Shocking scenes rocked America on Wednesday night as thousands of Trump supporters rioted in Washington DC and stormed the Capitol building leaving four people dead.
In one of the darkest days in American history, a legion of Trump supporters overwhelmed law enforcement in an attempted coup to try and stop the election count which was happening in the Senate, where Joe Biden would have been confirmed as the president-elect.
Although the count did eventually resume the appalling scenes that proceeded it overshadowed almost everything else. Donald Trump’s meek efforts to quell the rioters saw his Twitter account suspended and a video deleted where he told supporters to go home but not before spreading more baseless claims about voter fraud.
The numerous Trump supporters who were involved in the violence were in Washington DC for Trump’s ‘Save America March’ outside of the White House, which featured many Trump allies who supported conspiracy theories and arguably whipped the crowd up into a frenzy with some choice words.
The show was started by Alabama congressman Mo Brooks who told the crowd "today is the day that American patriots start taking down names and kicking ass." Brooks would later call the violence in the US Capitol ‘despicable.’
Mo Brooks begins the Trump "Save America Rally" on a profane and angry note https://t.co/hduaCMYcRd
After his girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle had spoken, Donald Trump Jr boldly called out Republican politicians for not supporting Trump’s baseless claims about election fraud adding “This isn't their Republican Party anymore. This is Donald Trump's Republican Party!”
"This isn't their Republican Party anymore. This is Donald Trump's Republican Party!" -- Donald Trump Jr https://t.co/5V1aMk0AZs
Trump Jr then tells the crowd “You can be a hero, or you can be a zero. And the choice is yours. But we are all watching. The whole world is watching, folks. Choose wisely.” Trump Jr would also later condemn the violence.
Next, we see the return of renowned public speaker Rudy Giuliani who starts off by saying “Every single thing that has been outlined as the plan for today is perfectly legal.” Another poorly aged statement.
"Every single thing that has been outlined as the plan for today is perfectly legal ... it is perfectly appropriate… https://t.co/odiXNiw2sz
While promoting baseless conspiracy theories about voting machines, Giuliani adds “let’s have trial by combat” which warrants a huge cheer from the crowd. Giuliani would later say that the rioters were “on the right side of history.”
"Over the next 10 days, we get to see the machines that are crooked, the ballots that are fraudulent. And if we're… https://t.co/tAZiVLfeYs
Although this has nothing to do with what would follow, to hear the president say “explosions of bulls**t” is probably the most un-presidential thing ever said during a major speech by the leader of the free world.
Trump describes the counting of votes as "explosions of bullshit." His fans respond by chanting, "bull-shit!" https://t.co/ggc7VQNkQw
More anti-Republican sentiment, as Trump says “we gotta get rid of the weak congresspeople. The Liz Cheneys of the world.”
Trump wraps up his speech with perhaps the biggest red flag of the entire day. “We’re going to walk down Pennsylvania Ave and we’re going to. the Capitol and we’re going to try and give our Republicans, the weak ones because the strong ones don't need any of our help, we're to try and get them the kind of pride and boldness they need to take back our country. So let’s walk down Pennsylvania Ave.”
Trump closes with this: "We're going to walk down Pennsylvania Ave ... and we're going to [try] to give our Republ… https://t.co/TXWuaCYpQr