Hundreds of supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday in a bid to overturn his election defeat, occupying the symbol of American democracy and forcing Congress to temporarily postpone a session to certify President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.
Police evacuated lawmakers and struggled for more than three hours to clear the Capitol of Trump supporters, who surged through the halls and rummaged through offices in shocking scenes of chaos and mayhem.
One woman died after being shot during the mayhem, Washington police said. The FBI said it had disarmed two suspected explosive devices. . .
This is how election results are disputed in a banana republic — not our democratic republic. I am appalled by the reckless behavior of some political leaders since the election,” former President George W. Bush, a Republican, said in a statement, without mentioning Trump by name.
This might not be unexpected in undemocratic countries where the rule of law, if there is one, is neither respected nor observed.
It’s a deplorable, but not unexpected, end to Trump’s presidency.
Such mayhem ought not to happen in a democracy, but If it happened there it could happen here.
People whose anger is stronger than their regard for the law could turn peaceful protests into riots anywhere.