Local historian says mob intended violence in storming of U.S. Capitol

Written by on January 8, 2021

Local historian says mob intended violence in the storming of U.S. Capitol

By Ben Stemrich

January 8, 2021

FILE – In this Jan. 6, 2021, file photo violent rioters, loyal to President Donald Trump, storm the Capitol in Washington. The words of Donald Trump supporters who are accused of participating in the deadly U.S. Capitol riot may end up being used against him in his Senate impeachment trial as he faces the charge of inciting a violent insurrection. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

A Pro-Trump mob attempted to occupy the U.S Capitol. They were trying to overturn the 2020 presidential election results and stop Joseph Biden from taking office. 

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Tim Blessing, U.S. Presidential Historian at Alvernia University, says the violence involved with the attempted insurgency proves the incident was planned in advance, and that the Pro-Trump mob planned to use violence to overturn the election.

“If the president tells you to walk up to Capitol Hill and makes your feelings known, there’s usually not many stores along the way where you can buy IED’s and tasers. So these folks came to this rally I guess you’d call it, already prepared for chaos.” 

“This is a strange confluence of a president who seems to radicalize everything he touches and demonstrators who came prepared to do damage,” Blessing says.  

Reports indicate at least one explosive was found on Capitol property. Eventually, it was Vice President Mike Pence, not President Trump, who called in the National Guard to subdue the mob.

“This is what happens when a president loses credibility. It’s not that they lose their power, but what happens is that people start going around them,” he says.

Congress reconvened the evening of Jan. 6 to certify Joseph Biden’s electoral victory, after order was restored to the nation’s capital.

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