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Storming of the United States Capitol
Part of the 2020–21 United States election protests and Attempts to overturn the 2020 United States presidential election
Clockwise from top: protesters gathering outside the Capitol; Donald Trump speaking to supporters at the "Save America" rally; a gallows that was erected by pro-Trump protesters outside the United States Capitol Building; crowd is appearing to retreat from tear gas; tear gas being deployed outside the Capitol Building; a crowd pressing in to the Capitol at the Eastern entrance
Date January 6, 2021 (2021-01-06)
38°53′23.3″N 77°00′32.6″W / 38.889806°N 77.009056°W / 38.889806; -77.009056
Caused by
  • Disrupt, delay, and change the Electoral College vote count in Trump's favor
  • Capture and destroy the certificates of ascertainment of the Electoral College votes
  • Pressure Congress and Vice President Mike Pence to overturn election of former vice president Joe Biden
  • Ransack, vandalize, and overrun the United States Capitol building
Methods Rioting, vandalism, looting, assault, shootings, arson, attempted bombings
Resulted in
Casualties and criminal charges
Death(s) 5 dead
  • 4 rioters
  • 1 police officer
  • Unknown number of rioters injured, at least 5 rioters hospitalized
  • 56 D.C. Metro Police officers injured
  • 60 Capitol Police officers injured (15 hospitalized)
Charged 200+ subject case files opened, including domestic terrorism, seditious conspiracy, and insurrection (80+ charged, 34+ arrested, 140,000+ digital media tips received)

On January 5–6, 2021, thousands of supporters of President Donald Trump were in Washington, D.C. to protest against the results of the 2020 presidential election. They went in to support Trump's demand for Vice President Mike Pence and Congress to reject President-elect Joe Biden's victory. The protests became riots as thousands of Trump supporters broke into the United States Capitol, damaging the building. The presidential historian Michael Beschloss called the attacks an attempted coup d'etat by the President.


First occurred a planned rally on the Ellipse. There, Rudy Giuliani called for "trial by combat", while Donald Trump told his supporters to march to the United States Capitol "to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard today", while also asking them to "show strength" and to "fight like hell" for Republicans to "take back our country".

Storming of the Capitol

The supporters broke into the Capitol. Congress was in session at the time and all congressmen, news reporters and Vice President Mike Pence were evacuated to a secure location.

A Trump-supporting female rioter was shot by Capitol Police during the storming, when she climbed through a barricaded door near the entrance to the hall for the House of Representatives; she died later that day. Three people also died from medical emergencies that day, said the Washington D.C. police. Attackers beat a police officer to death with a fire extinguisher.

The attack on the Capitol has been seen and called as domestic terrorism.


Five people died during or shortly after the event: four rioters and one police officer. Fifteen police officers were hospitalized, and more than 50 injured. Members of the mob hit Capitol Police officers in the head with lead pipes and other weapons, including flag poles.


Many Democrats and Republicans believe that Trump should be impeached or want Vice President Pence to use the twenty-fifth amendment to remove Trump from office.

Trump responded to the storming by releasing messages on Twitter. In a video, he told protesters: "This was a fraudulent election, but we can’t play into the hands of these people. We have to have peace. So go home. We love you. You’re very special. You’ve seen what happens. You see the way others are treated that are so bad and so evil. I know how you feel. But go home and go home in peace." In another message, he wrote: "These are the things and events that happen when a sacred landslide election victory is so unceremoniously & viciously stripped away from great patriots who have been badly & unfairly treated for so long". He continued: "Go home with love & in peace. Remember this day forever!".

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