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2021 storming of the United States Capitol
|2021 storming of the United States Capitol|
|Part of the 2020–21 United States election protests and attempts to overturn the 2020 United States presidential election|
Top to bottom, left to right: crowds gathered outside of the Capitol; Donald Trump speaking to supporters at the "Save America" rally; tear gas being deployed against protesters outside the Capitol Building
|Date||January 6, 2021|
|Methods||Rioting, vandalism, looting, assault, shootings, arson, and attempted bombings|
|Resulted in||Attempts to overturn election results in favor of Trump failed
|Casualties and arrests|
On January 5–6, 2021, thousands of supporters of President Donald Trump were in Washington, D.C. to protest against the results of the 2020 presidential election. They went in to support Trump's demand for Vice President Mike Pence and Congress to reject President-elect Joe Biden's victory. The protests became riots as thousands of Trump supporters broke into the United States Capitol, damaging the building. The presidential historian Michael Beschloss called the attacks an attempted coup d'etat by the President.
RallyFirst occurred a planned rally on the Ellipse. There, Rudy Giuliani called for "trial by combat", while Donald Trump told his supporters to march to the United States Capitol "to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard today", while also asking them to "show strength" and to "fight like hell" for Republicans to "take back our country".
Storming of the Capitol
A Trump-supporting female rioter was shot by Capitol Police during the storming, when she climbed through a barricaded door near the entrance to the hall for the House of Representatives; she died later that day. Three people also died from medical emergencies that day, said the Washington D.C. police. Attackers beat a police officer to death with a fire extinguisher.
Five people died during or shortly after the event: four rioters and one police officer. Fifteen police officers were hospitalized, and more than 50 injured. Members of the mob hit Capitol Police officers in the head with lead pipes and other weapons, including flag poles. Howard Liebengood was a Capitol Police officer on duty during the attack. He died by suicide three days later. Jeffrey Smith defended the capitol as part of the Metro Police Department. He killed himself soon after.
Trump responded to the storming by releasing messages on Twitter. In a video, he told protesters: "This was a fraudulent election, but we can’t play into the hands of these people. We have to have peace. So go home. We love you. You’re very special. You’ve seen what happens. You see the way others are treated that are so bad and so evil. I know how you feel. But go home and go home in peace." In another message, he wrote: "These are the things and events that happen when a sacred landslide election victory is so unceremoniously & viciously stripped away from great patriots who have been badly & unfairly treated for so long". He continued: "Go home with love & in peace. Remember this day forever!".
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