The Capitol riot was an attack on the US Capitol on January 6 2021 by supporters of Donald Trump.
The bulk of the people who rioted were supporters of Donald Trump. Many of them believed the debunked conspiracy that the 2020 election was stolen by Joe Biden. Independent fact checkers have disproven this claim.
Many of the attackers were also believers of the QAnon conspiracy theory. Other mob participants were also promoters of conspiracy theories about COVID-19.
For inciting the riot, the House of Representatives impeached Donald Trump for a second time.
More than a week after the attack, Donald Trump released a video addressing the attack, claiming that he condemned it. “I want to make it very clear: I unequivocally condemn the violence that we saw last week,” Trump said.
The FAA increased the fines for unruly passengers after the attack, after a series of videos of riot participants disrupting airplane flights went viral on social media.
New York City said it would end its contracts with the Trump Organization as a result of the riot. The city had two contracts with the company for two ice rinks at Central Park, the Central Park Carousel and the Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point.
Citing their opposition to the certification of Joe Biden’s election win combined with the attack, many corporate donors said they would no longer donate to related Republicans.
Inside Job Allegations
Some Democrats have raised concerns that the people who attacked the Capitol had assistance from Republicans working there. When the attack started, staffers for Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) found that their assigned panic buttons did not work. Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) said he had never been assigned a button.
Rep. James Clyburn (R-SC) said the attackers knew the location of his main office, which is not publicly available.
“I didn’t even feel safe around other members of Congress,” said Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY). Ocasio-Cortez said, adding, “There were QAnon and white supremacist sympathizers and, frankly, white supremacist members of Congress in that extraction point who I know, and who I had felt would disclose my location, who would create opportunities to allow me to be hurt, kidnapped, etc.”
Other Democrats said that Republican members gave the attackers tours of the Capitol, possibly helping to facilitate the attack.
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has said they will investigate the attack to determine what help was offered.
Law Enforcement Response Failure
The Capitol Police have been criticized for not having sufficient forces in place to deal with the attack, and for not forcefully dealing with the attackers.
The New York Police Department sent a packet of raw intelligence to the Capitol Police and the FBI, warning about a January 6 attack. But the Department of Homeland Security did not produce a threat assessment, nor did the FBI.
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