One person was shot and killed during the storming of the Capitol.
Police in the US Capitol on Wednesday responded with drawn guns and tear gas as swarms of protesters stormed in and sought to force Congress to undo President Donald Trump’s election loss shortly after some of Trump’s fellow Republicans launched a last-ditch effort to throw out the results.
Trump and his allies have continuously spread unsubstantiated claims of election fraud that have proliferated on social media platforms including Twitter and Facebook Inc .
Twitter Inc restricted users from retweeting a video and tweet from President Donald Trump on Wednesday “due to a risk of violence,” as hundreds of protesters stormed the US Capitol seeking to force Congress to undo the president’s election loss.
In addition, Twitter said on Wednesday that future violations of the social media platform’s rules, including its “Civic Integrity” or “Violent Threats” policies, will result in permanent suspension of the @realDonaldTrump account of US President Donald Trump.
Twitter then went on to announce that “the account of @realDonaldTrump will be locked for 12 hours following the removal of these Tweets. If the Tweets are not removed, the account will remain locked.”
In response to the protestors, @YourAnonCentral tweeted “FYI: Antifa and Anons worldwide are now doxxing Trump loyalists that organized and participated in the #CapitolBuilding takeover. Refusing to wear masks is going to backfire in more ways than one, apparently.
FYI: Antifa and Anons worldwide are now doxxing Trump loyalists that organized and participated in the #CapitolBuilding takeover.
Refusing to wear masks is going to backfire in more ways than one, apparently.
— Anonymous (@YourAnonCentral) January 7, 2021
Facebook Inc and Alphabet Inc’s YouTube took down a video from President Donald Trump on Wednesday that continued to make the baseless claim the election was fraudulent as he told protesters who had stormed the US Capitol to go home.
Later, Pence condemned the violent supporters of President Donald Trump who stormed the Capitol, as the US Senate resumed its vote count after an hours-long delay.
“You did not win. Violence never wins,” Pence said of the gang of people who responded to Trump’s call to protest his loss in November’s presidential election. Pence said the Capitol was secured, and urged the Senate to “get back to work.”
Anti-Defamation League (ADL) CEO Jonathan Greenblatt stressed that ADL has said “again and again, [that] extremists must be taken at their word.”
“First there was volatile rhetoric online, then explicit calls to violence and now people are acting on those calls in the nation’s capital and flagrantly breaking the law. It must end now,” added Greenblatt. “The President has promoted sedition and incited violence. People assaulting law enforcement officers or breaching government buildings must be arrested and held accountable.”
The ADL head added that “what is happening right now at the Capitol is a direct result of the fear and disinformation that has been spewed consistently from the Oval Office. President Trump has a responsibility to call for an end to this violence and unrest that he has sowed. His campaign of disinformation is a clear and present danger to our democracy.”
Greenblatt called on social media companies to suspend Trump’s accounts.
At the same time, he stated that he was “heartened to see many members of the President’s party speak up forcefully” against the protests, and that “we need more leaders like these.”
Here’s my statement on today’s violence at the Capitol. pic.twitter.com/jLCKo2D1Ya
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) January 7, 2021
“We can’t allow him to remain in office, it’s a matter of preserving our Republic and we need to fulfill our oath,” US Representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota wrote on Twitter even though there are just two weeks left before President-elect Joe Biden takes office.
Trump was acquitted in February 2020 by the Republican-controlled Senate after an impeachment trial led by the Democratic-controlled House on charges of trying to pressure Ukraine to investigate Biden and his son Hunter Biden.
A handful of US congressional Republicans turned on President Donald Trump.
“What happened here today was an insurrection, incited by the President of the United States,” Romney said. “Those who choose to continue to support his dangerous gambit by objecting to the results of a legitimate, democratic election will forever be seen as being complicit in an unprecedented attack against our democracy.”
Secretary Pompeo tweeted that “lawlessness and rioting is always unacceptable,” and that “putting at risk the safety of others including those tasked with providing security for all of us, is intolerable both at home and abroad.”
He also called to “bring bring justice to the criminals who engaged in this rioting.”
Rep. McMorris Rodgers and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, who both planned to object to the certification of Biden’s electoral win, have announced that they will change course and vote to uphold certification of Biden’s win.
On the other hand, Derrick Evans, a newly elected Republican member of the West Virginia House of Delegates, was among the preotesrots who broke into the US Capitol on Wednesday, according to a video he posted on social media, which has since been deleted.
In the video, he joins the protestors in chants of “Trump” and enthusiastically encourages them to “keep it moving” once they manage to break into the Capitol.
Several hundred Trump supporters also staged a “Stop the Steal” rally at the Arizona state Capitol in Phoenix, cheering and jeering while exhibiting a guillotine.