On Jan. 6, a riotous mob of Trump supporters protesting the results of the 2020 Presidential election breached the U.S. Capitol, leaving smashed windows, busted doors and multiple people dead, including a Capitol Police officer and an Air Force veteran. The nation watched in shock as our most important civic building was swiftly stormed and occupied by protesters-turned-rioters. It was surreal, stunning and tragic.
How did this happen?
After weeks of contesting the results of the 2020 election amid unsubstantiated claims of widespread voter fraud, President Trump on Dec. 19 endorsed a rally set to be held Jan. 6 in Washington D.C., which was dubbed the “Save America Rally.”
“Statistically impossible to have lost the 2020 Election. Big protest in D.C. on January 6th. Be there, will be wild!” Trump wrote on Twitter.
And wild it was.
By 6 a.m. on Jan. 6, thousands of Trump supporters had gathered in the Ellipse, a patch of the National Mall between the