Olympus Has Fallen

An overview of the events that unfolded at Capitol Hill Wednesday morning as well as the aftermath from the riot.

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Anne Hayman

Eight Arlington High School journalism students traveled to a journalism convention in Washington DC in November 2019. They were able to tour the Capitol Building on that trip.

Logan Bruss, Editorial Board

Yesterday, January 6, supporters of President Donald J. Trump stormed the Capitol Building in Washington DC in protest of a believed “voter fraud” conspiracy the President has been vocal about on his Twitter and in multiple news briefings.

 

This was the spark that lit the fire behind an enraged group of protesters turned in a violent mob, causing the members of Congress to evacuate the building and halt the process of counting the Electoral College votes.

 

The procession pushed forward past DC police and Capitol Police, smashing windows, doors, and hopping walls to get inside. 

 

After multiple tweets President Trump told his supporters to “go home” in a video address; while still comforting the crowd and restating his claim of being cheated out of reelection, with no evidence to back up his claims. 

 

Lawmakers and news outlets urged Vice President Mike Pence to use his 25th Amendment right and remove President Trump from office after the day’s events, however Pence refrained from this.

 

However, when Pence spoke on the events he condemned the violence of the unruly assembly saying “Today was a dark day in the history of the United States Capitol.” Adding on Twitter; “Peaceful protest is the right of every American but this attack on our Capitol will not be tolerated and those involved will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.” 

 

The violence took more than just a few windows as four lives were lost and several police officers injured. 

 

The day’s events came to a halt as the entirety of the DC National Guard was activated and secured the Capitol. DC Mayor Muriel E. Bowser also imposed a curfew as things worsened saying no one other than the essential personnel was allowed outdoors from Wednesday 6pm to Thursday 6am.

 

All is well in Washington and Vice President Pence has officially announced elect Joe Biden as the 46th president of the United States, but that does not take away from the historical events of the past 24 hours.