Looking Back on the Capitol Riot

Isabella Tercero, Staff Writer

On January 6th, 2021, the Capitol (in Washington D.C.) was attacked. Violence was pressed onto public officials by over 800 rioters. This group has been said to be somewhat influenced by Donald J. Trump. On January 6th, in a tweet, Trump posted, “All Mike Pence has to do is send them back to the States, AND WE WIN. Do it Mike, this is a time for extreme courage!” (BBC News, Twitter). 

613 of the rioters were arrested and charged with crimes after storming the Capitol, forcing Congress to go into lockdown whilst damaging the halls. More than 150 officers were injured during this overwhelming attack. “At least 62 of those arrested are current or former military members.” (CBS News). More than 55 individuals were charged with entering the Capitol with deadly weapons. It is estimated that over 40 people were charged for destruction of the building. The government and city officials have amounted to these crimes as an act of terrorism. This statement alone will most definitely influence their prison sentences if found guilty. 

Multiple of Trump’s allies in the political world have fanned the flames involving the riot. One politician posted a picture of rioters climbing Capitol walls with the caption: ‘Americans are upset.’ – (Congressman, Paul Gosar). Although liberals are usually the ones commonly receiving backlash on their protests, it was predominantly conservatives who stormed the Capitol building on January 6th.

The riot was an unnecessary, childish, and naive way of attempting to get the public’s attention. Many people were hurt, several killed, and hundreds arrested. Donald Trump and several of his political allies are responsible for fanning this flame and causing more destruction rather than appropriation.