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US Capitol Hill Attack: A Black Spot in US Democracy?

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US Capitol Hill Attack: A Black Spot in US Democracy?

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In this article “US Capitol Hill Attack: A Black Spot in US History?”, we will take on this controversial issue, with more facts.

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What Triggered the Attack on US Capitol?

Let’s first understand the sequence of events that lead to the attack on US Capitol Hill by supporters of Donald Trump.

By the first week of December, Donald Trump realized that he is losing the elections.

But on records, he never accepted the defeat. 

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On 04 January 2021, an audio recording of the call between Donald Trump and the Georgia Secretary was exposed to media, in which he can be heard berating the official to find 11780 votes in Georgia.

Basically, as sitting President of United States, Trump verbally ordered the officials to create those votes out of thin air, THIS WAY OR THAT WAY!

Listen to the complete call recording.

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Now please listen to the speech of Donald Trump just before the US Capitol Hill Attack.

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Trump is clearly seen talking about the election results manipulation by President-Elect Joe Biden Jr.

He can also be heard asking all his supporters to march towards US Capitol Hill to protest the formal declaration of US Presidential election results and acceptance of Joe Biden Jr as the 46th President of the USA.

In this video, he can be heard confirming to his supporter that he will also join them in the protest march towards US Capitol Hill.

But in the actual timeline, after completion of his speech, he straight away went to the White House and didn’t join his protesting supporters’ march toward US Capitol Hill.

How Incident Unfolded?

It started as an attempt by an angry mob of President Donald Trump’s supporters to stop the Electoral College vote count.

It ended, many chaotic hours later, with Congress completing its count after several Republicans dropped their plans to object, a rare statement from Trump in which he came as close as he has yet to conceding he lost, the resignation of senior administration officials in protest over the violence at the Capitol and calls from Democrats and at least one Republican to have Trump removed from office.

Wednesday’s historic sequence of events began with a late-morning rally by a defiant president fixated on his failure to win reelection.

Trump spent the more than hour-long speech at the Ellipse near the White House repeating his false claims that the election was stolen from him through voter fraud. He called on Pence to reject the Electoral College votes from a handful of battleground states, power the vice president does not have, ratcheting up pressure on one of his most loyal aides to stick by his side in a final attempt to defy Congress and the Constitution.

Even as Trump spoke, Pence had arrived at the Capitol with a letter in which he acknowledged he lacked “unilateral authority to determine which electoral votes should be counted and which should not.”

Still, Trump urged Pence to “come through for us,” and said supporters would “walk down to the Capitol” to protest against Republicans who refused to back his effort to overturn the election. The president’s son Donald Trump Jr. was more blunt in a speech before Trump took the stage.

“We’re coming for you,” he said.

The crowd listened.

After the president concluded his remarks, a large crowd waving Trump flags began gathering at the Capitol West Front.

What Happened Afterwards?

Clashes soon broke out with Capitol Police, and rioters succeeded in breaking through police barricades guarding entrances on the east side of the building.

With the perimeter breached, the mob streamed up the steps on the House and Senate sides of the Capitol and broke into the building.

What followed was mayhem on a level not seen inside the Capitol in more than two hundred years.

At first, the commotion outside the Senate chamber sounded like a routine disturbance to the members inside, the kind of small-scale protest that often takes place at the Capitol.

Then a Senate aide burst through a door into the chamber.

As senators seated at their desks watched with surprise, the aide raced down an aisle towards the dais, where Vice President Mike Pence was presiding over objections to Congress accepting President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory. In a matter of moments, the vice president gaveled a recess and was whisked away.

Across the Capitol Building, House lawmakers were in the midst of their floor debate when they first heard reports that the Cannon House Office Building was being evacuated.

Then news began spreading of Pence’s evacuation. Shortly after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was ushered out of the chamber.

Soon, the House chamber was on lockdown as the United States Capitol Police officers with guns drawn faced off against a violent mob intent on breaking in.

The deadly clash that unfolded Wednesday was one of the largest security breaches of the United States Capitol in the nation’s history.

The assault raised questions about the security of the Capitol Building, as well as the disparate police treatment of white and non-white protesters.

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Rioters placed Trump flags in the National Statuary Hall.

They ransacked lawmakers’ offices. Photos went viral of a protester with his feet up on a desk in Pelosi’s office suite, and others waving Confederate flags.

One of the most dramatic standoffs took place outside of the House chamber. As rioters banged on the doors to get in, Capitol Police issued instructions to House lawmakers to shelter in place as they scrambled to find a safe way to get them out of the chamber.

For several tense minutes, House lawmakers crouched on the ground, waiting for a signal from the police to evacuate. 

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Eventually, Capitol Police escorted lawmakers out and down a series of staircases to secure locations where they waited for the mob to be quelled.

On the Senate side, most members were sequestered together in a secure room. In the confusion, while they were being evacuated from the chamber, some senators did not make it to the secure room and dispersed to other parts of the Capitol complex, leaving Senate staff to search for them to ensure every member was safe and accounted for.

Inside the room where they were being held, a debate erupted among Senate Republicans about how to proceed.

By that point in the afternoon, it was becoming clear the situation had spiraled out of control and that the assault on the Capitol had overshadowed the Electoral College vote count.

Through the late afternoon, a large crowd of Trump supporters remained lodged outside of the Capitol.

Rioters attacked crews of journalists who were covering the events.

Law enforcement authorities discovered suspected explosive devices outside of the offices of both the Democratic National Committee and the Republican National Committee, which are headquartered a few blocks away.

Police fatally shot a rioter inside the Capitol.

The victim was later identified as Ashli Babbitt, a 35-year-old Air Force veteran with a history of social media posts supporting Trump’s claims that the election was rigged.

Three other people died during the insurrection.

The national guards for Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia were deployed to the Capitol.

At approximately 4 p.m., Biden delivered a brief speech from Wilmington, Delaware, condemning the attack.

“This is not dissent, it’s disorder. It’s chaos. It 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,” Biden said.

He also called on Trump to go on national television and “demand an end to this siege.”

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Trump released a short video from the White House soon after Biden’s speech.

But instead of unequivocally condemning the riot, the president offered a mixed message in which he expressed support for his followers.

Democrats dismissed the message and even appeared to fall short among Trump’s allies in Congress.

Two hours later, as police worked to secure the Capitol so that Congress could continue the Electoral College vote count, Rep.

Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., issued a statement saying that she would abandon her plan to object to the count.

Other Republicans soon followed suit. A few minutes before 9 p.m., Republican Sens.

James Lankford of Oklahoma and Steve Daines of Montana issued a joint statement announcing they would also drop their objections in response to the violence at the Capitol.

“We now need the entire Congress to come together and vote to certify the election results,” they said.

The tide had turned against pro-Trump Republicans in Congress, and against the president.

After a debate that stretched into early Thursday morning, Congress approved the Electoral College vote for Biden at 3:40 a.m.

Even before the voting ended, a debate was already underway about why the police did not do more to stop an overwhelmingly white mob with ties to white supremacist groups from breaching the Capitol.

By Wednesday, Sen. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Pelosi and other Democrats called for Trump to leave office immediately. As they reflected on the ordeal, lawmakers said they still could not believe what had happened.

Trump — who lost the popular and electoral college vote — continues to dispute the election results, without evidence, and has encouraged his supporters to attend the rallies.

He took the stage about noon to roaring crowds, falsely claiming he had won the election.

Later at the U.S. Capitol, throngs of people pushed past police who were trying to block them from entering the building as lawmakers inside debated counting electoral college votes confirming Biden’s victory.

A mob was able to breach security and successfully enter the building, where one person was shot and later died.

The woman who was shot and killed during rioting in the Capitol on Wednesday was identified as 35-year-old Ashli Babbitt, a California native and Air Force veteran, said her former husband.

Timothy McEntee wrote in text messages that Babbitt, of San Diego, was deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq in the Air Force, before other deployments with the National Guard to Kuwait and Qatar.

McEntee and Babbitt met in the Air Force and were married for 14 years, before splitting in 2019.

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Twitter and Facebook suspended Trump’s Accounts!

For the first time, the microblogging site Twitter on Wednesday (local time) officially removed several tweets from US President Donald Trump, where he spoke on the violent protests at the US Capitol.

One of the deleted tweets was a video where Trump addressed his supporters, telling them to ‘go home’ while reiterating allegations of voter fraud, while another deleted tweet had him saying Vice President Mike Pence lacked the “courage” to do what was necessary.

The removal comes after Facebook and YouTube removed Trump’s video to supporters and amid calls by the Anti-Defamation League and the NAACP for Trump’s social media accounts to be suspended outright.

In the one-minute video on Twitter, Trump said: “I know you are pained; I know you are hurt. We had an election that was stolen from us. That was a landslide election, and everyone knows it, especially the other side. But you must go home now. We must have peace. We’ve to have law and order. We don’t want anybody hurt.”

“This was a fraudulent election, but we can’t play in the hands of these people. We must have peace. So go home. We love you. You’re incredibly special. You’ve seen what happens. You see the way others are treated that are so bad and so evil. I know how you feel. But go home and go home in peace,” he added.

The tweet was immediately flagged by the microblogging site as the claim of election fraud was disputed. Twitter also restricted the post from being liked, retweeted, or replied to, due to a risk of stoking violence.

Trump later tweeted: “These are the things and events that happen when a sacred landslide election victory is so unceremoniously & viciously stripped away from great patriots who have been badly & unfairly treated for so long. Go home with love & in peace. Remember this day forever!”. This tweet was also deleted.

As on 06 Jan 2021, this was a temporary suspension.

On 08 January 2021, Facebook banned President Donald Trump from the platform “Indefinitely” due to his efforts to incite violence in the US capital this week.

What Happened Afterwards?

With US President Donald Trump happens to the most powerful man on this planet, with his finger always ready over the Nuclear Bomb’s button, after this attack, it was realized that Trump has failed as First Citizen of the USA.

Congressmen started demanding the removal of the President 14 days before handing over of power using the imposition of the 25th Amendment.

It was also declared that if Vice President Mike Pence failed to remove Trump using the 25th Amendment, then President Trump should be removed from office through impeachment. 

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Immediately, Trump backtracked and formally accepted his defeat in the US Presidential Election 2020 and promised that handing over of Power will be done with peaceful methods.

His backtrack can be clearly seen in the video mentioned below.

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