By Kaitlyn Levine
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 06: Pro-Trump supporters storm the U.S. Capitol following a rally with President Donald Trump on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC. Trump supporters gathered in the nation's capital today to protest the ratification of President-elect Joe Biden's Electoral College victory over President Trump in the 2020 election. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images)
January 6, 2021 signaled the first session of legislature of the new year. This session was set to certify the win of Biden, however Republicans from both chambers planned to object and hinder the confirmation. Thousands of Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol, followed by smaller groups rallying at statehouses across the U.S..
Trump lost both the electoral college and popular vote, yet continuously denies his loss. His failure to acknowledge his loss has stirred the emotions of his supporters. Despite asking for a recount in Georgia and Wisconsin and filing lawsuits, he suffered a loss to Biden. In previous remarks, he claimed he would not concede as there is massive fraud. In a series of tweets, he proclaims his so-called victory, and even expresses that states desire a recount.
Trump took these stances with false allegations, and his supporters followed suit. In the afternoon, Trump supporters began mobbing the U.S. Capitol forcing Congress to evacuate office. The National Guard was deployed to repress the protesters, and dissolve the situation. Four have died, one a protester shot in the chest. In addition to this, multiple officers have reported injuries, one allegedly reporting to the hospital.
Trump’s Twitter account has been locked following his acknowledgement of rioters, claiming that his tweets violated the platform's Civic Integrity policy and Violent Threats policy. Additionally, several members of Congress have taken to Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment—become the acting President on the occasion that the cabinets find the President disabled.
Congress reconvened after the failed insurrection to continue the confirmation of president-elect Biden. Despite originally having plans to object to this, Republican senators have begun accepting Biden’s win and dropping their claims. Many White House officials have resigned, including Stephanie Grisham, the former Chief of Staff to Melania Trump.
Written by writer Kaitlyn Levine