A web of pro-Trump dark money groups helped organize the rally that led to a deadly riot on Capitol Hill. [253], An academic analysis reported in The Atlantic found that of the 193 people so far arrested for invading the Capitol, 89 percent had no clear public connection to established far-right militias, known white-nationalist gangs, or any other known militant organizations. [194], Although a few evangelical leaders supported the riots,[192] most condemned the violence and criticized Trump for inciting the crowd. ";[294][295] Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) issued a tweet telling Trump that "it is crucial you help restore order by sending resources to assist the police and ask those doing this to stand down"; and Representative Mike Gallagher (R–WI), in a video message, told Trump to "call it off". For more information, please read our Privacy Policy, Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as they storm the US Capitol in Washington, DC on January 6, 2021. [77] Trump then mounted a campaign to pressure Republican governors, secretaries of state, and Republican-controlled state legislatures to nullify results, by replacing slates of Biden electors with those declared to Trump, or manufacturing evidence of fraud; and demanding lawmakers investigate supposed election "irregularities", such as by conducting signature matches of mail-in ballots (regardless of efforts already undertaken). He told the crowd that he'd be going with them. Washington D.C. riot photos reveal American democracy’s darkest day. [307][308] About 3:04 p.m., Miller spoke with Pence, Pelosi, McConnell and Schumer, and directed the National Guard and other "additional support" to respond to the riot. He is the only federal official in United States history to have ever been impeached twice. [162], A reliable estimate of the total size of the crowd cannot be ascertained, seeing that aerial photos are not permitted in Washington, D.C., for reasons of security. The department responded to several incidents where its officers threatened to harm themselves; one officer turned in her weapon because she feared what she would do with it. [107][117] Advance Democracy, Inc., a nonpartisan governance watchdog, found 1,480 posts from accounts related to QAnon that referenced the events of January 6 in the six days leading up to it, including calls for violence. [445] Following this, Trump attempted to access alternate accounts, such as the official President of the United States (@POTUS) account, on the platform to continue tweeting and to bemoan the suspension of his account, but all tweets were subsequently deleted and the accounts either suspended or banned. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) The Associated Press President Donald Trump spoke … [86] In late 2020 and early 2021, Kremer organized and spoke at a series of events across the country as part of a bus tour to encourage attendance at the January 6 rally and support Trump's efforts to overturn the election result. [500][501], Senate Democrats asked to begin the trial immediately, while Trump was still in office, but McConnell blocked the plan. Protests were again being held at state capitols in the week before inauguration. and added that they "[are] not going to be run out by a mob. [487], Notable arrests include: West Virginia state lawmaker Derrick Evans, who later resigned from office;[488] Klete Keller, a former U.S. Olympic swimmer;[489] the leader of a Proud Boys group in Hawaii;[490] Jake Angeli, also known as the "QAnon Shaman";[491] far-right activist Tim "Baked Alaska" Gionet;[492] and the 34-year-old son of a Brooklyn judge. Stay peaceful! [395] Multiple sources noted that Federal Prison Industries, as a "mandatory source" for government agencies, would receive priority when the government begins purchasing goods FPI manufactures such as office furniture to replace what was damaged in the riots. It was alleged that she had stolen a laptop or hard drive from Pelosi's office with the intention of sending it to a friend in Russia for sale to the country's foreign intelligence service. )", "Amash's Successor Peter Meijer: Trump's Deceptions Are 'Rankly Unfit' – Reason.com", "Rep. 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The law was first passed following the Civil War to combat the Ku Klux Klan violence and allow African Americans to take action against hate groups who use "force, intimidation, or threat" to prevent leaders from doing the duties of their office.[510][511][512]. [313] Capitol Police were assisted by the local D.C. Metropolitan Police Department,[4] which sent 850 officers (over a quarter of the total force) to the Capitol during the event, along with an additional 250 officers to the Capitol grounds. [304], Pentagon officials reportedly restricted D.C. guard troops from being deployed except as a measure of last resort, and from receiving ammunition and riot gear; troops were also instructed to engage with protesters only in situations warranting self-defense and could not share equipment with local police or use surveillance equipment without prior approval from Acting Defense Secretary Christopher C. [97] Multiple sites graphically and explicitly discussed "war", physically taking charge at the event, and killing politicians, even soliciting opinions about which politician should be hung first, with a GIF of a noose. We could absolutely fucking destroy you! Says A 'Non-Scalable' 7-Foot Fence Is Going Up Around U.S. Capitol", "Nine days police in DC arrested more people than they did during the Capitol siege", "DC Police Chief: Two pipe bombs, cooler with Molotov cocktails found on Capitol grounds", "Police Confirm Death Of Officer Injured During Attack On Capitol", "Trump supporter arrested at Capitol had 11 Molotov cocktails: Feds", "Alabama man arrested during Capitol riots had Molotov cocktails in mason jars, police say", "Roll Call Vote 117th Congress – 1st Session: On the Objection (Shall the Objection Submitted by the Gentleman from Arizona, Mr. Gosar, and the Senator from Texas, Mr. Cruz, and Others Be Sustained? Sources that refer to the event as a coup include: Jennifer Valentino-DeVries, Grace Ashford, Denise Lu, Eleanor Lutz, Alex Leeds Matthews & Karen Yourish. [331], A vehicle containing a semi-automatic rifle and a cooler full of eleven Molotov cocktails was also found nearby. [127] "To be clear, the District of Columbia is not requesting other federal law enforcement personnel and discourages any additional deployment without immediate notification to, and consultation with, MPD if such plans are underway," Bowser wrote in a letter to the United States Department of Justice, and reproduced this language in a Tweet. 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[482] The majority of cases are in federal court, while others are in D.C. Superior Court. [363] Other QAnon supporters, including lawyer L. Lin Wood, have claimed that Babbitt is still alive and that her apparent death was a "false flag" operation. ... 2021 3:27am. Trump's sons, Donald Jr. and Eric, also spoke, naming and verbally attacking Republican congressmen and senators who were not supporting the effort to challenge the Electoral College vote, and promising to campaign against them in future primary elections. [318] Around 5:20 p.m., Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced that he would send the Maryland State Police and Maryland National Guard, after speaking to the Secretary of the Army. Several buildings in the Capitol complex were evacuated, and all were locked down. [185][186][187][188] For the first time in U.S. history, a Confederate battle flag was displayed inside the Capitol. [201] Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) exasperatedly threw up his hands and directly criticized several fellow Republicans who were challenging President-elect Biden's electoral votes, yelling to them, "This is what you've gotten, guys. FILE - With the White House in the background, then-President Donald Trump speaks to his supporters during a rally in Washington, Jan. 6, 2021. [163][164], The Proud Boys contingent reached the west perimeter of the Capitol grounds, which was protected by temporary fences in front of a sparse line of police, and other Trump supporters arrived, forming a growing crowd. [458][459][460] Many motels in and around D.C. ceased taking reservations and canceled preexisting ones in the days leading up to inauguration. [113] However, the FBI decided not to distribute a formal intelligence bulletin. [462][463] Apple and Google subsequently removed the service's mobile app from their respective app stores, citing its hosting of posts inciting violence and its failure to adopt more robust content moderation. [348] At least 138 police officers (73 Capitol Police officers, 65 Metropolitan Police Department officers) were injured,[21] including at least 15 who were hospitalized, some with severe injuries. "Amid violence, Trump says, 'Remember this day forever! "A Capitol Police Officer On Duty During The Coup Attempt Has Died By Suicide", "Capitol Police officer who was on duty during the riot has died by suicide, his family says", "Second police officer died by suicide following Capitol attack", "Managers present dramatic new video of Capitol mob at Trump impeachment trial", "Senators and impeachment managers: The trial is over but the work isn't done", "Senators from both Virginias explain votes in impeachment trial", "Response from Fla. Republican and Democratic leaders to Senate's acquittal of former President Trump", "Menendez Statement Following Vote to Convict Former President Donald Trump for Inciting Riot on Nation's Capitol to Stop Certification of Election Results | U.S. To quote de Tocqueville once more, those missteps are also part of America’s story, for “the greatness of America lies not in being more enlightened than any other nation, but rather in her ability to repair her faults.”. If America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.” Before making America great, let us make America good again. [131] Capitol Police chief Sund said his department had developed a plan to respond to "First Amendment activities" but had not planned for the "criminal riotous behavior" they encountered. [161] By then, rioters had broken through police barriers onto the Capitol grounds. [240][244] Sund told The Washington Post on January 10 that he suspected the pipe bombs were intentionally placed to draw police away from the Capitol;[170] Representative Tim Ryan (D–OH) echoed the sentiment in a virtual news conference on January 11, who said "we do believe there was some level of coordination ... because of the pipe bombs ... that immediately drew attention away from the breach that was happening". [472], Questions have been raised in the media regarding the discrepancy in police response to Black Lives Matter and white supremacist protesters, including the rioters who stormed the US Capitol. [168] A short time afterward, the Capitol Police requested reinforcements from the DC Metropolitan Police, who arrived within 15 minutes. [2] The Capitol was placed under lockdown while lawmakers were evacuated. ... January 6, 2021. "[36]:01:11:44 He said the protesters would be "going to the Capitol and we're going to try and give [Republicans] the kind of pride and boldness that they need to take back our country". At 12:53 p.m. rioters, including Proud Boys, broke through the barriers, and onto the Capitol grounds for the first time. [430], Several NATO intelligence agencies outside the United States also briefed their governments that it was an attempted coup by President Trump which may have had help from federal law-enforcement officials. [283], Trump was in the West Wing of the White House at the time. Police found her, and, as her press pass had been stolen, they held her at gunpoint before her colleagues intervened. [124] Three days before the riots, the Department of Defense twice offered to deploy the National Guard to the Capitol, but were told by the United States Capitol Police that it would not be necessary. [266] Most notably, members of the right-wing Tea Party Patriots-backed group America's Frontline Doctors, including founder Simone Gold and communications director John Strand, were arrested in connection with the assault on the Capitol. 2021 – January 23–26: 2021 Dutch curfew riots. [373] Philips died of a stroke at the hospital after splitting from his group at 10:30 in the morning. [447] In the days following the riots, multiple social media companies began suspending or permanently banning several accounts and users that spread or aided the conspiracy theories that led the storming of the Capitol. The gathering in Tokyo was backed by Happy Science, a new religious movement that has been described as a cult. The House was gaveled into recess, but would resume a few minutes later. [502] On February 13, following a five-day Senate trial, Trump was acquitted when the Senate voted 57–43 for conviction, falling ten votes short of the two-thirds majority required to convict; seven Republicans joined every Democrat in voting to convict, the most bipartisan support in any Senate impeachment trial of a president. [131] As a result, Capitol Police staffing levels mirrored that of a normal day and officers did not prepare riot control equipment. The report was unclassified but labeled For Official Use Only (FOUO). [148], Representative Madison Cawthorn (R–NC) said, "This crowd has some fight. [313], Congress reconvened in the evening of January 6 after the Capitol was cleared of trespassers. Some verbal and physical attacks on reporters were reported, with attackers denigrating media outlets as providing "fake news". [391] Rioters damaged Associated Press recording and broadcasting equipment outside the Capitol after chasing away reporters. "A Republican Lawmaker for Whom the Spectacle Is the Point", "The lockdown room was a safe space for lawmakers under siege. "[149] Amy Kremer told attendees "it is up to you and I to save this Republic" and called on them to "keep up the fight". At intervals, he encouraged the crowd to walk down Pennsylvania Avenue to the Capitol. She can be reached at mgwarren@syr.edu. [49][50] Pipe bombs were found at the offices of the Democratic National Committee and the Republican National Committee, and Molotov cocktails were discovered in a vehicle near the Capitol. [85] Event management was carried out by Event Strategies, a company founded by Tim Unes, who worked for Trump's 2016 presidential campaign. Capitol riot arrests: See who's been charged across the U.S. What Parler Saw During the Attack on the Capitol, Senate Impeachment Trial: January 6 Video Montage (13:24). "[177] While assaulting the Capitol, the crowd chanted "Fight, Fight"; "Stop the steal"; and "Fight for Trump. the cabal that allegedly controls the U.S. Just steps from the still-unsealed Senate chamber doors, the rioters instead followed the Capitol Police officer, leading them back away from the Senate. No violence! [1], The Washington Post spoke to political scientists who said the event was a self-coup, where the head of government attempts to strongarm the other branches of government to entrench power. [229] In a stairway, one officer fired a shot at a man coming toward him. Capitol staff were asked to move into offices and lock their doors and windows; those outside were advised to "seek cover". show you personalized advertising. Those violent riots were a form of “insurrection,” but the label was never applied. [53] In a Twitter video, he called the rioters "very special" and told them to "go home in peace" while repeating his false election claims. [156][155] In addition to the twenty times he used the term "fight", Trump once used the term "peacefully", saying, "I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard. In it, he praised his supporters and repeated his claims of electoral fraud, saying: "This was a fraudulent election, but we can't play into the hands of these people. (The Army initially denied Charles Flynn's participation but confirmed it on January 20, when Flynn himself told The Washington Post that he "entered the room after the call began and departed prior to the call ending. A week after the riot, the House of Representatives impeached Trump for incitement of insurrection, making him the only U.S. president to have been impeached twice. [453], In the wake of the Capitol attack and members of Congress being increasingly harassed at airports, additional security was assigned to them for air travel. Rioters carried crosses and signs saying, "Jesus Saves", and "Jesus 2020". [218][225][224][226][227], ABC News reported that shots were fired within the Capitol. Here's some history and context to help you decide", "Invoking Martial Law to Reverse the 2020 Election Could be Criminal Sedition", "Congress' Electoral Count To Resume After Violent Protests Halt Process", "Pro-Trump supporters have flooded DC to protest president's election loss", "Read Pence's full letter saying he can't claim "unilateral authority" to reject electoral votes", "Pro-Trump dark money groups organized the rally that led to deadly Capitol Hill riot", "Here's What We Know About the Pro-Trump Rallies That Have Permits", "How Trump's pied pipers rallied a faithful mob to the Capitol", "Arizona Reps. Andy Biggs and Paul Gosar implicated by activist in Capitol insurrection", "Freedom Caucus Chair Andy Biggs Helped Plan January 6 Event, Lead Organizer Says", "Extremists intensify calls for violence ahead of Inauguration Day", "Reps. Paul Gosar, Andy Biggs credited in video with organizing Trump crowd in DC on day of riot", "GOP Reps. "[178] As they were overrun by a violent mob, the police acted with restraint and pleaded for backup. [429] The leaders of some countries, including Brazil, Poland, Hungary, and Mexico, declined to condemn the situation, and described it as an internal U.S. Curfew Following Protests Wednesday", "The Latest: Armed police clear out rioters, Capitol complex 'secured, "Gov. [214][291] At 2:47 p.m., as his supporters violently clashed with police at the Capitol, Trump tweeted, "Please support our Capitol Police and Law Enforcement. Included in the group were some convicted criminals, including a man who had been released from a Florida prison after serving a sentence for attempted murder. [404] Representative Ruben Gallego (D–AZ) said "we have to do a full review of what was taken, or copied, or even left behind in terms of bugs and listening devices. [518] Precautionary measures, such as closures of state capitols and evacuation of members and staff, were taken in several of the states in response to the events in Washington D.C.[519][520] In California,[521] Georgia,[522] Oklahoma,[523] Oregon,[524] and Washington[525] the events were marked by incidents or particular security concerns. [313] Smoke grenades were deployed on the Senate side of the Capitol by Capitol Police working to clear rioters from the building. Another leader, Joe Biggs, used a walkie-talkie for communications. [87] Women for America First invited its supporters to join a caravan of vehicles traveling to the event. 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