As if the events on Wednesday were not bad enough, there are reports that Trump supporters are planning a nationwide wave of actions on Sunday, January 17th. This was one of reasons that Twitter gave for banning Trump’s personal account.
Twitter said it feared Trump’s most recent tweets were being interpreted as supporting the rioters and that plans for future armed protests had already been proliferating both on and off the platform, including a proposed attack on the U.S. Capitol and state capitol buildings on Jan. 17.
There are also reports of planned protests for Joe Biden’s inauguration day on January 20th. The fact that Mike Pence announced that he will be attending though Trump had said he won’t will not endear the vice president to the mob, since this will further add to their conviction that he has become a traitor to their Dear Leader.
New graphic videos have emerged showing the level of violence during the riot.
Here is one that showed when the security barricades around the Capitol building were first breached.
Here is another where the rioters trapped a security office in a door.
This is what the pro-Trump mob did to American law enforcement officers after the President incited a deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol
(warning, graphic video) pic.twitter.com/4RNsZQAYbh
— Josh Campbell (@joshscampbell) January 9, 2021
A riot participant and self-described activist, John Sullivan, posted lengthy video on YouTube that provides one of the clearest views of the siege. The rioters cheer each other on as they break windows at the front of the Capitol and move excitedly through it, chanting, “Whose house? Our house!” Sullivan can be heard talking about wanting to burn the entire building down.
Sullivan’s footage ends with the graphic death of Ashli Babbitt, the 35-year-old woman shot in the neck as she tried to climb through a barricade leading to the House floor. At the time, some lawmakers were still inside, according to a detailed Bellingcat investigation. The group Babbitt became a part of was angry. Sullivan’s video shows one man repeatedly punching the window until it cracks. A few people appear alarmed by a handgun that appears from around a corner beyond the barricade, but Babbitt begins climbing through a window anyway ― at which point the gun fires at her.
Police officers in riot gear appear almost immediately after Babbitt falls to the floor and attempt to administer first aid while also trying to clear the hallway of people.
These new protests may fizzle out since one expects that security will be heavily beefed up for these events given the security breakdown that took place on Wednesday that has led to some resignations in the heads of the Capitol security forces. The rioters will not that the advantage of surprise and numbers that they had on Wednesday. The hardcore dead enders might still be tempted, like Custer, to make a last stand but some who may have been planning to attend may now have second thoughts. I suspect that the prospect of being met by a large security force and being promptly arrested and jailed if any trouble ensues might deter them from attending.
By the way, Pence had planned an overseas trip to the Middle East on the evening of January 6th, right after the certification vote. It was thought that he had wanted to avoid the wrath of Trump and his cult members for his ceremonial role. But since the riots caused the process to extend until 4:00am the following morning, it is. not clear what happened to his trip. As far as I am aware, he is still in the US. Given how things have turned out, he may have realized that he could run but he could not hide from Trump and his mob.