On January 6, 2021, over two thousand people took to the United States Capital to protest the results of the election. Ex-Vice President Michael Pence was put in charge of counting electoral votes to verify that the winner of the election was in fact Joesph Biden and not Donald Trump. After he did so, two thousand trump supporters stormed the capital in rage.
Many people have described this incident as an American Coup, meaning that the people attempted to overthrow the government because of a decision(s) that were made that negatively affect the citizens of the country. However, the reasoning for this attack was not because of unjust decisions but is simply because one of America’s most controversial presidents lost both the popular vote as well as the electoral college vote.
Given that Trump has very enthusiastic supporters, he told the Proud Boys to “Stand back and stand by” meaning to wait for further instruction, thus insinuating that they would all come together to attempt to change the results of the election. After months of conservatives denying the very simple results of the election, they took to the capital to protest in honor of their president. Not only did these rioters break into the capital but they stormed in with the Confederate flag. A flag in which thousands of people have died to keep out of the capital since the Civil War when confederates succeeded from the United states because Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. The Confederate south fled the united states because most of their income was based on slave labor. In summation, Conservative's only riot when they do not get what they want.
During this riot at the capitol, many government officials were left to hide in their offices. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) describes the experience as traumatic by saying “This was the moment where I thought everything was over”. Luckily because of a hero named Eugene Goodman rioters were not able to do much damage. Goodman was singlehandedly able to direct the rioters away from where most government officials were hiding and possibly saved their lives. According to AOC, since then the capital has been on surveillance to protect those working there.
After the riot, Ex-President Trump called these rioters “peaceful protesters” on his now deleted twitter account which is another reason for his pending impeachment. Overall Trumps refusal to condemn white supremacy is the reason behind this incident which put lives at stake. Especially considering in an investigation it was found that the thugs that breached the capital had zip ties on them implying that they were going to be taking hostages.
As of currently there have been not breeches of safety of current President, Joe Biden and current Vice President Kamala Harris. Though they might not be perfect but they might handle these situations better than Trump.
By Jeanni Floyd