Attack On The Capitol



Trump supporters attack the Capitol on January 6, 2021

Natalie Gallo, News Editor


On January 6, 2021 the US Capitol was attacked by supporters of former President Donald Trump. They used Facebook and other social media as their platform to plan out their attack on the Capitol. Before the rush to the Capitol, Derrick Evans, a rioter  posted a video in which he said, “They’re making an announcement right now: If Pence betrays us you better get your mind right because we’re storming that building,” the charging documents state. He then laughs and adds, “I’m just the messenger, so don’t be hating on me.”


Although the FBI couldn’t get all of the rioters, they were able to prosecute some. Some of the people who breached the Capitol who were arrested include Jacob Anthony Chansley, Adam Johnson, Derrick Evans, and Richard Barnett. They are all in custody and are being charged for entering restricted federal property in addition to disorderly conduct. The cases are being prosecuted by the U.S Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and are being investigated jointly by the FBI.


“We’re going to try and give them the kind of pride and boldness that they need to take back our country,” stated former President Trump during a rally the morning of January 6th .  Trump didn’t take responsibility for encouraging his supporters to attack the capitol. He said it was “totally appropriate.” The president went on to say, “You will never take back our country with weakness.” 


The rioters who were caught are being charged for entering restricted federal property. The FBI agents are still looking for more rioters that attacked the capitol. Although they haven’t found all of them, more than 170 people connected with the storming of the Capitol are wanted by the FBI. BBC News reports that Michael Sherwin, US Attorney for the District of Columbia, says they have identified 400 suspects and arrested 135 to date in connection with the Capitol seige. Trump is being accused of inciting the storming of the U.S. Capitol building after giving a speech on the Ellipse, a park south of the White House, however is not taking responsibility for it. According to him it was appropriate, and should give them pride and boldness to get back “our country”.  The aftermath of the insurrection sparked a second impeachment of President Donald Trump, the first time a US president has been impeached twice. The former president awaits a Senate trial for incitement of insurrection in early February.