A week that led to the U.S. Capitol riot

An unbelievable phone call involving baseless claims of voter fraud resulted in the riot at the US Capitol leaving 5 people dead. After that, numerous resignations and growing calls for President Donald Trump to resign or remove from office. 

It all started in a Saturday phone call where President Trump encouraged the Secretary of the State of Georgia, Brad Raffensperger, to overturn Georgia's November election results. 

President Trump stated: "All I want to do is this: I just want to find 11, 780 votes which is one more than we have, because we won the state and flipping the state is a great testament to our country."

Raffensperger and his general counsel pushed back on the baseless claims saying "Mr. President, the challenge that you have is the data you have is wrong."

But President Trump continued to double-down telling at a Monday rally ahead of Georgia's Senate runoff elections that there's no way he lost Georgia. He further assumed that the election is rigged and they're still fighting it. He also claimed that Vice President Mike Pence had the power to reject electoral college votes at a joint session of Congress. 

This pressure put Vice President in the spotlight. But legal experts said that he didn't have the authority to reject state results. 

On Tuesday, the President tweeted and retweeted claims of voter fraud as the Georgia voters went to the polls to decide which party would control the state. It was later flagged by Twitter as disputed. 

Wednesday came and Democrats Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff defeated Republicans Kelly Loeffler and David Purdue in the Senate runoff. Both of the Senates are flipping. The victories gave the Democrats full control of Washington. 

On the same day, President Trump attended a 'Save America' rally in Washington. It took place just before the Congress convened on certifying the Biden-win. The rally concluded with President Trump encouraging his supporters to march down to the Capitol. 

"So we are going to--we are going to walk down Pennsylvania Avenue, I love Pennsylvania Avenue, and we are going to the Capitol, and we are going to try and give--the Democrats are hopeless, they are never voting for anything, not even one vote but we are going to try--give our Republicans, the weak ones because the strong ones don't need any of our help, we're try--going to try and give them the kind of pride and boldness that they need to take back our country. So let's walk down Pennsylvania Avenue.", President Trump announced. 

In the hours that followed the rally, rioters wearing pro-Trump gear attacked police officers and smashed windows as they stormed into the Capitol. The break-in forced the lawmakers to take a recess on the session and seek cover. Five people died including Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick as a result of the riot. 

President-elect Joe Biden called the rioting Wednesday at the Capitol “insurrection” and “chaos,” and he told President Donald Trump to go on national television to urge his supporters to end their siege. That afternoon, President Trump posted a video on social media.

"I know your pain, I know you’re hurt. We had an election that was stolen from us. It was a landslide election and everyone knows it, especially the other side. But you have to go home now. We have to have peace. We have to have law and order. We have to respect our great people in law and order,” Trump posted on Twitter. “We don’t want anybody hurt. It’s a very tough period of time. There’s never been a time like this, where such a thing happened, where they could take it away from all of us. From me, from you, from our country. This was a fraudulent election, but we can’t play into the hands of these people. We have to have peace. So go home. We love you, you’re very special. We’ve seen what happens, you see the way others are treated that are so bad and so evil. I know you how feel. But go home, and go home in peace."

Social media companies like Twitter and Facebook removed the video and later lock the President's accounts. They stated that the President violated their policies. 

After the Capitol was cleared on Wednesday night, Congress reconvened to finish certifying the votes. Some Republicans who have planned to object to the certification had a change of tune. 

"The events that transpired have forced me to reconsider, and I cannot now in good conscience object to the certification of these electors," Loeffler said. "The violence, the lawlessness and siege of the halls of Congress are abhorrent and stand as a direct attack on what my objection was intended to protect, the sanctity of the American democratic process."

On Thursday, several government officials resigned, top democratic lawmakers called for President Trump's removal, and President-elect Biden blamed President Trump for the riot at the Capitol, condemning the violence. 

"What we witnessed yesterday was not descent. It was not disorder. It was not protest. It was chaos. They weren't protesters. Don't dare call them protests. They were a rightist mob, insurrectionists, domestic terrorists. 

Later that evening, President Trump posted another video online speaking to the nation. 

"A new administration will be inaugurated on January 20th. My focus now turns to ensuring a smooth, orderly and seamless transition of power. This moment calls for healing and reconciliation." He called the storming of the U.S. Capitol by a mob of his supporters, a heinous attack. But he is adamant that he has no responsibility for the riot. 

On Friday morning, President Trump announced on Twitter that he is not going to attend the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden on January 20th. 

By the afternoon of Friday, the Democrats have drafted an article of impeachment that they plan to introduce on January 11. The White House fought back saying "A politically motivated impeachment against a president with 12 days remaining in his term will only serve further divide of our great country". 

On the evening of Friday, Twitter permanently banned President Trump's Twitter account due to the risk of inciting further violence. President Trump tweeted in his US Government account saying Twitter employees have coordinated with Democrats to try and silence himself and his supporters. He finally added: "We will not be silenced." Twitter removed the tweet from its platform stating that again, it violated their policy. 

Expect in the upcoming days that the authorities are now making arrests and seeking information about the rioters of the Capitol on Wednesday. 


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