Hundreds of supporters of US President Donald Trump forcefully marched into the US Capitol while the Congress was in session, on Wednesday, disrupting the lawmakers as they were about to certify Democrat President-elect Joe Biden as the winner of the 2020 presidential election. The violence that followed has led to the death of four individuals, and the lawmakers were evacuated, a curfew was imposed in the Capital and the mob was evicted. Pipe bombs, Molotov cocktails, and guns were discovered during a security sweep.
What led to this?
Trump’s attempt and his hunger to cling to power is to be blamed for igniting the violence that has led to 4 deaths and the arrest of 69 individuals. Now even Facebook has extended its ban on Trump’s use of Facebook account through the inauguration, saying the risk of his posts is ‘too great.’
Trump, who continues to insist he will not concede, had said at a rally of his supports on Wednesday afternoon in Washington, “We will never give up.” As the clashes broke out, Trump appealed for peace. “Please support our Capitol Police and Law Enforcement. They are truly on the side of our Country. Stay peaceful!” he tweeted. Biden, on the other hand, said the democracy in America was under an “unprecedented assault”.
The pro-Trump mob took over the presiding officer’s chair in Senate, the offices in the House Speaker, where one of them even yelled, “Trump won that election.”
They mocked its leaders, as they posed for photos in the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, with one foot propped on the desk, while another sat in the same seat Vice President Mike Pence had occupied only moments before.
What is happening is no less than an attempted coup; trying to forcefully hold on to the power that doesn’t belong to Trump.
“To storm the Capitol, to smash windows, to occupy offices, and to threaten the safety of duly elected officials is not protest,” said Biden, “It is insurrection. The world is watching – and like so many other Americans, I am shocked and saddened that our nation, so long a beacon of light, hope, and democracy has come to such a dark moment.”
What the Celebrities and World Leaders have to say
Various celebrities such as Cardi B, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, and the world leaders such as Jacinda Ardern, Justin Trudeau, Boris Johnson, and many more took to social media to show their disappointment and disgust with the events taking place in the United States.
Like so many others, I’ve been watching what’s happening in the United States. I share the sentiment of friends in the US – what is happening is wrong.— Jacinda Ardern (@jacindaardern) January 7, 2021
Canadians are deeply disturbed and saddened by the attack on democracy in the United States, our closest ally and neighbour. Violence will never succeed in overruling the will of the people. Democracy in the US must be upheld – and it will be.— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) January 6, 2021
Disgraceful scenes in U.S. Congress. The United States stands for democracy around the world and it is now vital that there should be a peaceful and orderly transfer of power.— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) January 6, 2021
Distressed to see news about rioting and violence in Washington DC. Orderly and peaceful transfer of power must continue. The democratic process cannot be allowed to be subverted through unlawful protests.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 7, 2021
Just think of the carnage had they not been white.— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) January 6, 2021
I’m speechless— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) January 6, 2021
The epitome of white privilege! How disturbing!!! I am sick to my stomach ! pic.twitter.com/XcCiCUmt1X— Khloé (@khloekardashian) January 6, 2021
It's all BS. Look now at the face of lawlessness, look at this willful ignorance, remember these people. They are the enemies of democracy. https://t.co/19Xa8PsuQX— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) January 6, 2021
Where the National guards ?— iamcardib (@iamcardib) January 6, 2021
As a United States Citizen, and the daughter of two veterans, and the sister of another, I am ashamed of what is happening in Washington. Hypocrisy, shame,— P!nk (@Pink) January 6, 2021
Embarrassment. Unpatriotic hypocritical sheep drinking poison Kool aid. This a sad day for America.
I am crying tears of rage as I watch how these people, who stormed the capital, r being treated w such care. These individuals will be free to leave after their siege. They have more rights than anyone else & just proved it. What more can they possibly have the gaul to ask for?— Tatyana Ali (@TatyanaAli) January 6, 2021
Impeach him right now— Dylan O'Brien (@dylanobrien) January 6, 2021
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