This was supposed to be considered a day of rebirth in America. The victories of Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock solidified the political transformation of Georgia and a new era of Democracy for this country. We saw Warnock become the first Black Senator elected in the South, and the introduction of Jon Ossoff provides a new-blood in the Senate, as he was a former head of video-production manager before-hand. However, the times of celebration came to a screeching halt when thousands of Trump-supporters stormed the Capitol to express their anger at the election results.
“I have never seen something like this before,” said Bonnie Metter, a retired IRS worker from Fresno, California, “It’s just a shame that they had to do this to Trump. The man doesn’t deserve it.”
The protests began shortly after CNN predicted the Democratic sweep in Georgia, and over time escalated into one of the wildest riots in American history. Dozens of people can be seen climbing the rails up the Captiol and breaking into the House of Representatives building wearing costumes and Trump flags. There are also rumors circulating that a woman was shot trying to defend the Capitol, and she is currently in critical condition.
“We had stormed the chambers inside and there was a young woman who rushed to the windows.” stated a Trump supporter who witnessed the shooting, “Police and secret service was saying ‘get back, get down, get out of the way’. She didn’t heed the call and as we kind of raced up to grab people and pull them back they shot her in the neck and she fell back on me”.
There has also been tension surrounding the quietness of the President, Donald Trump, after watching his buildings getting mobbed by reckless civilians. For a man that had sent dozens of cryptic tweets relating to the brutality of the Black Lives Matter Protests, his calm demeanor about the situation raised a few eyebrows and had people calling him out to stop the madness.
“This is not dissent. It’s a disorder. It’s chaos. It borders on sedition and it must end now,” President-elect Joe Biden stated in a brief address in Wilmington, Delaware. “I call on President Trump to go on national television, now, to fulfill his oath and defend the Constitution and demand an end to this siege,”
Trump eventually went on national television to try and calm the crowd, trying to sympathize their anger by stating that, “We had an election that was stolen from us”, and politely telling the mob to, “go home now, we have to have peace, we have to have law and order, we have to respect our great people in law and order”. The government eventually took control of Capitol Hill after hours of chaos.
Whether the protesters return in the future or not does not distract us from the dark foreshadowing of the country. We are entering one of the largest political divides in American history, and it appears as if we are entering another era of media bashing, censorship, and protests. Having a fresh start in the government with Joe Biden is fine, but if he thinks getting rid of Trump will solve the problem, he is in for a long ride the next four years.