The US Capitol was locked down Wed, Jan 6, as pro-Trump protesters entered and vandalized the Capitol. The chaos began at a Wednesday rally calling on Congress to overturn the 2020 presidential election results. One woman, an Air Force veteran from San Diego, California, was fatally shot as Trump supporters swarmed the Capitol building, disrupting Joe Biden’s certification as president. Three others are said to have died due to other medical emergencies. A citywide curfew was put in effect from 6 PM ET on Jan 6 to 6 AM ET on Jan 7. Police secured the Capitol grounds as nightfall approached, leading to more than 26 arrests on site. Rioters may have temporarily stopped progress toward Biden’s inevitable certification, but Lawmakers were safely able to resume their work Wednesday evening. Congress confirmed Joe Biden’s presidential victory, defying a mob that stormed the Capitol in a display of violence egged on by President Donald Trump. In my opinion, this was an act of bullying and domestic terrorism by the American people. We should all be able to disagree peacefully, not putting a tear in our civil and political fabric, which will be beyond difficult to repair while still dealing with the pandemic.
Here are some quotes I found to ring true to yesterday’s destructive and forever damaging events.
“This is not dissent,” Biden said in a speech as the chaos was unfolding. “It’s disorder. It’s chaos. It borders on sedition and it must end now.”
Former President George W. Bush said he was “appalled by the reckless behavior of some political leaders since the election and by the lack of respect shown today for our institutions, our traditions, and our law enforcement.”
“Storming the capitol was an act of political violence meant to express ownership of the country, regardless of the outcome of any election,” Adam Serwer, a writer at The Atlantic, tweeted. “Its surrender by the capitol police was an affirmation that will encourage further violence.”
“Not everyone storming the Capitol is QAnon, but make no mistake: this wouldn’t have happened without QAnon, the politicians and partisan media figures who cynically embraced it, and the platforms that amplified it for years,” Kevin Roose, a Times tech columnist, wrote.
“This is the most shocking, most tragic, least-surprising thing I’ve ever seen. For years now, people have been telling you cowards that if you let the president lie about our democracy over and over and then join him in that lie and say he’s right when you know for a fact that he is not, there will be a terrible price to pay,” Steven Colbert.
“There’s a difference, a big difference, between peaceful protests and expressing your freedoms,” said Schneider, who was appointed to his post by Trump. “This is not it. The violent protesters are committing crimes, and they have to stop right now; this is not what our Constitution protects.”
“No one who aided and abetted today’s actions should ever be allowed to serve in a democracy they so clearly detest. There must be consequences for stoking violence and sedition; otherwise, we’re going to see it again,” Late Night with Seth Meyers.
People were walking around with the flag upside down, thinking they’re patriotic. Today was not patriotism. Today was terrorism,” Jimmy Fallon.