FACTS

    Chaos ensued as the Congressional election certification hearings were interrupted by invaders at the Capitol building in Washington D.C. late Wednesday morning. The rioting followed a peaceful march by, what was said to be, hundreds of thousands of Trump supporters who had gathered to hear the president and to protest the election results. A mob, consisting of several hundred of people from the crowd, broke through police forces, scaled walls, and broke doors and windows of the Capitol building. Nearly two hours of violence and confusion ensued before law enforcement was able to restore order. Vice President Mike Pence was immediately evacuated from the building, and members of Congress began sheltering in place. Pipe bombs were also found and successfully removed at both the Democratic and Republican National Committee offices. At least five people have been confirmed dead after the conflict – three from emergency medical conditions, one woman who was shot by police, and one officer who suffered fatal wounds. The D.C. Metropolitan Police Department, as well as the FBI, has launched a “nationwide digital manhunt” in search of those involved. Sixty-nine people were arrested after the events, largely for violating the city-wide curfew enacted by D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser.

    RIGHT

    The Right condemns the attack. “These were anarchists and terrorists,” said House Minority Leader Steve Scalise. Today in a statement, President Trump addressed the “heinous attack” and condemned the “violence, lawlessness, and mayhem.” He announced that those who incited the violence “do not represent our country” and “will pay” for their actions. Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) tweeted, “The violence occurring at the United States Capitol right now is simply unacceptable, and I fully condemn it.” The Daily Caller called it “an incredibly sad day for our country.” Nancy Mace, a South Carolina State Representative, wrote, “This is wrong. This is not who we are. I’m heartbroken for our nation today.” Some have argued that the invaders could likely have been antifa members disguised as Trump supporters. “Isn’t it weird how ANTIFA was nowhere to be found counter-protesting all the Trump supporters today? Where were they?” asked Turning Point USA Founder and President Charlie Kirk. He added, “I never want to hear another Democrat calling for defunding the police. In their time of duress they relied upon police to protect them.” Many on the Right have pointed out the Left’s hypocrisy in refusing to condemn BLM riots but quickly jumping to condemn right-wing rioting.

    LEFT

    The Left is outraged and argues that the response from law enforcement regarding the “conservative Caucasian invasion” was entirely different than it would have been had the attackers been black. “You can be arrested for walking while Black, but you can be white and riot and basically get away with it,” stated Rep. Attica Scott (D-KY). The Guardian‘s Julian Borger wrote, “The contrast between the law enforcement reaction to the storming of the Capitol on Wednesday and the suppression of peaceful protests in the summer is not just stark – it is black and white.”

    “No one can tell me that if it had been a group of Black Lives Matter protesting yesterday, they wouldn’t have been treated very, very differently than the mob of thugs that stormed the Capitol. We all know that’s true, and it is unacceptable.”

    Joe Biden, President-Elect

    MSNBC host Joe Scarborough fumed, “Are we a nation of laws, or are we a nation of one man? Donald J. Trump called for the insurrection against the United States of America. He called for it. Rudy Giuliani called for combat justice just an hour or two before this happened. Donald Trump Jr. said ‘We are coming for you.'” He called for all three of them to be arrested. Mayor Bowser called the events a picture of “textbook terrorism.”

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