhat relieving event.
But it was also tinged with moments of sadness — such as when Twitter discovered members of Congress reportedly came to the ceremony wearing body armor.
With the riots that besmirched that very Capitol just a fortnight ago still fresh in everyone's mind, the fear of further violence made an unwelcome but unavoidable backdrop to what should have been an open celebration.
As ABC News discussed what attendees were wearing, the broadcaster casually dropped the fact that some outfits bore bulletproof plating underneath, a detail that simply dismayed many of those watching online.
"That 'members of Congress are wearing body armor' just keeps reverberating on my brain," one wrote.
"can we discuss the fact that all of congress and the senate are wearing body armor under their coats in case of an attack? from our own citizens," another added.
"If ABC talking about the fashion and then casually talking about the body armor that members of Congress are wearing under the fashion isn't the most dystopian s--- I've ever heard," a third lamented.
Some speculated that Lady Gaga and even the newly sworn in Vice President Kamala Harris may have been wearing protection.
Others used news to hammer home the point about the need for further gun control, pointing out that schoolchildren are routinely forced to undergo drills because of the constant threat.
They just mentioned on ABC that many members of Congress are wearing body armor underneath their clothes. An incredible reminder that as federal investigators say, Congressmen and Congresswomen could've been killed two weeks ago.
To see Inauguration Day filled with body armor truly breaks my heart. Our leaders should not have to live in fear of the American people, but this is our world. Prayers be to all for peace, equality, and change.
Masks and body armor and 15000 troops and nobody on the crowd- all because the previous president and his violent, diseased maniac supporters were such abject failures as Americans and as humans. Never forget their villainy.
"Some of these Congress people are wearing body armor." Literally dont give a fuck, goddman grade schoolers have been doing active shooter drills in anticipation of a shooting that happens every 77 days. Pass some fucking gun control.
SO bizarre to hear @ABCPolitics reporting that Congress members at #Inauguration have on body armor under their coats. They face ONE attack and get body armor, but CONSTANT school shootings and we see no protection? Gun control NOW.