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January 6, 2021–A Day of Insurrection

In the eight weeks past the election, Donald Trump continually spread a false narrative over social media that the national elections were rigged and that he was the rightful winner of the Presidency. He also indicated that the Vice President could nullify the votes from certain states and hand the election to him (this is false).

President Donald Trump incited his supporters to “stop the steal” at a “Save America” rally on Wednesday, encouraging them to object to the election results and “fight” for him. “You don’t concede when there’s theft involved. Our country has had enough and we will not take it anymore,” he declared. “And we fight. We fight like hell and if you don’t fight like hell, you’re not going to have a country anymore.”

Earlier, Trump had told the protestors that he planned to march with them to the Capitol building.”We’re going to walk down to the Capitol. And we’re gonna cheer on our brave senators and congressmen and women. And we’re probably not going to be cheering, so much for some of them, because you’ll never take back our country with weakness, you have to show strength and you have to be strong,” he said at his rally on the Ellipse.

Trump would later say to the rioters, “We love you, You’re very special.” Later, he seemed to justify the actions in a tweet, writing, “These are the things and events that happen when a sacred landslide election victory is so unceremoniously & viciously stripped away.”

Here are a few photos from yesterday’s storming of the Capitol by Trump supporters who were angry about Joe Biden becoming the next President of the United States.

Protestors storming the Capitol wall.
Capitol Security with guns drawn should the rioters storm the chamber.
The first time a Confederate Flag has been inside the Capitol Building.
A protestor sits in the Speaker of the House’s (Nancy Pelosi) chair.

At the end of the day, the rioters were cleared, the House and Senate Chambers were restored–and the people’s business of ratifying the election of President Joe Biden was completed.