2021 US Capitol Attack
May 29, 2022
2021 storming of the United States Capitol to 117th United States Congress to validate the results of the 46th US Presidential Election, US President Donald Trump supporters certify results Demonstrations that broke into the Capitol on January 6, 2021 to deter and overthrow defeat, led to riots and acts of violence. Thousands of supporters marched on Pennsylvania Avenue after attending a rally organized by Trump. At a joint meeting of both houses, they raided the Capitol to obstruct the counting of the electoral college and prevent Joe Biden's official victory in the presidential election. After breaking through the police perimeter, protesters occupied, destroyed and looted parts of the building for several hours. The attack resulted in an evacuation order for the National Assembly building, closing the building, and killing five people. Supporters summoned by President Trump gathered in Washington, D.C. on January 5 and 6 to support false claims that the 2020 elections were "stolen" from him and demand that Vice President Mike Pence and Congress reject Biden's victory. Trump supporters were agitated by several lawmakers, including Trump, Donald Trump Jr. and Rudy Giuliani, at a "Save America" rally held in Ellips Park, south of the White House, on January 6th. Trump said he would "fight hell to get our country back" to encourage supporters to march to the Capitol. Giuliani called for a "trial by battle," and Trump Jr. threatened his opponents by calling for a "total war" in the weeks leading to the riots. Many of the demonstrators became violent as they marched to the Houses of Parliament and broke through an overwhelmingly small number of police forces. They threatened congressional police forces and reporters, set up gallows in front of the Capitol, chanted "hang Mike Pence," and showed no intention of illegally overturning the election defeats of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Trump. Members of Parliament, including Vice President Pence, were held hostage and tried to find them for harm. As protesters smashed doors and windows and entered the Capitol, congressional police forces evacuated the Senate and House of Representatives. Several buildings in the Capitol complex were also evacuated and all were closed. Protesters broke through internal security to take over the Vienna Senate, while parliamentary police drew their pistols to defend the evacuated House of Representatives. Many parliamentary offices, including Pelosi, were looted and destroyed. At that time, an improvised explosive device was found on the premises of the Capitol, and explosives were also found on the Democratic National Committee and Republican National Committee and nearby vehicles. Five people, including a congressional police officer, were killed in the incident, and dozens were injured. Trump initially resisted suppressing the protesters by sending the District of Columbia National Guard. In a Twitter video, he called the protesters "great patriots" and repeated allegations of election fraud, calling them "return home in peace." Trump, under pressure from his administration, threats of impeachment and resignation, has promised an orderly transfer of power in his video statement. Protesters were disbanded from the Capitol late that evening, and electoral college counts resumed and completed early the next morning. Vice President Pence declared Biden and Harris as president and vice president, respectively, and confirmed that they would take office on January 20. Afterwards, President Trump told White House aides his 'ordered transition'