By Gabriel Rodriguez
Photo by: Gage Skidmore
A pro-Trump mob broke into the Capitol building on January 6th. Congressional leaders and journalists were ushered into rooms and even stacked furniture against doors to prevent the mob from breaking in. The mob had many goals it set out to accomplish which was to stop the inauguration of Biden and even wanting to hang Mike Pence. This event is one of the most severe invasions of the Capitol since the British invaded in the War of 1812 with the British burning down the Capitol. Six people died in the storming of the Capitol. The mob vandalized the building and assaulted police officers. Donald Trump incited the behavior with many tweets of protesting in D.C and even a speech asking them to march to the Capitol on January 6th. Senate aides had taken the boxes containing the electoral votes and if it had not been for the aides then the votes would have been stolen by the mob.
The police were overwhelmed and let the mob mill around the Crypt, the entrance to Washington’s tomb. Around 3:30 p.m, 25 police officers arrived at the Crypt and started asking people to move out. More with riot gear and gas masks then escorted 150 protestors that were in the Crypt.
Protestors exited the Capitol with “trophies” that they took off from the walls. Theft and vandalism was very prominent as many stole or destroyed items in the offices or hallways. There are many pictures of people inside offices or taking things. One man had even ripped open his shirt and bragged about getting into the speaker’s office. Pelosi’s office was quite popular to steal from. Another man had a wooden plaque that marked the entrance to Pelosi’s office.
Some in the mob lashed out against the police, calling them traitors. One of the si people who died was an officer who passed away due to injuries a day later after physically engaging the mob. The police helped escort the lawmakers out and the senators made it to a secure building in the Capitol complex. By 7 p.m, the police officers and federal agents increased their presence and pushed back against the aggressive protesters and prepared for the possibility of more unrest overnight.
The riot at the Capitol was and still is a very concerning event for the American people. The Capitol was breached severely and the mob tried to prevent our democracy from working. The riot was incited by Donald Trump and others. Political leaders incited and promoted a riot to prevent our own democracy from working which is clearly very concerning. Six people lost their lives and these lives shouldn’t have been lost. Action should be taken to ensure our democracy and to have peaceful transitions of power.