(Noted News) — 2021 isn’t wasting any time; as congress met to certify the electoral college votes, President Trump walked out to Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless The U.S.A” and gave an hour-long speech praising his movement and laying out why he thought the election was rigged. The speech ended with:
“I say this despite all that’s happened. The best is yet to come. So we’re going to walk down Pennsylvania Avenue—I love Penslvanie avenue—and we’re going to the Capitol and we’re going to try and give… our Republicans—the weak ones because the strong ones don’t need any of our help—we’re going to try and give them the kind of pride and boldness that they need to take back our country. So let’s walk down Pennsylvania Avenue. I want to thank you all, God bless you, and God bless America.”
Instead of walking down Pennsylvania Avenue to the Capitol with his supporters, like he said he would seconds earlier, Donald Trump left the stage to be whisked away to the White House by his convoy. The crowds, what looked like hundreds of thousands and what Trump estimated to be 250,000, then migrated toward the Capitol, quickly invading the building.
Some footage suggests that these crowds didn’t even need to “storm” the building, but were in fact allowed to walk in; either because the police were afraid to confront them, or for other reasons still debated.
Politicians inside started saying prayers, put on gas masks, and hid under tables before being evacuated through various exit points. There were photographs of the computer screens inside lawmakers’ offices that still had a federal alert message on them instructing them to evacuate the premises.
While inside, the protesters ransacked offices, and one of them was photographed sitting in Nancy Pelosi’s office. There are rumors that Pelosi’s entire hard drive from her computer was stolen.
DC Police have confirmed that 4 people died during the invasion. Footage surfaced of Capitol police shooting and killing an unarmed woman named Ashli Babbit, an airforce veteran who tried to climb into the main chamber through a broken door window. She was shot in the neck and appeared to have died very quickly.
During the chaos, Trump tweeted:
He also released a video from the White House urging people to calm down, telling them he loved them and they’re “very special”, but to go home. This video was then removed from Twitter for violating their rules.
The National Guard was brought in from several states to get the situation under control, leading to at least 52 arrests, a number which is likely to grow as authorities identify people through the vast amount of footage and live streams.
Virtually all politicians from both parties condemned the invasion.
Marco Rubio, Republican and Trump-ally said:
“Mr. President, the men and women of law enforcement are under assault. It is crucial you help restore order by sending resources to assist the police and ask those doing this to stand down.”
Governor Ron Desantis, another Trump-ally stated:
“Violence or rioting of any kind is unacceptable and the perpetrators must face the full weight of the law. The Capitol Police do an admirable job and I thank them for their hard work.”
Debbie Wasserman Schultz tweeted:
Most of the Twitter feeds from US lawmakers are filled with similar sentiments.
Vice president Mike Pence, who was expected by many republicans to attempt to block the certification of the electoral college, instead decided to ditch Trump and side with the rest of Washington in accepting Biden as the new president and condemning the chaos in the Capitol. Pence took to Twitter to thank law enforcement for getting the situation under control.
Many Trump supporters, angry at Pence for not blocking the certification, replied to his tweet calling him a traitor and lamenting the killing of Ashli Babbit, painting a picture of just how fragmented the right-wing currently is. Many other Republicans are now being called “traitors” for not doing anything to block Biden’s win.
According to a poll from Politico, 70% of Republicans believe the election was “not free or fair.”
This suggests that there are 52 million republican voters that have likely lost faith in the democratic process and will not vote again soon, dealing a massive blow to the GOP.
President Trump has now officially conceded, saying:
“Even though I totally disagree with the outcome of the election, and the facts bear me out, nevertheless there will be an orderly transition on January 20th. I have always said we would continue our fight to ensure that only legal votes were counted. While this represents the end of the greatest FIRST TERM in presidential history, it’s only THE BEGINNING OF OUR FIGHT to Make America Great Again”
Joe Biden will be inaugurated on Wednesday, January 20, 2021.