Riots at the capital

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Brianna Jahns , Freshman

On January 6th, 2021, rioters stormed the US Capitol. Former President, Donald Trump, gathered hundreds of his supporters in Washington DC to “save America” and called them to action. The rioters got to the chamber floor, resulting in the building starting lockdown.

At the time of the insurrection, Congress was discussing the certification of President Joe Biden’s victory over the election. The building was looted, vandalized, and occupied for around 7 hours. Many of these rioters were violent and attacked police officers. Some of the rioters attempted to find lawmakers, hold them hostage and harm them. Rioters blamed Mike Pence for not rejecting the electoral college votes. Among the chaos, Capitol Police evacuated the House of Representatives and Senate.

Improvised explosive devices were found near the capital. Dozens of people were injured and five people, including Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick, were found dead that day. In a Twitter video, Donald Trump called the rioters “very special” and that they should “go home in peace.”

Several companies and social media platforms cut ties with Trump after this outbreak happened. Twitter banned him from their platform first, eventually having other platforms follow suit. A week afterward, The House of Representatives decided to impeach Trump for “incitement of insurrection.”