In scenes unprecedented in modern US history, violent insurrectionists described as “great patriots” by Trump attacked the US Capitol, overrunning an unprepared police and disrupting a joint session of Congress that was already fraught with tension as dozens of pro-Trump lawmakers sought to challenge the election results.
Amid bloodshed and clashes that killed four people, three from what was described as “medical emergencies,” lawmakers were evacuated, curfew was imposed in the capital, and the mob was evicted before legislators returned under heavy security cover shortly before midnight to complete the process in the wee hours (3.41 am) of Thursday, going beyond the constitutionally mandated January 6 deadline. Pipe bombs, molotov cocktails and guns were discovered during a security sweep.
Trump supporters storm US Capitol
<p>A pro-Trump mob enter the Capitol Building after breaking into it on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC. (AFP)</p>
A disgraced President who was blamed across the political spectrum for igniting violence agreed to an orderly transition on January 20 while maintaining that he disagreed with the outcome of the election on the basis of his bogus claims of fraud that he was unable to establish legally. An aide posted the statement on social media after he was banned across most platforms for violating their civic integrity policies and inciting violence.
“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. Go home with love & in peace. Remember this day forever!” Trump tweeted, rationalizing the violence before he was turfed out of Twitter and other platforms.
“We have to have peace. Go home. I know how you feel — we love you, you are very special,” he told the thugs he first incited by urging them to march to the Capitol during a wild, hour-long speech outside the White House.
He said he would be joining them but slipped away in a motorcade, leaving the flotsam and jetsam washing up at the Capitol. One was wearing a Camp Auschwitz t-shirt, and another vandal wore appropriate horns and tattoos. A noose was hung outside the Capitol in a dark reminder of the treatment meted out to Black slaves.
As usual, the President’s supporters without evidence blamed Antifa and Black Lives Matter activists for the violence even though there is copious video evidence to show racist, white supremacist louts roaming the hallways of Congress, some of them waving Confederate flags representing states that opposed abolition of slavery.
The headline for a commentary on the events in Mother Jones, a liberal publication, read “Donald Trump is now a terrorist leader.” Right-wing media outlets glorified the woman, a 14-year military veteran from San Diego who was shot while breaking into a lawmaker’s chamber, as a “patriot.”
Several lawmakers who had pledged to oppose the ceremonial certification of results folded up in remorse as the insurgent mob overran the Capitol and the election certification process. “There is nothing patriotic about what is occurring on Capitol Hill. This is 3rd world style anti-American anarchy,” Florida’s Republican Senator Marco Rubio, one of the many GOP lawmakers who enabled Trump over four years, said.
In course of the ceremonial process, vice-president Mike Pence and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (soon to be reduced to minority leader following the loss of two Senate seats in Georgia), also parted ways with Trump, paving way for a formal or informal split in the GOP. The President’s sons Donald Trump Jr and Eric Trump both gave previews of the split by invoking “Donald Trump’s Republican Party.”
“This gathering should be a message to all the Republicans who have not been willing to actually fight, the people who did nothing to stop the steal: This isn’t their Republican Party anymore. This is Donald Trump’s Republican Party,” Trump Jr said a rally his father addressed later.
The Trump insurgency spooked several lawmakers and public officials into calling for invoking the 25th Amendment to remove the defeated President from office immediately, fearing he may cause even more damage to the country in the two weeks he has before he has to demit office.
Even business leaders, who were otherwise smitten with Trump, called for his firing, with the National Association of Manufacturers urging Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump and “preserve democracy.”