Yesterday, armed rioters stormed the US capitol after President Donald Trump encouraged his supporters to take matters into their own hands by marching down to the front doors of the Capitol building, where four people have been reported as dead. One woman was shot dead by police and three men have said to have died due to medical emergencies.
Trump was quoted in sighting the violence by saying:” It is up to Congress to confront this egregious assault on our democracy and after this we’re going to walk down and I’ll be there with you, we’re going to walk down to the Capitol and we’re going to cheer on our brave Senators and Congressmen and women.”
Despite the urge for his supporters to cheer on for the members of the Senate and Congress his supporters instead scaled parts of the surrounding architecture of the Capitol building and forced their way into the building, trying to gain access to the House chamber as police were unable to stop them.
After four hours of these terrible acts the police were able to secure the building. Chants of the word ‘traitors’ could be heard throughout the streets and the mayor was forced to enable a curfew in order to disperse crowds and 52 arrests have been made in connection to the protests.
Despite the chaos the Democrats were able to take hold of the Senate as Georgia flipped its support to them during the 2020 election.
Former US Defence Secretary condemned Trump and his extremist following. He said:” Today’s violent assault on our Capitol, an effort to subjugate American Democracy by mob rule, was fomented by Mr Trump”. That is not the only backlash Trump has received due to the commotion as the Deputy National Security Advisor Matt Pottinger, Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Matthews, Stephanie Grisham the Chief of Staff for First Lady Melania Trump and the White House Social Security Rickie Niceta have all stepped down from their roles.
At 8:38am UK time Congress was able to confirm that Joe Biden was indeed the next President of the United States.
President Trump released a statement saying:” “Even though I totally disagree with the outcome of the election, and the facts bear me out, nevertheless there will be an orderly transition on January 20th. I have always said we would continue our fight to ensure that only legal votes were counted. While this represents the end of the greatest first term in presidential history, it’s only the beginning of our fight to Make America Great Again!”. Following this announcement Twitter has locked Trump’s Twitter so he can’t publish any tweets over a dictated period.