"[155][156] Referring to the day of the elections, Trump said, "most people would stand there at 9:00 in the evening and say, 'I want to thank you very much,' and they go off to some other life, but I said, 'Something's wrong here. After last week's riots at the U.S. Capitol Building, the FBI has warned of additional threats in the nation's capital and in all 50 states. [73][74][75] The results became clear four days after Election Day, after the vote had been tallied. "[23] Items, including portraits of John Quincy Adams and James Madison, as well as a marble statue of Thomas Jefferson, were covered in "corrosive gas agent residue"; these were sent to the Smithsonian for assessment and restoration. [125], Three days before the storming, a 12-page report from the Capitol Police's intelligence unit described that Congress would be the target on the day of the Electoral College vote counting. [194], Although a few evangelical leaders supported the riots,[192] most condemned the violence and criticized Trump for inciting the crowd. More than 800 videos and audio files—including D.C. Metropolitan Police radio transmission, Capitol Policy body-worn camera footage, and Capitol surveillance surveillance camera footage—was later obtained as evidence in Trump's impeachment trial. [48], As the mob roamed the Capitol, lawmakers, aides, and staff took shelter in offices and closets. The document used the term "war" to describe the rioters' motive, which mentioned specific violence references, including the blood of Black Lives Matter and Antifa members. Those violent riots were a form of “insurrection,” but the label was never applied. at his Republican colleagues. So go home. Deaths Near 100,000, An Incalculable Loss, Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=2021_storming_of_the_United_States_Capitol&oldid=1008426081, Attacks on buildings and structures in 2021, Attacks on buildings and structures in the United States, Controversies of the 2020 United States presidential election, Coups d'état and coup attempts in the United States, Crimes against police officers in the United States. [351] One officer was crushed between a door and a riot shield while defending the west side of the Capitol with other officers against a mob of violent rioters; he later suffered a concussion. and added that they "[are] not going to be run out by a mob. The storming of the United States Capitol was a riot and violent attack against the 117th United States Congress at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, January 6, 2021. Sources that refer to the event as a coup include: Jennifer Valentino-DeVries, Grace Ashford, Denise Lu, Eleanor Lutz, Alex Leeds Matthews & Karen Yourish. [90][91][92] The Washington Post wrote that videos and posts revealed earlier connections between Alexander and the three members of congress. [233], While sheltering for hours in the "safe room" – a cramped, windowless room where people sat within arms' length of each other – some Republican Congress members refused to wear facemasks, even when their Democratic colleagues begged them to. [214][291] At 2:47 p.m., as his supporters violently clashed with police at the Capitol, Trump tweeted, "Please support our Capitol Police and Law Enforcement. Called to action by Trump,[29] thousands[30] of his supporters had gathered in Washington, D.C., on January 5 and 6 in support of his false claims that the 2020 election had been "stolen" from him,[31][32] and to demand that Vice President Mike Pence and Congress reject Joe Biden's victory. ", "The four-hour insurrection: How a Trump mob halted American democracy", "2020 US Presidential Election Results: Live Map", "Biden's 306 Electoral College Votes Make His Victory Official", "Biden officially secures enough electors to become president", "Trump tries to leverage power of office to subvert Biden win", "Trump Targets Michigan in His Ploy to Subvert the Election", "Trump presses Georgia governor to help subvert election", "Trump asks Pennsylvania House speaker for help overturning election results, personally intervening in a third state", "The Growing Backlash Against Trump's Efforts To Subvert The Election : Consider This from NPR", "House conservatives urge Trump not to concede and press for floor fight over election loss", "This Is a Coup. During the ensuing riot, the mob chanted “Hang Mike Pence.” Trump suggested that he wanted his supporters to stop the certification of Biden’s electoral win, not just protest it. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell reopened the Senate's session around 8:00 p.m. EST, saying that the Senate refused to be intimidated, and that it would count the electors and declare the president "tonight", after two hours of debate on the objection to the Arizona electors. [18][377] Sicknick was lain in honor in the Capitol Rotunda, before being interred at Arlington National Cemetery. [161] By then, rioters had broken through police barriers onto the Capitol grounds. [344][345][346], Five people died or were fatally injured during the event: one was a Capitol Police officer, and four were among those who stormed or protested at the Capitol. [203][204], Trump tweeted that Pence "didn't have the courage to do what should have been done" at 2:24 p.m. Something's really wrong. 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[493][491] Others arrested include: Richard "Bigo" Barnett, the leader of an Arkansas gun rights organization who stole a letter from Pelosi's desk; Larry Rendell Brock, a retired Air Force Reserve officer from Texas who roamed the Senate chamber in a green tactical vest with a white flex cuff; Lonnie Coffman of Alabama, whose truck was found two blocks from the Capitol containing 11 homemade bombs, an assault rifle, and a handgun; Douglas Jenson, who led a mob of rioters chasing Officer Goodman; Robert Keith Packer, who wore a "Camp Auschwitz" T-shirt; William Merry Jr, who ripped off a chunk of Pelosi's nameplate above her office; and Adam Johnson from Florida, who allegedly stole Pelosi's lectern. "Amid violence, Trump says, 'Remember this day forever! America's supporters condemned riots which temporarily stopped the certifying of votes declaring Joe Biden the nation's next president, while its enemies commented on the chaos with smug satisfaction. [449][450][451] Several members of the Trump administration resigned,[452] as did three top security officials for Congress. [360][361][362] Since the event, Babbitt has been described as a martyr by some far-right extremists who view her as a freedom fighter. [357][221] Babbitt was unarmed when she was shot and killed; however, officers were aware that many rioters and intruders were carrying concealed weapons. Police found her, and, as her press pass had been stolen, they held her at gunpoint before her colleagues intervened. [299], Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund joined a conference call with D.C. government and Pentagon officials at 2:26 p.m. where he "[made] an urgent, urgent immediate request for National Guard assistance", telling them he needed "boots on the ground". [89] According to Alexander, "It was to build momentum and pressure and then on the day change hearts and minds of Congress peoples who weren't yet decided or who saw everyone outside and said, 'I can't be on the other side of that mob.'" [431], The events have variously been described as treason,[432] insurrection, sedition, domestic terrorism,[433] an attempt by Trump to carry out a coup d'état[434][435] or self-coup,[436] and the biggest challenge to American democracy since the American Civil War. [327] On the night of January 6, Bowser issued an order extending the public emergency in Washington, D.C., for 15 days, writing in the order that she expected some people would "continue their violent protests through the inauguration". [210] All buildings in the complex were subsequently locked down, with no entry or exit from the buildings allowed. An environmental health expert described the situation as a "superspreader" event. (The Army initially denied Charles Flynn's participation but confirmed it on January 20, when Flynn himself told The Washington Post that he "entered the room after the call began and departed prior to the call ending. [473][474][475] According to an analysis by The Guardian of statistics collected by the US Crisis Monitor, "Police in the United States are three times more likely to use force against leftwing protesters than rightwing protesters", regardless of whether the protest is peaceful or violent. But that didn’t happen. "[54][292], At 6:25 p.m., Trump 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" and then issued a call: "Go home with love & in peace. [39][165] The crowd swept past barriers and officers, with some members of the mob spraying officers with chemical agents or hitting them with lead pipes. In 1621 Plymouth colonists and Native Americans celebrated a harvest Thanksgiving feast together, but those native populations were later also wiped out. [297][298] Boebert responded that she was not sharing private information, since Pelosi's removal was also being broadcast on TV. [266] Most notably, members of the right-wing Tea Party Patriots-backed group America's Frontline Doctors, including founder Simone Gold and communications director John Strand, were arrested in connection with the assault on the Capitol. [507][508], On February 16, 2021, Trump was sued by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People on behalf of the House Homeland Security chairman, Bennie Thompson of Mississippi, for conspiring to incite the violent assault at the Capitol. The post said that the league was not aware of any credible threats of violence, but noted that "if the past is any indication, the combination of an extremist presence at the rallies and the heated nature of the rhetoric suggests that violence is a possibility. Views expressed by writers in this section are their own and do not reflect Al Arabiya English's point-of-view. [113] However, the FBI decided not to distribute a formal intelligence bulletin. "[505][506], On February 13, Pelosi announced plans to create a commission to investigate the attack on the Capitol, modeled after the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (9/11 Commission), an independent panel that investigated the attacks of September 11, 2001. "[131] Military news website SOFREP reported that "several" Secret‑level laptops were stolen, some of which had been abandoned while still logged in to SIPRNet, causing authorities to temporarily shut down SIPRNet for a security update on January 7 and leading the United States Army Special Operations Command to re-authorize all SIPRNet-connected computers on January 8. [396][397][398], The rioters caused extensive physical damage. Two officers who helped fight the Capitol mob died of suicide. List of incidents of political violence in Washington, D.C. 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[375], Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick, 42, a 13-year veteran of the force,[376] having been exposed to pepper spray during the riot suffered a thromboembolic stroke the following day[347] and was placed on life support,[6] but soon died. 24 – Impeaching Donald John Trump, President of the United States, for high crimes and misdemeanors, H.Res.31 – Condemning and censuring Representative Mo Brooks of Alabama, Article of Impeachment against Donald J. 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