• Tusitala Staff

A timeline of the Capitol Hill riot on January 6, 2021

Jan 6th, 2021-----


Before 6 am Crowds prepare for the pro-trump “Save America” rally. Thousands gather in D.C. to protest against the election result The idea of this gathering originated from Trump’s tweet back in December(12/19): “Big protest in D.C. on January 6th. Be there, be wild!”


Early morning Jon Ossoff(D) wins Georgia Runoff. Ossoff becomes the first Jewish senator elected from Georgia. Currently 33 years old, Ossoff is also the youngest member of the Senate.

Raphael Warnock, left, and Jon Ossoff, right

11:00am President Trump speaks at the “Save America Rally” in the Ellipse, a park just south of the White House. Trump supporters flooded the area. During the rally, Trumps call on supporters to fight back the election result: “We will stop the steal.” He also claims, “We won this election, and we won it by a landslide.” His controversial quote, “if you don’t fight like hell you’re not going to have a country anymore,” might be one of the hardest evidence to defend during his impeachment trial.

After the rally, the crowd slowly moves towards the Capitol building.



12:30pm Raphael Warnock(D) wins Georgia Runoff. He becomes the first African American to be elected into the Senate from Georgia. The democratic party secures both Senate seats from Georgia.


1 pm Start of electoral counting votes


1:10 pm Rioters crowd at the West Front of the Capitol building. People flew American flags as well as ‘Trump 2020’ flags overhead.



1:26 pm Capitol Police began to order evacuation of the Library of Congress, Madison Building and Cannon House Office Building. Suspicious packages, later confirmed to be pipe bombs, are found at the Republican National Committee headquarters and Democratic National Committee headquarters. Buildings are evacuated



1:30 pm The crowd at the Capitol Building has grown even larger, and things begin to get violent as the rioters attempt to overtake the Capitol. Eventually, the crowd overtakes Capitol Police and moves up the steps.


1:40 pm Washington D.C. Mayor ordered a one-day curfew starting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday.


2:15 pm The rioters climb up the walls, bust open windows, and break into the capital, leaving places of entry open for fellow disruptors. 21



2:20 pm Both houses of congress simultaneously adjourn and begin to evacuate from the Capitol’s chambers.



2:24 pm In response to Trump continuing the process of counting the electoral votes, Trump tweeted, “Mike Pence didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and our Constitution, giving States a chance to certify a corrected set of facts, not the fraudulent or inaccurate ones which they were asked to previously certify. USA demands the truth!”



2:37 pm Congressman Jim Himes tweets: “Police have asked us to get gas masks out as there has been tear gas used in the rotunda.”



2:40 pm Photos and videos of the terrorists inside the capitol arise all over social media. Maskless rioters are pictured confronting cops and sitting in the Senate chamber and desks that belong to government workers.



2:45 pm The capitol is overtaken by rioters.



2:53pm Rep. Alex Mooney, R-W.Va., tweets he has evacuated the House chamber. He and many others were given an escape hood, a respiratory hood and mask used during fires or chemical accidents.




3:13 pm Trump tweets: “I am asking for everyone at the U.S. Capitol to remain peaceful. No violence! Remember, WE are the Party of Law & Order – respect the Law and our great men and women in Blue. Thank you!”



3:25 pm President-elect Joe Biden delivers remarks about the Capitol riots and calls on President Trump to address the rioters.



3:33 pm D.C. National Guard was activated. Around 1,100 troops were sent to support the law enforcement.



3:34 pm A woman reported being in critical condition. The shot was fired when she was attempting to break through a window to get into the Speaker’s Lobby. This woman was later confirmed to be Ashli Babbitt, a 35-year-old Trump supporter and Air Force veteran. However, court records show that she had been previously charged with reckless endangerment, malicious property damage, and dangerous driving for threatening Celeste Norris, the ex of her-then boyfriend.



4:00 pm it was reported that at least one explosive device was found near capital


4:17 pm Facebook, Twitter lock Trump’s account following video addressing Washington rioters



4:25 pm Washington D.C police Chief states that a minimum of 5 weapons had been recovered and at least 13 people had been arrested



6 pm a curfew was enforced by local police after Mayor Muriel Bowser issued the order as protestors supporting President Donald Trump breached the Capitol, where lawmakers were meeting to formally count the electors that will make Joe Biden president on Jan. 20.



8 pm Congress resumes


Chaos did not stop when the Capitol Hill Riot ended. Repercussions from the acts of the terrorists and the president emerged after. Around 7 pm, President Trump’s facebook posts about the riots occurring at the Capitol and the election results were taken down. His Twitter account was initially disabled for 12 hours due to its violations of Twitter’s Civic Integrity policy, and it was later permanently suspended for “incitement of violence.” Furthermore, the violence at the Capitol not only stirred chaos on social media, it also caused severe injuries and casualties. It was announced that 5 people have died and at least 68 people have been arrested on Capitol grounds. One of the fatalities occurred from gunfire within the Capitol. Three others sprouted from medical emergencies. The final casualty was the death of a Capitol Police Officer who died the following day from injuries that he obtained the day of the domestic terrorist attack. Among the 68 arrested on account of the overtaking of the U.S. Capitol, 41 of those took place on Capitol grounds. The following day, January 7, Congress confirmed Joe Biden’s Presidential Election victory despite the Republican party’s attempt to challenge the electoral votes of Arizona and Pennsylvania. After Wednesday’s events, the act of impeachment was brought into the discussion. Because of Trump’s part in the terrorist attack on the U.S. Capitol, democrats push for the swift impeachment of Trump on the charge of “incitement of insurrection.” The impeachment trial is in the hands of the newly balanced Senate, and it is the first time in U.S. history that a President has gone through the process of impeachment twice. Even though it might seem odd because he is on his way to being out of office, impeaching Trump will strip him of post-presidency privileges and the ability to run for U.S. President again.


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