Protest of Capitol Hill


Gia Patel, Writer, Editor, Web Manager

Written on the day of the event.

In ten or twenty years, people will look back on 2020. They will see and read how disastrous it was. With the new year already here, we had higher expectations for 2021. Six days in and we are already seeing protests and riots. Today, January 6th, 2021, is the day the electoral college votes are being counted. 


President Trump claims he is still winning the election even though there are more votes for Former Vice President Joe Biden. Today is the day that validates the victory of Joe Biden. President Trump has been telling the nation and his supporters not to fear and that he is winning even though he is not. Trump supporters have stormed in on Capitol Hill, rioting and protesting in his name.


While speaking to the people in Washington before the storming the President says, “We are going to walk down to the Capitol and cheer on our brave senators and congressmen and women, and we’re probably not going to be cheering so much for some of them, because you‘ll never take back our country with weakness, you have to show strength and you have to be strong.” In this statement, the president indirectly encouraged the riot.


An address given by him about the storming said, “This was a fraudulent election. But we can’t play into the hands of these people. We have to have peace.” The President is clearly mistaken about the election and who is winning. He is speaking of peace, while a woman that was shot in the building died. This is not peace, this is violence.


It is truly sad to see how there is not much physical action being taken against these riots, even though they are violent, especially when peaceful protests were being dealt with violence. This riot has led to many different concerns. Most protesters were seen without masks which raised concerns about the spread of the COVID-19. The riot is being considered a “super-spreader event”. 


Lawmakers have delayed the counting of the electoral votes until after the riot has settled. Capitol Hill has also evacuated all House and Senate members to safety.


Twitter has now blocked President Trump’s account for 12 hours as a warning for potential banning. Trump had three offending tweets removed after they violated Twitter’s civic integrity policy. His Facebook and Instagram accounts were also temporarily locked.


The electoral votes have been counted and it is official that Joe Biden will be President. Donald Trump has now admitted defeat after Republican senators objected to the electoral results of Arizona and Pennsylvania. Arizona’s objection was rejected by 93-6 and Pennsylvania’s was rejected by 92-7. 


The protests are being considered acts of domestic terrorism and the people involved will be arrested and investigated by the FBI.