The joint session of Congress to certify President-elect Joe Biden's electoral victory over outgoing President Donald Trump in the 2020 election was upended on Wednesday after pro-Trump extremists stormed the U.S. Capitol, shattering windows and ransacking offices, forcing the Vice President to evacuate and lawmakers to hide in offices.
The unprecedented siege by American extremists on the Capitol resulted in vandalized offices and tear gas wafting inside the Capitol. Guns were drawn on the House floor and radical Trump supporters paraded freely on the Senate floor.
By the end of the night, four people were dead.
It was the most alarming culmination yet of Trump's repeated lies that the 2020 election was stolen by Democrats who orchestrated widespread election fraud across numerous swing states to deliver a victory for Biden.
Though the House and Senate eventually certified Biden's victory, the nation continues to reel from the domestic terrorism unleashed on its Capitol.
In recent social media posts, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) asked people to come forward with information about the attackers.
Just before the siege, Trump supporters gathered near the Capitol at a "Save America" rally, where Trump's lawyer—Rudy Giuliani—encouraged "trial by combat" to decide the election. Congressman Mo Brooks (R-AL) told them to begin taking names and "kicking ass." Finally, Trump himself addressed the crowd, repeating his election lies and urging them to walk to the Capitol and "fight" for him.
This was in addition to Trump's years-long capitulation to pro-Trump militias like the Proud Boys.
People soon began informing the FBI who was responsible.
Only 50 arrests have been made so far, but FBI Director Christopher Wray assured Americans that even though the situation at the Capitol has deescalated, they're still investigating and intend to arrest the attackers, promising that no charges are off the table.
People still saw double standards in the FBI's treatment of pro-Trump extremists and its treatment of other people and groups, such as the Black Lives Matter protestors.
More arrests are expected soon.