The Capitol Riots

Yulissa Ocampo

 

Starting this week and running through Inauguration Day, armed protests are being planned at all 50 state capitols. At least five people died during the riots at the capitol, including police officer Brian Sicknick. The FBI bulletin said Sicknick “died from injuries sustained during the U.S. Capitol breach.” The FBI has received information about an identified armed group intending to travel to Washington DC on January 16. They have warned that if congress attempts to remove the president via the 25th amendment, “a huge uprising will occur.” The FBI has also received information on a group calling for “storming” state, local, and federal government courthouses and administrative buildings in the event that Trump is removed from office prior to Inauguration Day. The group is also planning to “storm” government offices in every state the day President-elect Joe Biden will be inaugurated. According to the FBI, approximately 29 individuals and/or social media accounts of individuals who unlawfully entered the capitol had been identified as of Sunday. The FBI had received nearly 45,000 digital media tips that are now being reviewed.

Following the violent pro-Trump breach of the U.S Capitol last Wednesday, Democratic lawmakers in the House of Representatives pushed forward with an effort to get Vice President Mike Pence and the Cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment, which would declare Trump incapable of performing his presidential duties and would install Pence as acting president until Biden is inaugurated on January 20th. The effort was ultimately blocked by Republican Rep. Alex Mooney of West Virginia. House Democrats then introduced an article of impeachment against Trump for “incitement of insurrection.” The measure states that Trump had “demonstrated that he will remain a threat to national security, democracy, and the Constitution if allowed to remain in office and has acted in a manner grossly incompatible with self-governance and the rule of law.”

Eight days from the end of his presidency, Trump expressed no regret for his comments last week ahead of a riot and mob violence at the U.S. Capitol that resulted in at least five deaths and multiple injuries. “People thought that what I said was totally appropriate,” Trump said Tuesday when asked about his role in the riots, despite many at the highest levels of government – Republicans and Democrats – saying otherwise. Trump continues by deflecting reporters’ questions and shifting focus, “And if you look at what other people have said, politicians at a high level, about the riots during the summer, the horrible riots in Portland and Seattle and various other places, that was a real problem,”  Trump claimed, referring to the protests over racial inequality and police brutality. He went on to say of his speech that “everybody – to the T – thought it was totally appropriate.” he later added. Trump put out two videos in response to the violence at the Capitol. The first sympathized with his supporters, but told them to go home. The other one focused on an “orderly and seamless transition of power.”