How did you get in? Democrats demand to know how easily rioters could storm the U.S. Capitol … amid allegations that Donald Trump refused to allow troops to defend the building
- Videos shared on social media showed police apparently opened fences for the mob in the Capitol
- Observers asked if other protesters would have been so leniently treated in the same scenario
- Amid the chaos, Donald Trump initially turned down and resisted a request to mobilize the National Guard
- Vice President Mike Pence and other White House officials had to step in to raise troops
The Democrats last night called for answers on how rioters could storm the U.S. Capitol so easily, claiming Donald Trump refused to send the National Guard.
Videos shared on social media showed that police appeared to be opening fences for the mob and taking selfies, suggesting that some of them sympathized with the invasion.
Observers questioned whether other protesters would have been treated so leniently and pointed to the contrast with last summer's reaction to Black Lives Matter gatherings in Washington DC.
In the midst of the chaos, Trump initially declined and resisted a call to mobilize the National Guard, the New York Times reported.
This meant Vice President Mike Pence and other White House officials had to step in to raise troops.
The scenes of the carnage sparked outrage in Washington that the Capitol Police Force, which has 1,879 officers and a budget of £ 380 million, has failed to perform its most basic function. There appeared to be no excuse for being so unprepared as Trump supporters telegraphed their intentions on social media and online forums and posted posts on the Reddit website that read, "Storm the Capitol".
Another online post said they would "break into Congress and take these politicians onto the streets".
House representative Tim Ryan said law enforcement officials made "strategic mistakes from the start". He said, “I think it's pretty clear that there are going to be a number of people who are going to be out of work very, very soon because it's an embarrassment – both on behalf of the mob and the president and the insurrection and the Attempted coup, but also lack of professional planning and handling of what we knew, would occur. "
In the midst of the chaos, Donald Trump (pictured on Wednesday) initially declined and resisted a call to mobilize the National Guard, the New York Times reported. This meant Vice President Mike Pence and other White House officials had to step in to raise troops
And representative Maxine Waters tweeted: “I had an hour-long conversation with the chief of police four days ago. He assured me that the terrorists would not enter the square and secure the Capitol. What the hell? “Videos shared online showed that the police were completely inferior to the rioters who streamed past them.
After the Twitter ban, he is now banned from Facebook
The president's Facebook and Instagram accounts have been banned "indefinitely".
Social media chief Mark Zuckerberg said the "shocking events" had spurred his decision.
Mr. Zuckerberg accused Mr. Trump of "using our platform to instigate violent uprisings against a democratically elected government". He added, "We believe the risk that the president will continue to use our services is just too great."
It did so after Twitter, Mr Trump's social media platform of choice, suspended his account for 12 hours.
White House Deputy Chief of Staff Dan Scavino tweeted on his behalf: "Even if I disagree with the election result and the facts confirm me, there will still be an orderly transition on January 20th."
A Capitol Police officer – his badge was clearly visible – posed for a selfie with a rioter, who smiled broadly as he took the picture. Another held a woman's hand to steady her as she descended the Capitol steps.
Mr. Ryan said, “I have no idea why that would be allowed. This is unacceptable. We'll look at all of this. Meanwhile, Kim Dine, head of Capitol Police from 2012 to 2016, said, “It's like watching a real horror movie.
“I mean, we train and plan and budget every day so this doesn't happen. I can't find out how it happened.
Security experts said the police completely underestimated the crowd and their intentions. Many of the officers guarding the Capitol were not even dressed in protective clothing and were wearing street clothes.
The treatment was in stark contrast to the thousands of officials sent to Washington last June to protest the death of George Floyd.
A photo from the Lincoln Memorial shows armed police officers standing 6 feet apart in a largely peaceful protest. The New York Times reported that Mr. Trump's refusal to send the National Guard caused outrage among even his closest allies.
He was reportedly so angry with Mr Pence that he refused to stop confirming the election results that he would not act. The eventual approval of the troops is said to have been made by Mr. Pence and Pat Cipollone, White House attorney.
The Army activated 1,100 DC National Guard troops while the Virginia Governor dispatched Virginia Guard members along with 200 Virginia State Troopers. Later that evening, the Capitol Police and federal law enforcement agencies held a massive demonstration of violence to secure the Capitol building. Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser declared a 6 p.m. curfew and a state of emergency in the city for the next 15 days until the inauguration.
The officers arrested 68 people, including seven for illegally possessing weapons and 61 for violating the curfew and illegal entry.
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