American shame: Domestic terrorists storm Washington D.C., delay Electoral College certification
Jan. 6, 2021 will go down as another big stain in the history of American democracy.
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Millions of people come to the U.S. every year to escape chaos in their home countries.
Since Donald Trump has been president, that has also been the reality of the United States of America.
The chaos wrought by the country over generations outside of its borders has finally come home to roost
No day in Trump’s presidency exemplifies that chaos more than Jan. 6, 2021.
On the day Congress was to convene to certify President-elect Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States of America, domestic terrorists in the name of the lame-duck leader gathered in the Capitol to decry election results.
Their claims of a fraudulent election process originated from Trump himself, who lost the election in November to Biden 306 to 232 in the electoral college and by more than 7 million in the popular vote.
To date, both Republican and Democratic election officials at the state level have found no evidence of massive voter fraud as the president has peddled.
Before stepping down, Attorney General Anthony Barr — who had protected Trump from past federal investigations during his tenure — even concurred with state officials in finding no widespread instances of fraud amid the 2020 election process.
Still, Trump persisted to the tune of 61 failed lawsuits contesting election results in states across the country following his defeat.
On Dec. 8, the final states certified their electoral college results and sent them along to the U.S. Congress for a final certification.
Between then and Jan. 6, 11 senators and more than 150 Republican representatives announced they would join Trump in objecting to the electoral college results at the joint congressional session.
Despite the support, it would not be enough to seriously challenge Biden’s path to inauguration on Jan. 20.
But lost while focusing on new leaders of the fraudulent fight for Trump like Sens. Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley were the effect their words (in addition to Trump’s) were having on his support base.
They were further amplified by a rally held by Trump just hours before all hell broke loose.
Instead of a peaceful transfer of power and even the peaceful discussion afforded those objecting the election in certain states, domestic terrorists in support of the president gathered outside of the U.S. Capitol building and then overwhelmed the police barricade surrounding the institution.
As the Senate and House debated the first objection of the day against the vote in Arizona, the mob reached its first fever pitch and the processions were halted in the interest of safety.
Senators and representatives from both sides of the aisle were ordered to shelter in place as terrorists masquerading as “patriots” (labeled by Trump and others) breached the Capitol building and paraded where legislators had stood attempting the peaceful transfer of power just hours before.
In addition to reports of a woman being shot, multiple police officers were reported injured, a 6 p.m. curfew was implemented by the D.C. mayor, and the entire D.C. national guard was called to quell the insurrection.
Biden, in response to the scenes playing out, called on Trump to “step up” and called the actions of the mob “bordering on sedition.”
Trump eventually did step up, but only to tell his supporters “to go home” once and then continued to peddle the unfounded theories of election fraud.
He has 14 days left in office.