Whether you watch the news or not, it is almost impossible to not know what has currently been going on in the United States. For those who are not aware, on January 6th, 2021 a large group of Trump supporters gathered at the United States Capitol for a “protest” that quickly turned for the worse. What started off as a simple protest very quickly led to hundreds of people climbing the wall of the Capitol and soon making their way inside and broke into numerous offices of major congress people; one of the more notable examples being that of the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi. While there were police inside the building, it did not stop the Trump supporters from breaking in and going all the way up the balcony. The National Guard was called, but forces did not make it to the building until an hour or so later. Once the National Guard did arrive, the Trump Supporters were forced to leave, leaving the Capitol in shambles with many things broken inside and a good number of items being stolen from the house. The main reason why the Trump supporters did this act was because they claimed that President Trump’s victory for the 2020 election was stolen from him by the Democrats and that they wanted to show their support for the president after he encouraged the act before it took place. It also worth noting that many of the people who raided the capitol were armed with guns and even some bombs. And here we thought 2021 was going to be a better year than 2020.
As of the time I am writing this, there have reportedly only been around a little more than thirty arrest since the riot. Some of the most notable people being Richard Barnett (the one who broke into Nancy Pelosi’s office and left a threatening note for her, as well as stole a few letters),
Jacob Anthony Chansley (the one who wore the ridiculous out fit with the horns on his head, face painted in red, white, and blue, and was waving the American Flag), and Adam Johnson (the one who literally stole the House speaker’s lectern). However, most of these arrest did not lead to much. Almost all of the Trump supporters were let go with a small fine they had to pay and did not face any felony charges; only a select few of the rioters were put in jail.
So why did this happen? As said before, President Trump and his supporters refuse to accept that he lost the 2020 election against President-Elect Joe Biden. This soon led to thousands of his supports going to social media claiming that they should start a protest at the U.S. Capitol to show their anger and frustration. Instead of President Trump trying to stop this from happening, he instead encouraged protesters to walk the building, only adding a huge gas canister to the already growing fire. In the midst of the protest, President Trump went on television to state, “I know your pain. I know your 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 law and order. We have to respect our great people in law and order. We don’t want anybody hurt.” As you can imagine, this did nothing. In a way, it almost added even more to the fire. While yes, he did tell them to go home, that still did not stop him from bashing the left/democrats and tried to sympathize with the rioters instead of condemning the act or terrorism like a president should.
The affects of this event have been drastic. Not long after, President Trump was banned from Twitter for inciting violence. Not long afterwards, numerous of other social media platforms banned the president as well; some examples being Snapchat, Facebook, Spotify, and even Google. That is no where near the end of it however; because not long afterward the House of Representatives have gone through and impeached President Trump yet again. This makes him the only president in the United States history to have been impeached twice. It will soon be up to the Senate to decide whether he will be kicked out of office for Vice President Mike Pence to take over until President-Elect Joe Biden takes office. President Trump was not removed from office by the Senate for his first impeachment due to most of the Senate at that time being made up of the Republican Party, however, it is unlikely that this will happen again due to the fact that the Democratic Party now makes up a majority of the Senate; but only time will tell what will happen.
The reaction to this has been gigantic. While there are still a good number of Trump supporters who stand by their president, claiming that ANTIFA was the ones who caused the violence and that it is too soon to remove President Trump from office (side note: It was not ANTIFA who caused this. This is not an opinion, but a fact due to ANTIFA being an idea only, not an organization.). However, if you look at the much bigger picture, this is something that has hurt President Trump’s image so badly that it may never recover. Why do I say this? Because it is not just the left/Democrats who are condemning this. Donald Trump has lost a significant number of hi followers because of him inciting this riot. There are numerous videos online where former Trump supports are burning their Trump flags and saying they no longer associate with him or his policies. It has also hurt his image amongst the U.S. Government as well. Many of Republicans and Independent people who liked Trump’s policies are condemning him for not acting in stopping the riot from happening. One notable figure to do so is Vice President Mike Pence. While Pence has not openly condemned President Trump, he has made it clear in interviews and social media that he did not support this riot and has told President Trump to accept the fact that he lost the election. However, possibly the most damning backlash to him is the fact that The Deutsche Bank and The Signature Bank have decided to cut ties with the President after inciting the violence. These are two very significant banks to the president, as it is where he keeps most of his money; and, if we know anything about Donald Trump, it is that he made a whole career off of being rich. It seems that the country has been fed up with the president and his antics. He is losing supporters, the U.S. Government is sick of him and wants him to go, he has been banned from almost every major social media platform, and his well trusted banks have cut ties for him. It almost seems like a new low for him. While he has been bankrupt multiple times and has come back, the thing that makes it different here is that back then he had a large following of people who loved the Trump brand. That number of his followers is now dwindling.
So, what does this mean for the American citizens? Really it is hard to say. I do think that it is important to take this as a lesson, however. When you look at the bigger picture of the riot, absolutely nothing was achieved. It did not help the president as all, but instead hurt any chances he had of being a major figure in politics and the government. It did not make the people’s voices heard, as most of the country hates what the rioters did and even Trump supporters are condemning the act. The thing I think is the worst about this situation, however, is the fact that this is a prime example of where our country is at right now. This highlights everything going wrong with our country at the moment; large groups of people gathered around with most not wearing any mask, extreme tension amongst most Americans, a major distrust and resentment of the Government, and just absolute and utter chaos.
I want to end on a positive note, however. I feel that it is important to realize that this is not the end of democracy or our country. We as humans have gone through so much more than this. We have seen countless generations fight in numerous wars, we have seen tragedy with the Twin Towers attack on 9/11, we have been through a great recession and a great depression, yet through all of that, we are still here. Let this not be something that makes you think things are never going to be okay; instead, let this be an example of why any movement fueled by unjust anger and hate will never lead to any good.