Jan 8, 2021
It took a breach of the US Capitol and several deaths for President Trump to finally acknowledge Joe Biden as the new president. In the end, he accepted defeat and said that he would allow a smooth transition of power during Biden’s inauguration on the 20th of January.
Thousands of Trump supporters assembled in the US capital on Wednesday to protest against Biden’s certification of victory in the 2020 presidential elections. Subsequently, a few supporters turned into rioters and stormed the Capitol building, forcing Congress to delay the certification. They breached the House and Senate chambers, leaving chaos and destruction in their wake.
Four deaths have stemmed from the unrest, but only one is certainly a result of violence. One of the Capitol officers fatally shot a US Air Force veteran, Ashli Babbitt. It happened as the group attempted to force their way into the Senate chambers. The officer that fired the fatal shot is on administrative leave pending an investigation.
In addition, a police officer died on Thursday after clashing with the rioters the previous day. The Capitol police issued a statement saying, “He returned to his division office and collapsed. He was taken to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries”. It is unclear as of yet what kind of injuries officer Brian D. Sicknick sustained. The statement further elaborated that the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch, the US Capitol Police, and relevant federal agencies will investigate his death.
Chairman @BennieGThompson released a statement urging @TSA and the @FBI to use their authorities to add the violent perpetrators involved in the domestic terrorist attack on the U.S. Capitol yesterday to the No-Fly List and keep them off planes. pic.twitter.com/Wb9ySGeoe3
— House Homeland Security Committee (@HomelandDems) January 7, 2021
The authorities arrested over 90 persons in connection to the US Capitol storming. A number of them are facing charges of federal rioting, insurrection, and sedition.
What are the opinions?
These riots came just a few hours after Donald Trump incited his supporters to protest the election results that would see President-elect Joe Biden win the November vote.
“Don’t dare call them protesters. They were a riotous mob, insurrectionists, domestic terrorists,” Biden said. “The president of the United States incited an armed insurrection against America,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi added. She and Vice-President Mike Pence have been insisting that the 25th amendment should be invoked. This would declare the POTUS unfit for office.
Former FLOTUS, Michelle Obama, has expressed similar views in a Twitter post:
JUST IN: Former first lady Michelle Obama calls on tech companies to permanently ban President Trump from their platforms and put policies in place “to prevent their technology from being used by the nation’s leaders to fuel insurrection.” pic.twitter.com/QLR7h2M1rF
— NBC News (@NBCNews) January 7, 2021
In conclusion, everyone was outraged by Trump’s behavior, claiming that he encouraged the storming of the US Capitol. It didn’t help that his daughter, Ivanka Trump, called the rioters ‘patriots’ just before things got violent, and then deleted the Tweet.
President Trump issued a statement, explaining that “Like all Americans, I am outraged by the violence, lawlessness, and mayhem. I immediately deployed the National Guard and federal law enforcement to secure the building and expel the intruders,” “To those who engaged in the acts of violence and destruction: you do not represent our country. And to those who broke the law: you will pay.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 8, 2021
Alas, it may be too late for this POTUS. The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Washington Post, and other media outlets have all called on the president to resign rather than face impeachment or an ousting under the 25th.