Angry supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday in a chaotic protest aimed at thwarting a peaceful transfer of power, forcing lawmakers to be rushed from the building and interrupting challenges to Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory.
Trump issued a restrained call for peace well after the melee was underway but did not urge supporters to disperse. Earlier he had egged them on to march to Capitol Hill. The Pentagon said about 1,100 District of Columbia National Guard members were being mobilized to help support law enforcement at the Capitol.
Wednesday’s ordinarily mundane procedure of Congress certifying a new president was always going to be extraordinary, with Republican supporters of Trump vowing to protest results of an election that they have baselessly insisted was reversed by fraud. But even the unusual deliberations, which included the Republican vice president and Senate majority leader defying Trump’s demands, were quickly overtaken.
The chaotic events Wednesday in D.C. drew the attention of the nation and players across the NFL, who shared their reaction to the situation throughout the day.
“This is what’s going on. It’s been incited and people can’t be surprised by what’s happening because it’s been kinda provoked for a long time,” Seattle Seahawks offensive lineman Duane Brown said, per The Seattle Times. “It’s here now, and it’s not being met with the same outrage and anger as other protests, and things that have happened over the last recent months. I’m praying for everyone involved, for safety, I believe they said some people were shot or injured so praying for the best outcome possible in those situations. But like I said, it’s been provoked for a while.”
Never thought Americans would let terrorists into the capital without a fight….sad day
I guess breaking in the capital and destroying government property because someone didn’t get elected in office is more acceptable than taking a knee for injustices in our country.
“Stand down and standby” https://t.co/AECT4Fty8G
Today was acts of terrorism, and should be treated as such!
This is America… did they really just storm the Capitol in an attempted ..coup!?
The Capital Building. HOW🧐🧐🧐🧐👀
This got to be a joke https://t.co/z231mq7MCP
I’m sorry but these are not “protestors”.
They’re thugs, rioters, terrorists and whatever other words the media likes to use to describe people in these type of unfortunate events. https://t.co/1k9F6KwEmt
Oh they thought it was sweet cause they had the American flag..I hope you take notice America, these folks dangerous.
This is how the world starts off ‘21? Beyond crazy.
Deescalate and Talk to them? Did they start new training? Or was this always what they are taught to do? 🤔 https://t.co/ajUhQLT21N
Now y’all know if a crowd of black people were to gather and do this to a playground let alone the capitol it’d be a wrap for each person on the other side of law enforcement!
2021 is starting off wild already
Where is the law & order now? The National Guard?
The Capitol looks like a mosh pit at Walmart & leadership is nowhere to be found
Just “go home, we love you, you’re very special..” pic.twitter.com/xWVZRPiA27
These dudes taking pics inside the capitol this is comical
Y’all… President Trump told them to “Stand back and stand by” Why are we surprised. A mob of all white Trump supporters stormed the White House. None of them were harmed. Gangsters, mobsters, terrorists… this is embarrassing. Truly.
Still tryna figure out why the call to action is taking so long!?! Storm a Best Buy……. gas, rubber bullets, tasers, national guard. Storm the Capital…………. crickets!! Wonder why?
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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