How Capitol Hill was the MAGA Mob’s for the taking: Thousands of armed rioters breezed past unprepared cops after gathering at Trump rally then were gently escorted out after staging mutiny
- The protesters started gathering at a Trump rally as early as 6am; Trump has been promoting the rally since December 19
- They started storming towards Capitol Hill at 1pm after Trump whipped them up by telling them he’d walk with with them
- Despite the early indicators, police were woefully unprepared on Wednesday as the crowds grew in size
- The rioters were able to overwhelm them to get into the building; National Guard wasn’t called in until 3.51pm
- Many angry Americans are now demanding to know why cops didn’t prepare for the unrest
- The DC Mayor, the Pentagon and Capitol Police have all failed to explain why more wasn’t done
- The attempted coup on Wednesday was the first time the Capitol has been breached since 1814
In the wake of Wednesday’s insurrection on Capitol Hill, when thousands of Trump supporters made a mockery of police by storming the building with weapons, seemingly unchallenged, one resounding question remains: how did they manage to do it?
Most of the rioters had been at Trump’s White House rally at noon. That event is being pinned as the moment that incited the violence. Reports have emerged that White House staffers were too scared to go to work on Wednesday because they feared there would be violence.
Despite those early indicators and the fact that Trump and has supporters have angrily contested the election result for two months, less than two hours later, thousands had descended on the Capitol with weapons. It wasn’t until 3.51pm – nearly four hours after Trump spoke to them at the rally – that 1,100 National Guardsmen were mobilized.
Aside from a few photographs of Capitol Hill police drawing their guns to protect lawmakers in the House chamber, there are scarce examples of how cops tried to stop the mob.
Instead, videos have emerged showing officers assisting some of the rioters down the steps of the Capitol building and standing aside as crowds rush past them. Those images stand in stark contrast to the stealthy response shown from the police during the BLM protests of the summer.
Now, outraged Americans are demanding answers as to why more was not done to stop the crowds and prevent the first attempted government coup since 1814.
It’s also unclear how many people were arrested as a result of the stunt.
Here is how it unfolded.
6AM: Crowds start to gather for Trump rally that is scheduled for 10am
On December 19, Trump told his fans on Twitter to gather in Washington DC. He said: ‘Big protest in D.C. on January 6th. Be there, be wild!
They gathered peacefully in their thousands outside the White House to first wish Eric Trump a Happy Birthday, and then head from the President himself.
11.50am: Trump speaks at Save America Rally, promises to walk with crowd down to the Capitol
In a long, sermon-like speech that went on for more than an hour, Trump told his fans that he’d walk with them. At that stage, there was no mention of violence.
‘And after this, we’re going to walk down there, and I’ll be there with you, we’re going to walk down … to the Capitol and we are going to cheer on our brave senators and congressmen and women,’ he said.
He did not, however, walk with with them as promised.
Capitol Police turn their backs to the mob on Wednesday as thousands descend on the Capitol Building
Soft touch: A Trump rioter is escorted by the hand down the steps of the Capitol Building by a cop in riot gear while others stand back and watch the chaos unfold
1pm: Lawmakers gather in the House chamber to certify Biden’s election win
1.10pm: Rioters arrive at the Capitol building and start clashing with police. At 1.26pm, Capitol police order the evacuations of Library of Congress, Madison Building and Cannon House Office Building but not the House chamber
2.11pm: The rioters scale the walls of the Capitol. Vice President Mike Pence is evacuated from the House chamber moments later.
2.39pm: Videos and photographs emerge showing rioters smashing the windows of the Capitol building
2.47pm: Rioters are seen at the dais
2.53pm: Congress is removed from the Chamber in breathing masks and escape hoods
3:51 p.m. The District of Columbia National Guard, about 1,100 troops, is mobilized to support local law enforcement.
6pm: Washington DC curfew begins, many ignore it to stay put
8pm: Lawmakers return to the Chamber to certify Biden win