Unprecedented – and lethal – scenes at the Washington DC Capitol where President Trump’s supporters stormed the building in an effort to reverse the election outcome. One woman was shot and died of her injuries afterwards, when rioters tried to deter members of Congress from certifying the electoral win of Joe Biden.
Chaos on Capitol Hill unraveled as hundreds of Trump supporters rushed the house. As they burst past security, a fight ensued between riot police and the demonstrators. To discourage Congress from certifying Joe Biden’s election win, they stormed the Senate chambers – practically putting democracy to a halt.
Then the officers drew their pistols. Police officers shot a woman – and she was later pronounced dead. Any demonstrators turned their indignation toward the media as well. President Trump had echoed his unsubstantiated allegations that the election had been taken from him earlier at a rally outside the White House — and encouraged his followers to rally at the Capitol. Hours later, a video statement was issued by Trump asking his followers to go home, but he did not condemn their actions.
Since tweeting to followers who threatened the Capitol, Trump has now been removed from many social media platforms, including Facebook. Several senior Republicans denounced abuse after senators eventually returned to the chambers of the Senate. And Mike Pence, Trump’s Vice President. President-elect Joe Biden branded the brutality as a blockade, speaking of the danger to democracy.
What does this all mean for the Republican Party’s future? How complicit in the riot are its members? Will the GOP rebound from siding with the Trumpists not long ago?
Ines Pohl, DW’s Washington Bureau Chief, spoke with Rick Wilson, co-founder of the Lincoln Project.