For it was a day which marked the assault on Capitol Hill during a Congressional session to certify the electoral vote and Joe Biden’s election victory, that has left four dead.
More drama unfolded as Vice President Pence’s speech signalled his split from President Trump, while most (not all) Republicans and Democrats stood united in their disgust over the violence lobbied at lawmakers and senators. Many believe Trump instigated the attacks with his stirring and untruthful rhetoric in the press and social media, which has prompted Twitter and Facebook to warn Trump that his accounts may be permanently deleted should he continue to express inflammatory remarks.
“To those who wreaked havoc in our Capitol today, you did not win,” declared Vice President Pence. Senator Mitch McConnell, the soon-to-be-former Senate majority leader of the Republicans said “They tried to disrupt our democracy,” he said. “They failed.” Up to the moment of assault, both leaders had also failed to rail-in the outgoing President.
Here UNRESERVED has rounded up comments and quotes across Twitter on the attack on democracy on Capitol Hill, the symbol of modern democracy.
The best thing @realdonaldtrump could do right now is to address the nation from the Oval Office and condemn the riots. A peaceful transition of power is essential to the country and needs to take place on 1/20.
— Mick Mulvaney (@MickMulvaney) January 6, 2021
Disgraceful scenes in U.S. Congress. The United States stands for democracy around the world and it is now vital that there should be a peaceful and orderly transfer of power.
— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) January 6, 2021
— Mark Rutte (@MinPres) January 6, 2021
It has been an honor to serve the country in the @WhiteHouse . I am very proud to have been a part of @FLOTUS @MELANIATRUMP mission to help children everywhere, & proud of the many accomplishments of this Administration. Signing off now – you can find me at @OMGrisham ❤️🇺🇸
— Stephanie Grisham (@StephGrisham45) January 7, 2021
Statement by President George W. Bush on Insurrection at the Capitol pic.twitter.com/rF77j0fIBK
— George W. Bush Presidential Center (@TheBushCenter) January 6, 2021
What happened at the U.S. Capitol today was an insurrection, incited by the President of the United States. https://t.co/NojKm86sZ2
— Senator Mitt Romney (@SenatorRomney) January 6, 2021
We will finish our Constitutional duty and count the electoral votes. This must never happen again. Our republic depends upon and is defined by the peaceful transfer of power. We will abide by our oath and ensure that happens. pic.twitter.com/unz8tzocLu
— Rep. Liz Cheney (@RepLizCheney) January 7, 2021
We just had a violent mob assault the Capitol in an attempt to prevent those from carrying out our Constitutional duty. There is no question that the President formed the mob, the President incited the mob, the President addressed the mob. He lit the flame. pic.twitter.com/nc9WLmtfuv
— Rep. Liz Cheney (@RepLizCheney) January 7, 2021
Today, domestic terrorists attacked a foundation of our democracy: the peaceful transfer of power following free elections.
We must reestablish the rule of law and hold them accountable.
Democracy is fragile. Our leaders must live up to their responsibility to protect it.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) January 6, 2021
My staff and I are safe.
It’s disgraceful that Trump and his allies have enabled this violence and attacks on our democracy.
Grateful to the Capitol Police for keeping us safe.
— Sen. Cory Booker (@SenBooker) January 6, 2021
Here’s my statement on today’s violence at the Capitol. pic.twitter.com/jLCKo2D1Ya
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) January 7, 2021
Confirmed this. Trump is normally eager to deploy the National Guard when violence breaks out, but had to be convinced to do so today as a mob of his supporters breached the Capitol. Pence, who was in contact with the Pentagon, played a role in it ultimately happening. https://t.co/M0ZoJXmXOC
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) January 7, 2021
“The America that so many aspire to will be back. It’s just been hijacked by a lunatic and his crazy army for the last four years. But that’s about to end.” https://t.co/iyX0JiWBa4
— The Late Late Show with James Corden (@latelateshow) January 7, 2021
It is time for the leaders of this country to invoke the 25th Amendment. Isn’t it obvious? Today has made me sad with disbelief with what is happening in my country, a country that has inspired my songs of hope and love.
— Stevie Wonder (@StevieWonder) January 6, 2021
Just think of the carnage had they not been white.
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) January 6, 2021
But no surprise.
So many to hold responsible. You know who you are.
You dismissed the violent, divisive, cruel rhetoric. You made excuses.
He/you are not leaders.
We will try to re-build. You will try to live with yourselves
— Sarah Jessica Parker (@SJP) January 6, 2021
White privilege on steroids!!! 🇺🇸 🥶
— Terry Pheto (@TerryPheto) January 6, 2021
This is what the President of the United States Donald Trump meant when he said — Stand back, and stand by.
— Chloë Grace Moretz (@ChloeGMoretz) January 6, 2021
God Bless America indeed. Thank you @staceyabrams, @BlackVotersMtr, @MsLaToshaBrown, @fairfightaction and all of the grassroots orgs that have been on the ground for years doing the work that made yesterday a possibility. Our entire country owes you a huge debt of gratitude. https://t.co/EEOhQuADrl
— Mandy Moore (@TheMandyMoore) January 7, 2021
There need to be mass arrests this year for yesterday. We didn’t work and vote for this. MASS ARRESTS. Start at the snake’s head and work down one by one. If not, the systemic hypocrisy will set fire to it all.
— Jeffrey Georgia On My Mind Wright (@jfreewright) January 7, 2021