In case you missed it somehow, a pro-Trump mob breached the US Capitol in protest of Congress, who today were making steps to confirm Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States. It was pure chaos over at Capitol Hill, and there are plenty of images and tweets to prove it.
To give a very quick run-down of what went down, Trump gave a speech at Constitution Ave., and halfway through it folks started marching towards Capitol Hill, which isn’t too far from where they were gathered. After the speech concluded, there were mass crowds storming the Capitol, which moved from a large protest to a full-on storming of the building.
Here are 18 of the most absolutely fucked images from the attempted Capitol Hill coup that you really just have to see to believe.
(Getty Images: Spencer Platt)
The absolute scale of the protest was best captured in a couple of videos taken by folks on-site. Here, you can see people just casually walking into a government building like it’s nothing.
"You're on the wrong side."
Protesters chanted at police as hundreds pushed against barricades outside the Capitol in Washington, D.C. pic.twitter.com/dWxv0duuDe
— Bloomberg Quicktake (@Quicktake) January 6, 2021
Thankfully, ballots were saved before anyone got their hands on them. It’s not hard to guess what would’ve happened if they weren’t.
Electoral college ballots rescued from the Senate floor. If our capable floor staff hadn’t grabbed them, they would have been burned by the mob. pic.twitter.com/2JCauUIlvg
— Senator Jeff Merkley (@SenJeffMerkley) January 6, 2021
In this footage, you can see the moment Senators paused their debate as protesters reached the building.
#BREAKING: Senators pause Electoral College debate amid Capitol Hill protests.
Aide to Sen. James Lankford: "Protesters are in the building." pic.twitter.com/GNOCrtpAuN
— The Hill (@thehill) January 6, 2021
Flashbangs and thick tear gas billowing over the Capitol rotunda. Riot police have reformed their lines three hours in and are pushing to retake the steps, ousting people from under the scaffolding. Crowd is slowly leaving. pic.twitter.com/2gM5kGmlp9
— Alejandro Alvarez (@aletweetsnews) January 6, 2021
(Getty Images: Tasos Katopodis)
Glass doors were smashed, and pro-Trump rioters vandalised Democrat Nancy Pelosi‘s office
Feet up on Pelosi’s desk pic.twitter.com/wEtwaWo73K
— Adam Nathan (@adamgnathan) January 6, 2021
I’m sheltering in place in my office. The building next door has been evacuated. I can’t believe I have to write this.
— Rep. Haley Stevens (@RepHaleyStevens) January 6, 2021
View from inside the Capitol as people gather on the West Front. The Capitol is currently on lockdown. pic.twitter.com/XKNKWNbHxZ
— Caroline Brehman (@carolinebrehman) January 6, 2021
They made a noose from the camera cord and hung it from a tree. pic.twitter.com/M9KC7odLAm
— Paul McLeod (@pdmcleod) January 6, 2021
(Getty Images: Spencer Platt)
More shots from inside the building emerged over time, and God, America truly is a fucked place.
Several people got on to a scaffolding outside Senate, took it to second floor, which looked like the area where McConnell’s office is located, and started banging on windows pic.twitter.com/IIZ21nkzFT
— Igor Bobic (@igorbobic) January 6, 2021
(Getty Images: Win McNamee)
— corinne_perkins (@corinne_perkins) January 6, 2021
The fact that noted neo-Nazi Baked Alaska was live-streaming from inside the event was also something truly unbelievable to behold in shock.
White supremacist Baked Alaska and his pals in a Senate office right now. pic.twitter.com/4jGpEfcd9D
— WANaziWatch (@WANaziWatch) January 6, 2021
And finally, may I conclude with this absolute zinger of a Tweet combination, which sums up just how insane this coup was in a historical sense: in an unprecedented move, the Confederate Flag was paraded through the Capitol.
— Chris Bing (@Bing_Chris) January 6, 2021
The Confederate Flag did not breech the Capitol during the Civil War. It did today…
— Justin Satzman (@jsatz23) January 6, 2021