Riots at the U.S. Capitol: Everything we know about what happened when Trump supporters stormed Washington


Twitter said Mr. Trump’s refusal to attend Mr. Biden’s inauguration was received by his supporters as “further confirmation that the election was not legitimate” and that he was disavowing his previous claim according to which there would be an “orderly transition”.

He claimed that one of his tweets could also “serve as an encouragement to those potentially considering acts of violence that the inauguration would be a” safe “target because he will not be present.”

The use of the words “American Patriots” to describe some of his supporters was also interpreted as support for those who committed acts of violence on the US Capitol, Twitter said.

He added: “Plans for future armed protests have already started to proliferate on and outside of Twitter, including a proposed secondary attack on the U.S. Capitol and State Capitol buildings on January 17, 2021.

“As such, our determination is that both tweets … are likely to inspire others to replicate the acts of violence that took place on January 6, 2021, and that there are multiple indicators that indicate that ‘they are received and understood as an encouragement to do. then. “

Following the ban, Twitter deleted two tweets apparently made by Mr. Trump on the @POTUS account, and also suspended the @TeamTrump account after posting a statement by the president.

The statement read: “After careful consideration of recent tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them – particularly the way they are received and interpreted on and off Twitter – we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of incitement to further violence.

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“In the context of the horrific events of this week, we made it clear on Wednesday that further violations of Twitter’s rules would potentially result in this same course of action.” Our public interest framework exists to allow the public to hear from elected officials and world leaders. It is based on the principle that the people have the right to hold power to account.

“However, we made it clear years ago that these accounts are not entirely above our rules and cannot use Twitter to incite violence, among other things.

“We will continue to be transparent about our policies and their application.”

Facebook deleted a short video that Mr. Trump posted on his social media accounts on Jan.6.

Facebook vice president of integrity Guy Rosen said the step was taken “because overall we believe it helps rather than lessens the risk of continued violence.”

Later that day, the site blocked its ability to post new content. Then, on January 7, he said he would remain stranded until the end of his term in the White House on January 20.

Mr Trump plans to remedy his “deformity” by social media companies on Monday, Jan.11, looking for ways to bring them to heel before he leaves office.

It comes as the apps, including the conservative preferred messaging site Speak, have been taken down completely by the tech giants for authorizing “threats of violence” after the storming of the U.S. Capitol.

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Read more: Trump’s fury over permanent Twitter ban over ‘risk of incitement to violence’

How Washington reacted

The House of Representatives voted to impeach Donald Trump, making him the first president in US history to be impeached twice.

Ten Republicans have joined Democrats in voting for impeachment over Mr. Trump’s role that annoys the crowd.

The article, which accused him of “inciting insurrection”, was adopted by 232 votes to 197.

Mr. Trump will now face a Senate trial.

Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, Democratic Party leaders in the US House of Representatives and Senate respectively, demanded the immediate impeachment of Mr Trump amid outrage over his actions before the US Capitol was taken by storm by a crowd of his supporters.

They publicly called on Mike Pence, the US vice president, to invoke the 25th Amendment, a mechanism that removes a president who is “incapable of carrying out the powers and duties of his office”, but Pence refused.

A wave of senior officials have left the White House, turning their backs on Mr. Trump.

A number of White House employees, including Sarah Matthews, the deputy press secretary, and Stephanie Grisham, Melania Trump’s chief of staff, have resigned with immediate effect. It was also reported that Chris Liddell, the president’s deputy chief of staff, had resigned.

Read more: Top Republicans turn on Trump after day of chaos

How the world reacted

Boris Johnson called on the United States to restore the rule of law. “Shameful scenes in the US Congress,” tweeted the British Prime Minister.

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“The United States is a supporter of democracy around the world and it is now vital that there is a peaceful and orderly transfer of power.”

EU officials have expressed shock at the “assault on American democracy”.

“To witness the scenes tonight in Washington DC is a shock,” tweeted European Council President Charles Michel.

“In the eyes of the world, American democracy appears under siege tonight,” European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said in a separate tweet.

“This is an invisible attack on American democracy, its institutions and the rule of law. This is not America. The results of the November 3 election must be fully respected,” Mr. Borrell, referring to the US presidential election which saw Mr. Trump defeated. by Joe Biden.

“The strength of American democracy will prevail over extremist individuals,” Borrell said.

Speaking to Sky News, Kim Darroch, the former UK ambassador to the United States, shared his belief that Mr Trump was not fit to be president, before suggesting that the No.10’s ‘too close’ to the Trump presidency.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she was “furious and saddened” by the violence in Washington DC, and said Mr. Trump shared the blame for the unrest among his supporters.

“I deeply regret that President Trump has not conceded his defeat, since November and again yesterday,” she said, before adding: “The doubts about the election result have been stirred up and created the ‘atmosphere that made the events of last night possible.



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