The Day Democracy Cracked: American Insurrection at the Hands of Domestic Terrorists
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This is #TheViewFromAmerica:
Wednesday, January 6th started pretty great by the standards of most non-Trump supporting Americans. The first Georgia senate run-off race was called in favor of Democrat, Reverend Raphael Warnock, and the second race was looking good for Georgia’s other Democratic candidate, Jon Ossoff.
But then, Trump spoke.
Thousands of Trump supporters gathered south of the White House for an hour-long speech, filled with lies, accusations, and conspiracy theories. And right at the end, Trump called on them to march on the Capitol, halting the electoral college count needed to finalize Joe Biden as the 46th President.
Washington D.C. is no stranger to massive protests, but when they broke through the barricades, the Trump mob filled the Capitol steps within seconds, as police backed away and ran toward the building.
Footage showed the unruly mob entering through various points, breaking down doors and shattering windows. In real time the reports came in fast and erratic. Lawmakers took shelter under desks before being evacuated. Guns were drawn in the House Chamber. Protesters made it onto the senate floor where they took selfies and shouted that Trump was the true President.
And as all this happened, many of us wondered: where the hell are the police?
Horrific new video obtained by CNN shows a MAGA rioter (in white hat and backpack) grab a DC Metro officer and pull him down Capitol steps where he is stomped and beaten with an American flag pole.
At one point they sing the Star Spangled Banner pic.twitter.com/XXJMxanGXp
— Bill Weir (@BillWeirCNN) January 10, 2021
Last summer we saw police all over the country use tear gas and rubber bullets toward predominantly peaceful protesters, but when the MAGA crowd stormed the capitol, the police that can be seen on camera seem genuinely confused as to what to do.
Horrific images continued to flood our screens as these domestic terrorists (no longer protestors) rifled through drawers, stole podiums, broke into private offices and took pictures with their feet up on the desks.
And still we waited.
The Capitol crypt, so named as it was intended to be the final resting place of George Washington, played host to the MAGA crowd engaging in hand-to-hand combat with Capitol police.
We watched the desecration escalate for hours. We waited for the National Guard. We waited for President Trump to say something—not tweet something—SAY something.
President Elect Joe Biden spoke to the country as calmly as can be expected and called on President Trump to go on national television and tell the violent protesters to stand down and let democracy take its course.
Shortly thereafter, Trump posted what is quite possibly the lamest and most belligerent video known to man on Twitter.
“I know your pain. I know you’re hurt. We had an election that was stolen from us.
It was a landslide election, and everyone knows it, especially the other side.
But you have to go home now. We have to have peace. We have to have law and order.
We have to respect our great people in law and order. We don’t want anybody hurt.
It’s a very tough period of time. There’s never been a time like this where such a thing happened where they could take it away from all of us—from me, from you, from our country.
This was a fraudulent election. But we can’t play into the hands of these people. We have to have peace. So go home. We love you. You’re very special. You’ve seen what happens.
You see the way others are treated—that are so bad and so evil. I know how you feel,
but go home and go home in peace.”
He told them to storm the Capitol, and watched from a mansion as they desecrated the temple of America’s democracy. And then when people started to point this out, he gave the most half-assed attempt at diffusing violence and tension imaginable.
So, why did things turn out this way? Why were Black Lives Matter protesters brutalized by police, while the MAGA crowd were politely asked to leave and got an ‘I love you’ from the sitting President?
Some say the police were unprepared and out numbered. If that’s the case, why? Major news outlets were reporting that MAGA supporters were planning disruption well in advance. The rally that started it all was planned two miles away from the Capitol building at the same time a divisive election was being finalized. Knowing all of this, why is it that they were understaffed and unprepared? Are groups that use the “Back the Blue” hashtag—and if not support white supremacy—TOLERATE it, less concerning than BLM supporters and women in pink pussyhats?
Call me crazy, but if BLM protestors stormed the Capitol, something tells me they wouldn’t have been given hours to wander around and take selfies.
When backup eventually arrived, people slowly dispersed. Even some arrests were made (finally). The unprecedented treason fizzled as fast as it sparked, and the FBI is still looking to identify the geniuses that plastered their faces all over the internet while committing federal crimes.
— Bill Weir (@BillWeirCNN) January 11, 2021
After the city’s emergency curfew went into effect, lawmakers returned to the Capitol, and Joe Biden’s presidency was officially certified just before 3AM CST.
On January 6th, Trump exposed how fragile American democracy is and how many people are easily tricked into believing a con-man posing as a savior. Our society will bear the scarlet I of ignorance for years to come and the shame that goes along with it. It’s important to note that while Trump lost the popular vote by a wide margin (twice), many of his supporters still refuse to believe that fact.
In his statement to the American people on the same day, President Elect Joe Biden said:
“America is so much better than what we’re seeing today.”
I say: are we?
It remains to be seen.
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