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Trump attempts a coup as his supporters attack US Capitol Hill

President Donald Trump incited his supporters to storm the U.S. Capitol where they ransacked the temple of American democracy in a violent crescendo to Trump’s coup attempt that led to the deaths of four people, authorities said. 
 
The mob at one point occupied the floor of the Senate and threatened to break into the House chamber, held back by a barricaded door and guards with pistols drawn. In the protests, four died as the police tried to control the mob. 
 
The attack began around 1 pm while Congress convened to certify Joe Biden’s election as president — an effort met with opposition from many Republicans. Around that time, during a speech outside the White House, Trump called on his supporters to head to the Capitol and protest the certification. They followed his command, posting on Gab and Parler “directions on which streets to take to avoid the police and which tools to bring to help pry open doors,” according to the New York Times. 
 
Meanwhile, a group of thousands on the western expose of the Capitol crashed through metal barriers and stormed up the steps where they quickly overwhelmed Capitol Police. Law enforcement deployed a minimally visible presence to avoid inflaming tensions, the Wall Street Journal reported. It didn’t work: The mob surged inside, then fanned out throughout the building.
 
Capitol Police said an officer shot and killed one rioter, who was seen on video with a group trying to break into the House chamber. Three other people died of unspecified “medical emergencies,” authorities said. Fourteen officers of the D.C. police sustained injuries. 
 
The certification vote was halted, and senators were rushed to an undisclosed location for their protection, reminiscent of the chaos on 9/11. A quick-thinking staffer snatched the box holding the Electoral College certificates. Pence, who presided over the session, was also swept to an undisclosed location. Meanwhile, in the House, representatives sheltered inside their chamber. The lawmakers were told to put on gas masks and hide under their seats if necessary.
 
By 5 pm, local and federal law enforcement reinforced the overwhelmed Capitol Police and began to slowly retake the grounds. By midnight, the toll of arrests reached into the dozens: some for weapons violations, many more for breaking the 6 p.m. curfew. Suspected bombs were found at the respective headquarters of the Republican and Democratic parties, according to the Washington Post. Protesters were seen trickling away as law enforcement finally convened.
 
Trump was unheard from during the first hour of the attack, then he issued a pair of limp tweets calling on the mob, which had already assaulted police, to be peaceful. More than three hours after it started, Trump finally released a video statement in which he called on the mob to go home — but after he said he loved them and repeated his false accusation that the election had been stolen. 
 
Twitter subsequently removed two tweets that said as much, locked his account for 12 hours, and threatened to ban him if he continues spouting misinformation. By nightfall, murmurs began of impeaching Trump again or using the 25th Amendment to remove him from office before his term ends on January 20.
 
Biden called it a dark moment in American history. “At this hour, our democracy is under unprecedented assault, unlike anything we’ve seen in modern times,” he said. “The scenes of chaos at the capitol do not reflect true America, and do not represent who we are. What we’re seeing is a small number of extremists, dedicated to lawlessness. It’s not dissent, it’s disorder, it’s chaos. It borders on sedition and it must end — now.”
 
Leaders from across the world condemned the attacks and stated it is “disgraceful to see the President not respecting people’s verdict and resorting to unnecessary incitement of mobs.” Even as America comes to terms with what is happening currently, it remains to be seen how this incident will shape up the politics in the coming days as Biden is set to take the oath on January 20th.