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How the world reacted to Trump-worshipping rioters taking hold of the U.S. Capitol

Trump supporters staging a takeover of the U.S. Capitol
Trump supporters staging a "takeover" of the U.S. CapitolPhoto: Shutterstock

The riots inside of the United States Capitol last night shocked the world — especially as millions watched the breaking and entering live on television and online.

Once the events of January 6, 2021 unraveled, many took to Donald Trump’s favorite platform — Twitter — to condemn him and his supporters. Meanwhile, Trump himself would defend the actions of the rioters, denounce his own Vice President, and received a suspension from Twitter for 12 hours.

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Celebrities, political figures, and LGBTQ people expressed their shock, anger and dismay as anti-democratic rioters took the Senate floor, put their feet up on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s desk, and destroyed a building that hadn’t physically come under attack since 1814, when the British invaded Washington, D.C.

Video showed protestors climbing the Capitol exterior, attacking police officers, and waving Pride flags while doing it.

 

Many of the legislators, both those who were inside the building when the attack started and those who were not, immediately condemned the violence. Political figures around the world, on all sides of the political spectrum, did so as well.

Even those that are accused of bearing responsibility for the events — either by supporting conspiracy theories on the floor of Congress, or enabling President Trump with once-unwavering support — condemned the violence that took place in Trump’s name and tried to distance themselves as much as possible.

Only Trump loyalists, such as the Log Cabin Republicans, have dragged their feet.

Some conservatives have already begun trying to whitewash history, such as George Santos, the gay Republican who claimed just this week he was “stoned & egged” from his home just after attending a Trump family event at Mar-A-Lago.

One faction of the Log Cabin group even voiced their support for the rioters, calling them “protestors” and comparing them to demonstrations held in opposition to Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation, where no one was hurt and no property was destroyed.

Mike Pence denounced the violence yesterday while defying Trump’s wishes for him to somehow not certify the count — all while Trump sat in the White House, unable to tweet, as resignations and calls for impeachment began to pile up.

In the end, the rioters only delayed the rightful election certification they sought to prevent, and Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are set to become president and vice president, respectively.

 

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