Washington D.C. – Five persons (including a police officer) were reported to have died, dozens injured and scores arrested when hundreds of home-grown insurrectionists last January 6 stormed and briefly occupied the U.S. Capitol (the equivalent of the Philippine legislative building) in a bid to derail lawmakers from their constitutionally-mandated job of certifying the Nov. 3 victory of President-elect Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris.
The mob, cheered on by no less than President Trump, managed to disrupt activities for a few hours; but Congress which was meeting in joint session returned to finish their appointed task – a mere ceremonial ritual – in greenlighting the election win of Democrat Joe Biden after police cleared the building of all intruders.
Vice President Mike Pence, longtime loyal ally of Trump who was concurrently Senate president, made Biden’s poll triumph official in the wee hours of Jan. 7 by declaring that the Democrat would be inaugurated on January 20, as stated in their Constitution, as the 46th president of the United States.
According to the New York Post, the last time the U.S. Capitol was defiled was in 1814 (or 206 years ago) when British troops entered Washington and torched the edifice, during the waning days of the War of 1812.
The rabid pro-Trumpers marched on the Capitol and overwhelmed perimeter security after being fired up during a huge rally at the National Mall by Trump who railed he lost due to widespread voter fraud orchestrated by the Democrats.
The unprecedented attack saw senators and congressmen scampering for safety lest they be harmed by the rampaging horde egged on by Trump with baseless claims of election shenanigans, and that Congress had the power to unilaterally overturn the results of the Nov. 3 election, subvert the will of over 80 million Americans who sided with Biden and allow him (Trump) to remain in office for another 4 years.
For the past few weeks, when it became clear he was going to lose, Republican Trump fueled the anger of his supporters with a ceaseless barrage of lies on his social media platforms that their democratic way of life is being endangered by a Biden win.
It has to be stressed that Trump’s petition before the U.S. Supreme Court to have Biden’s win overturned due to massive fraud allegations were immediately thrown out because his lawyers couldn’t provide any concrete evidence. Not to mention the more than 60 failed election protests filed by the Trump campaign in several key states.
As a consequence, Facebook and Twitter were forced to cancels all of Trump’s accounts to stop him from further inflaming the passions of his millions of followers by spreading lies and misinformation about the Nov. 3rd presidential elections where he lost by more than 7 million popular votes.
In the end, faced with the universal outrage over the carnage he had unleashed on Capitol Hill, Trump reluctantly agreed to come out with a conciliatory statement that “there will be an orderly transition on January 20.”