There's no other word but terrifying. On Jan. 6, rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington D.C. after President Donald Trump delivered a rally speech where he claimed, once again without evidence, that the November 2020 election was stolen from him. As police failed to hold back crowds, some Trump supporters forced their way into the building. These tweets from the U.S. Capitol during the attempted coup are a frightening read, and show the disturbing perspective on the ground.
While information is still coming out, the initial details from those present are frightening. Around 1 p.m. ET, rioters reportedly entered the Capitol and forced their way into the chambers where legislators were confirming the election of President-elect Joe Biden. Legislators and those inside the Capitol were reportedly instructed to shelter in place, per multiple accounts. The White House did not immediately respond to Elite Daily's request for comment regarding the situation and President Trump's influence on events.
Terrifying photos and videos showed glimpses of the events inside the Capitol building, including security with guns pointed at rioters and legislators and congressional staff crouching beneath chairs and desks in the legislative chambers. Many members of Congress and those present tweeted out what they were seeing.
According to live reports from The Washington Post, the national guard will be activated, and at least one person has been shot inside the building. According to a Jan. 6, 1:31 p.m. tweet from Complex's Steven Nelson, there appeared to be some type of gas in the Capitol building entryway.
As of Jan. 6, there's no evidence Trump directly or intentionally incited his supporters to riot. However, he's received criticism in the past for failing to condemn certain right-wing militia groups, such as the Proud Boys. In fact, in September 2020, Trump directly addressed the Proud Boys, telling them to "stand back and stand by" during the first presidential debate, and many Americans interpreted his words as a cryptic message for the future should he lose to Biden in the presidential election — which, he did. The Trump 2020 campaign did not respond to Elite Daily's request for comment at the time.
Since then, Trump has refused to concede the election, and has only seemed to drift further and further away from reality as he continues to make baseless claims about election fraud on nearly every public platform he can. His supporters have already stormed the Capitol, so who knows what might happen next between now and Biden's inauguration on Jan. 20? Hopefully, it won't be more of this.