Since Donald Trump began running for office, there has been a fear that violence was imminent. As hate groups across the country took up his banner and made their faces public, that fear heightened. As his supporters swarmed their state capitol buildings armed with semi-automatic weapons over COVID-19 shutdowns, that fear increased. On Capitol Hill on Wednesday, as members of the House and Senate met to complete the formal task of recording state electors’ votes, Trump supporters swarmed in with weapons, causing the building to be evacuated.
New – an explosive device was found at the RNC and detonated safely. https://t.co/dbL5U41ZSo
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) January 6, 2021
In the aftermath, while police try to contain the growing violence from the MAGA crowd, reporters of an explosive device rocked the country. More and more, this “protest” is looking more like an attempt at an armed coup, and people are already being hurt. Police apparently safely destroyed, but the riots still aren’t over.
The New York Times writes that:
‘An explosive device was found at the headquarters of the Republican National Committee in Washington and the nearby headquarters of the Democratic National Committee was evacuated after the discovery of a suspicious package on Wednesday, according to three people briefed on the discoveries.
‘The device that was found at the R.N.C. was a pipe bomb that was successfully destroyed by a bomb squad, according to an official for the R.N.C.’
Trump, meanwhile, sits in the White House tweeting instead of openly calling for the violence to stop. After making an appearance in front of the enraged crowd, a crowd convinced that a widespread, coordinated effort to rig the 2020 presidential election against their president, Trump has made no public appearance.
Twitter made their voices heard while the capitol was infiltrated. Read some of their comments below: