For the past two months, Donald Trump and his lawyers have been raising hell about election irregularities. After several defeats in court, the last ditch attempt to keep Trump as president for four more years was to be when the Congress certified the presidential electors on January 6.
Trump hosted a rally with a series of speakers at the Washington DC Ellipse starting at 9:00 AM. Trump headlined the speaker series and delivered a firey speach from 12:00 to 1:10PM in which he encouraged his supporters to demonstrate in front of the Capitol Building where the vote to authorize the electors was to take place.
Here are photos from some things that I saw that day.
The end of the rally
Trump concluded his 70-minute speech by instructing all the people to march on the Capitol building. One of the more surreal moments I had occurred immediately after the conclusion. I watched a petite 5’1″ tall woman jumping up and down and yelling in her Vietnamese accent, “I love you, Mr. Trump! I will fight for you! I will fight for you!”
The storming of the Capitol
I was still a mile away from the Capitol building when demonstrators first breached its defenses. I suspected something was up because a bunch of police sirens started going off and a few minutes later, I got an emergency alert on my phone that the mayor of DC had declared a 6:00 pm curfew.
People were pouring away from the building; I was one of the few people that was walking towards it. A couple of the people who had been there told me that people had fought their way inside, and that cops were using flash bangs and tear gas.
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