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Chaos erupted on Capitol Hill on Wednesday – literally when supporters of President Donald Trump clashed with the Capitol Police and had to lock down the Capitol Building. During the violent protests, several other congress buildings also had to be evacuated.
According to The Hill, police ordered residents of the Madison building to evacuate, while residents of the Cannon House building were told to get off as soon as possible.
It didn’t take long for the chaos to spread to social media, and it was a sad comment on the state of our nation.
Rep. Nancy Mace (RS.C.) wrote, “I just cleared my office in Cannon because of a nearby threat. Now we see protesters attacking Capitol police. This is wrong. This is not who we are I’m heartbroken. ” for our nation today. “
Multiple media outlets reported the riotous event on social media. The official New York Magazine Twitter account (@NYMag) wrote: “Trump supporters stormed Capitol Hill and clashed with police on the Capitol steps as dozen tried to get through during a vote to confirm Joe Biden’s victory . “
Blaze reporter Elijah Schaffer (@ElijashSchaffer) added: “BREAKING: Trump supporters broke through the Capitol building, tore down four layers of security fences and are trying to occupy the building – fighting federal police that have been overrun
It’s the craziest thing I’ve ever seen in my life. Thousands, the police can’t stop them “
NBC News also tweeted, “BREAKING: Trump supporters clash with police trying to gain access to the US Capitol while Congress debates an appeal against the Arizona Electoral College vote.”
Liberal commentator Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) never missed a beat posting: “Is that the ‘Back the Blue’ part?”
A question that needs to be asked is to what extent the same outlets covered the similar violent clashes that occurred with disruptive regularity throughout 2020 – or even the anti-Trump gatherings that have taken place over the past four years. In many cases, the media did not always seem eager to use social media to launch these protests, many of which were far from peaceful.
Of course, it didn’t take long for the hashtag #BackTheBlue to make the rounds – many opponents of the president found that many of those who long supported the police are now engaged in hand-to-hand combat.
The official Twitter account of the New York Socialist (@TheNYSocialist) wrote: “Look at Trump supporters with ‘thin blue lines’ storming the capital and making an officer shake in fear. This is who’ Back the Blue ‘really is. “
Artist / activist Rob Sheridan (@rob_sheridan) was among many who the rioters exclaimed, “It’s almost like the Blue Lives Matter ideology has always been pro-cop second, anti-black first.”
Detective novelist Don Winslow (@donwinslow) was among those who also campaigned on social media to ensure the event was actually organized, and blame President Trump. “During the presidential debate, Trump urged the Proud Boys to stand up from ‘And today he activated them.
Writer / consultant Rick Spence went a step further and warned, “This is a mess, but not a national crisis. The crisis is coming.
Proud boys and other radical right-wingers have discovered their strength. You now have four years to hone your skills in the opposition. You get braver. The new administration must now start planning. “
It’s also important to note that outrage over Wednesday’s violent protest was also shared by many Trump supporters. Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) wrote: “I like it when a lot of people voted for President Trump in the 2020 election and were hoping for a different outcome. But violence and destruction are not the way to express your grievances. It’s a shame and it has to be. ” The End.”
The views were corroborated by Rep. Kelly Armstrong (RN.D.), who wrote, “Thank you very much to the Capitol Police and all law enforcement agencies. Rioting is not protesting. This must stop. Now.”
Perhaps more of our legislators – on both sides – need to reinforce and offer such calls to end violence. Unfortunately, as we’ve seen from both the left and the right, protesting to the point of riot has become an accepted option, which is then only further exploited on social media.