Trump supporters had been out and about in Washington since early this morning. Most were peaceful – but ready to fight for Trump.
WASHINGTON taz | There are disturbing scenes that go around the world from Washington. Supporters of US President Donald Trump stormed the US Congress building in the US capital on Wednesday. The demonstrators destroyed window panes, broke into the offices of MPs and gained unauthorized access to the two chambers of parliament. According to initial reports, at least six people, including police officers, were said to have been injured during the riot.
The joint session of the House of Representatives and the Senate, at which the election victory of Joe Biden was supposed to be officially certified, was interrupted. The day before there were clashes between Protestants and the police in Washington. Thousands of Trump supporters have gathered in the capital in the past few days to demonstrate against what they believe to be the stolen election.
“If this election result is not overturned, then we will never have valid elections in this country again,” said Elizabeth Buchholz, who demonstrated together with a friend from Michigan near the congress building.
Like many other Trump supporters, Buchholz believes that Biden could only win the election because of manipulation. However, there is no evidence to support this conspiracy theory. These and other baseless claims are incited by Trump himself.
Repeated calls: “Fight for Trump!”
Trump spoke to the demonstrators himself that morning. Repeatedly claimed that he had won the election landslide and that a large-scale fraud was underway. “We can’t let that happen,” Trump kept saying. Trump encouraged the demonstrators in his address to make their way to the congress building and make their voices heard there. “We’ll see today if Republicans have the integrity to stand up for our elections.”
The president’s speech was repeatedly interrupted by “fight for Trump” shouts. Despite the heated atmosphere, most of the demonstrators were content to show their support for the president with flags and posters. In the crowd, however, there were always supporters who wore bulletproof vests and military clothing. Open arms, on the other hand, as has been seen again and again at pro-Trump demonstrations in Wisconsin, for example, is prohibited in Washington, DC.
“I’m ready to fight,” said Bradley Anderson. “I have grandchildren and I don’t want them to grow up in a country where they are not free. I will not allow it. And I know that many others think similarly ”.
Anderson, who originally comes from Erie in the state of Pennsylvania, was disguised as a so-called MAGA (“Make America Great Again”) man. He wore a cloak, a mask and was dressed from head to toe in the US colors red, white and blue. “There will be a revolution. If the politicians fail to rectify the current situation, there will be fighting, ”he said.
Protesters also shocked by the storm on the Capitol
This ominous threat was put into practice only a short time later. Hundreds of Trump supporters broke the barriers and stormed the stairs of the congress building. The police couldn’t do much against the crowds, and that’s how the ugly images inside and outside the Capitol emerged.
The extent of what had just happened there was quickly clear to many. Several demonstrators were shocked by the behavior of this aggressive mob. This included Mike Holy, one of the few Biden supporters who showed up in front of the Congress.
“Politics is about willingness to compromise. But this is only possible if we listen to each other, ”said Holy, who was standing on the side of the road with a Biden Harris poster. “Violence doesn’t help,” he added. Trump supporter Elizabeth Buchholz said that today’s behavior makes the USA a mockery of the world.
Trump sent a video message late that afternoon calling on protesters to go home. He couldn’t help but emphasize his false claims about his supposed election victory there too.