United States Capitol riot and its effects

Pro-Trump supporters stormed the capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6 in protest of Trump losing the presidential election. Photo credit: Tyler Merbler

On Jan. 6, a riot took place at the nation’s Capitol protesting the election and Joe Biden winning. Pro-Trump supporters stormed the capitol building while Congress was meeting to process the electoral vote.

Before the riot started, President Trump encouraged his supporters to go to rallies at the capital. Having the President say this took a lot of people by surprise because of his prior behavior of the loss of his re-election and having voiced some disapproval of earlier rallies, that were for movements such as Black Lives Matter.

“The riot that occurred last week was truly devastating,” said Dr. Patrica Bodelson, Political Science professor at SCSU. “President Trump and his supporters were acting out because of them being privileged white men having their power being taken from them and this led to the devastating event.”

During the riot, the senators and representatives were evacuated from the Senate and House of Representative floors to a safe location, which they stayed in until the building was cleared out of protestors.

During and after these events that happened, lawmakers from around the country were voicing their thoughts on Twitter. Rep. Ted Bud from North Carolina, who was at the Capitol, tweeted he was evacuated and was safe. Bud finished by thanking the D.C. police for keeping everyone safe.

Because of the riot that had taken place and President Trump’s encouragement to the protestors at the time, Trump is being impeached for a second time.

During his first impeachment Trump had a large group of supporters in Congress, but this time some supporters have changed sides because of the riot at the Capitol. The impeachment trials will not start until Nancy Pelosi sends over the paperwork, which sounds like will not be until next week, even though talks have been going on inside of congress already.

Not only are lawmakers rethink things about the United States right now, other nation’s allies are too. Zimbabwe, Iran, and German are a few of the countries that are rethinking and voicing their thought on America and how democracy is run after what they have seen last week at the Capitol.

“Historic events such as this must cause us to stop and seek greater understanding about how we arrived at this moment in our history, its impact on us and be resolved to address what ails our country.” wrote St. Cloud State President Wacker in an email the day after the riot. “Events such as these remind us that a St. Cloud State University education involves exploring different ideas and points of view about politics and issues that affect our families, our careers and our communities.”

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