Why weren’t there mass arrests of the terrorists who rioted into the Capitol?

U.S. Capitol shut down and members of Congress evacuated as thousands of pro-Trump protestors storm the U.S. Capitol.

At one point during the terrorist siege of the Capitol, Rachel Maddow came on air on MSNBC and she made me feel a little bit better. Maddow described what needed to happen immediately, as MAGA terrorists were still in command of the Capitol, and what she described sounded good: mass arrests of the terrorists, and swift and complete prosecution of these sh-tbirds for all of the crimes they committed and were (at the time) actively committing. Easier said than done, I suppose.

All total, just over 50 people were arrested in or around the Capitol yesterday and most of them were arrested on DC curfew violations. The idea of mass arrests seemed to be a pipe dream, as Capitol Police completely abdicated their duty over the course of about five hours on Wednesday and more than a thousand terrorists were given free rein of the Capitol. While some congressmen thanked the Capitol Police for trying to keep people safe, the overwhelming majority of congressmen, Capitol staffers, journalists and witnesses to the siege were horrified and disgusted by the lack of police action and the lack of arrests in the moment. I heard one security expert say that police weren’t trying to arrest terrorists one by one because of what amounted to the bureaucracy of it all. Which has literally never stopped police forces around the country from conducting mass arrests of peaceful protestors.

There are already calls for investigations into how security was so lax in and around the Capitol, and one House Democrat is calling for mass firings:

The top House appropriator charged with funding the Capitol Police vowed Wednesday to investigate the law enforcement response to the violent mob that overtook the Capitol building and alluded to firings to come among the force. Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) told reporters after the rioting had subsided that “there were some strategic mistakes from the very beginning.”

“I think it’s pretty clear that there’s going to be a number of people who are going to be without employment very, very soon,” Ryan said, “because this is an embarrassment — both on behalf of the mob and the president, and the insurrection and the attempted coup, but also the lack of professional planning and dealing with what we knew was going to occur. You can bet your ass that we’re going to get to the bottom of it,” the Ohio Democrat said.

With control of both chambers and the White House, Democrats could mandate changes among the Capitol Police force through annual spending bills. House Democrats have previously sought to tie police reform to federal funding, in addition to pursuing reports on Capitol Police training policies and procedures to eliminate unconscious bias and racial profiling.

Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), the new chair of the House Appropriations Committee, said the breach of the Capitol “was a coup attempt instigated by President Trump” and that “everyone who has aided and abetted him for the past four years bears responsibility for today’s violence.”

Lawmakers are questioning how rioters were so easily able to breach the building at the heart of the U.S. government, storming the Senate floor and leaving lawmakers, reporters and staff taking cover in the House chamber as the rioters tried to break down the doors. The pandemonium led to the death of one woman and resulted in about a dozen arrests.

Ryan noted video footage that went viral of Capitol Police officers allowing rioters past fencing in order to access the building. “I have no idea why that would be permissible,” he said. “That’s unacceptable. … We’ll be looking at all of that.”

The police response to the pro-Trump protesters was milder than the law enforcement tactics employed when officers used tear gas and rubber bullets in response to Black Lives Matter protesters over the summer.

“If Black people were storming the Capitol, they would have been treated so much differently than they were today,” Ryan said. “I don’t think there’s any question that communities of color would have been handled much, much differently.”

[From Politico]

Yep, all of that. These terrorists had guns, bombs and Molotov cocktails. They destroyed property, stole from congressional offices, and many congresspeople were scared they were going to die at the hands of a white supremacist mob incited by Donald Trump. The police did next to nothing for hours. I’m quite certain that various pro-Trump elements in many police forces have told their men to stand down when confronting armed white supremacist terrorists.

The FBI is now asking for photos, footage and help with identifying the terrorists. You know what would have been a great way to identify the terrorists? Arresting them as they tried to take the Capitol. Arresting them INSIDE the Capitol.

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  1. Elizabeth Regina says:

    Easy answer. They were mostly white and male and you don’t go arresting your brothers, cousins, fathers and uncles even if they are attacking the foundations of democracy and the blue lives they claimed mattered a few months ago.

    • deplhi says:

      I saw a tweet that asked why it took so long for the SWAT teams to show up. One reply said “because it took time for them to go home, change, and come back”.

      Ahem. Not wrong. There was MAJOR complicity there. The photo of the Capitol Police officer taking a selfie with a rioter is just a start

      • SarahCS says:

        Spot on.

      • Elizabeth Regina says:

        Love that reply. It’s very apt.

      • MissMarierose says:

        There was a video going around of an officer helping a woman down the Capitol steps and someone asked why they were doing that. One person said, that’s probably his mom.
        I think that tweeter might have been on to something.

      • (TheOG) Jan90067 says:

        The CP actually HELD THE DOORS OPEN and LET them walk out, even the one carrying the podium!!

        EVERY ONE of those “police” officers need to be fired, stripped of their pensions, and not be employable in law enforcement again for the epitome of egregious neglecting of duty.

        Compare this to how they rolled out in FULL RIOT GEAR, *with* tear gas and rubber bullets when that POS Seditious Traitor did Daughter-Wife’s walk to the church (he NEVER attended) to do his photo op, holding a bible upside down.

        These CP KNEW that these insurrectionists were gathering, planning, that “something” like this was coming down on the 6th for the count. They just basically stood there, with their thumbs up their bums, saying, “This way, Sir…. please, take some more!”.

      • Emily says:

        I saw a bunch of posts on Twitter along the lines of:

        That’s like asking where Miley is when Hannah Montana is on stage.

    • Olenna says:

      Agree, @Elizabeth and @deplhi. When a group of rioters can remove a preliminary barrier to the US Capitol, and the white police guarding it unconcernedly turn their backs to them and walk away as if leading them, this tells me the Capitol police were sympathetic, therefore complicit, with the rioters’ cause.

      • Lizzythe2 says:

        Oleanna I did not know some of these things as I stopped watching at a certain point because I was so disgusted with what I saw. I had to stop because I was feeling so much anger I did not want to take it out on my family if I should lose it. Hearing so many deplorable republicans saying it was Antifa. Well if it was wouldn’t it have been the perfect time to get them? It’s really too much. I’m actually getting angry again just thinking about all this. Yes trump needs to be removed so we can show the world this kind of behavior is not appropriate in a democratic society.

    • Betsy says:


      This is about race in part, but it’s about the fact that the Capitol police clearly agreed with the aims of the armed insurgents. If these officers had not been in ideological agreement with the terrorists, they would have arrested them (if they had been black, they would have been beaten violently and at least ten black people would have been shot on the steps. If the online chatter had been among Muslims, well, they would have been arrested at the airport).

    • Jellybean says:

      Joe Scarborough really went on a rant about it. He said if they had been black they would have shot them in the face, if they had been muslims they would have been taken out by snipers, but because they were white Trump supporters they held the f**king doors open for them. Now he rants a lot, but there did seem to be genuine anger in what he said and it was refreshing the hear it said that bluntly, especially on AMerican TV which is ridiculously prudish when it comes to swearing. I hope a tape come out of Mitt Romney giving some of his Republican colleagues a piece if his mind, as reported.

    • Gab says:

      One tweet I saw said “The people who are asking where were the police, are the same people asking where Hannah is when Miley’s onstage.” lol

    • This is so insane. A disgrace. Change can’t come fast enough.

  2. Cali says:

    The terrorist thugs were mostly White males😐, that’s why.

  3. nicegirl says:

    I’m wondering if we’re in the worst possible timeline now?

    • Elizabeth Regina says:

      No (I hope). We are in a time of change and change is often ugly. It has to get worse before it gets better.

      • Betsy says:

        I also have mild hope in that it’s not like this type of thing is without precedence in the US (not storming the Capitol, specifically, but this vein of white supremacy violently asserting itself), but so many people caring feels new.

    • Talia says:

      Not even close. The worst possible timeline would be where Trump won the election by a landslide (either legitimately or more likely by succeeding in committing election fraud) and the US was either calmly, peacefully moving towards an absolute dictatorship by the alt right or alternatively it was going that way over the hundreds or thousands of bodies of protesters (since we all know any protest to the contrary would not be met by police officers helpfully moving barricades to facilitate those objecting particularly if they were POC).

      Is this appallingly awful – yes it is but it could be a lot worse.

      Even better, many, many elections have only a small difference between the D and R candidates. If Trump siphons off the 10 or 15% of extremists from the Republican Party to some new party he sets up, he will ensure a Democratic landslide in most elections for the foreseeable future. The 3rd party candidates worked to keep Hilary out – let’s see how the Republicans like it when a split vote goes against them.

    • Heather H says:

      Well, if you watch any dystopian movie it certainly could be worse. However, it does feel like the early days setting us up for a dystopian world in the future.

  4. Oh_Hey says:

    Because they were white. This is literally all the internet is talking about today – comparing the white domestic terrorists vs what we all know would have happened to BLM or any other larger gathering of POC.

    • Christin says:

      Or if they were in wheelchairs, advocating for health care. Remember photos of wheelchair-bound protesters being physically carried away during ACA repeal threats?

      • Elizabeth Regina says:

        That was dreadful and for some reason, there were plenty of police officers to carry people out but yesterday they were not to be found. I wonder why that was?

      • MissMarierose says:

        Or if they were priests and nuns advocating for immigrant children in cages. Capitol officers arrested 70 of them last year.

      • Mac says:

        Capitol Police sent about 100 officers to arrest Jane Fonda and ten of her best friends for a peaceful sit-in in the Dirksen atrium. The cops threatened to arrest me for merely being a spectator. They could have stopped the insurrectionists, instead they basically joined them.

      • Annetommy says:

        I believe new Senator Warnock was arrested when he prayed at a protest at the Capitol.

    • Anne Call says:

      White and right wing. Remember the elderly white man that was pushed to the ground and badly injured. Cops didn’t care because he was a liberal. Every capitola police officer should have to resign and then hired back one by one.

  5. grabbyhands says:

    Why weren’t there mass arrests? Besides that the cops were complicit in the insurrection because they are little else than 45’s personal goon squad at this point? Oh, and that these were white people.

    Unfortunately, very little is going to come of the FBI request. They would probably have to arrest half the police force. This is all just optics. Still, I hope some of those cops had a good night swimming in the humiliation of defending a bunch of rednecks who suddenly didn’t think that blue lives matter and spent all the time they weren’t committing treason insulting and threatening them instead.

    • (TheOG) Jan90067 says:

      The CP actually HELD THE DOORS OPEN and LET them walk out, even the one carrying the podium!!

      EVERY ONE of those “police” officers need to be fired, stripped of their pensions, and not be employable in law enforcement again for the epitome of egregious neglecting of duty.

      Compare this to how they rolled out in FULL RIOT GEAR, *with* tear gas and rubber bullets when that POS Seditious Traitor did Daughter-Wife’s walk to the church (he NEVER attended) to do his photo op, holding a bible upside down.

      These CP KNEW that these insurrectionists were gathering, planning, that “something” like this was coming down on the 6th for the count. They just basically stood there, with their thumbs up their bums, saying, “This way, Sir…. please, take some more!”.

  6. aang says:

    My native cousins captioning the buffalo dude’s pictures last night were keeping me alive. And yah, they should all have been arrested, each and every one. They need to go to jail and be treated by whatever therapist deprograms scientologists.

    • OriginalLala says:

      My Indigenous friends were posting all sorts of memes about him too, it was hilarious! That dude is now infamous for being the poster boy for stupidity.

      • equality says:

        The guy is stupid. He should be very easily identifiable to the FBI with all those tattoos he felt compelled to show off.

      • Christin says:

        He’s been ID’d on social media as a Q-supporter and wannabe actor from Arizona. Jake something or other.

        The brick wall arm tattoo is a giveaway. He’s also appeared in that outfit at other times.

  7. AndaPanda says:

    I heard the rioters were taking selfies with the mob inside the capital. As a POC it’s sickening after the violence we all watched this summer against people peacefully protesting. Shaun King posted a photo of 100s of police on those same steps “defending” the capital in full military gear in preparation for a BLM protest. The stark contrast is undeniable. Also they need a deep clean for anywhere those covid infected criminals were. Pelosi needs to make sure her stuff is extra disinfected.

    • Elizabeth Regina says:

      The arse wipe that broke into Pelosi’s office, took a selfie of himself with his feet on her table and had the audacity to steal her personal mail and correspondence in paper form AND take another selfie outside the premises. He has broken at least 3 federal laws and should be jailed but we know that won’t happen. Some even read and downloaded personal email information which breaches so many laws. Just shocking.

      • Digital Unicorn says:

        The fact that they knew how to access those email addresses reaffirms that they were prepped for just that – they had been told how to breach secure IT systems. This was also a cover to get access to sensitive information that senators have access to – it will be used by Dump to fuel his lies and sell to Russia. You can bet that the insurrectionists had help from within Capitol Hill. This was planned with the full support and assistance from Dump.

        Re: Pelosi’s office, I read that it was the desk of her assistant.

      • Nana says:

        It depends – if they’re being arrested for breaking DC law, then exactly – what’s the hold up? But if they’ve broken Fed laws, I hope the authorities hold off arresting and charging (or even naming) any of the offenders until after Biden’s inaugeration. Drumpf will just pardon them all anyway if they’re charged before he’s out the door.

      • Veronica S. says:

        He’s the one I think actually the most likely to go down, to be honest. Postal Inspectors don’t f*ck around with that stuff, and they go after it pretty aggressively.

      • Belig says:

        “The fact that they knew how to access those email addresses reaffirms that they were prepped for just that – they had been told how to breach secure IT systems.”

        Um. Or panicked staffers didn’t lock their workstations and they had their Outlook open, you know.

      • Digital Unicorn says:

        @Belig – Most IT systems have as a default security settings where the computer is locked after a certain period of inactivity (usually 5 mins) so I would assume congress IT would have this kind of security protocols in place.

        I imagine some people did run away from their desks quickly but it also depends on how long it took for the rioters to get into offices.

      • Belig says:

        @DU, I was basing my comment on a journalist’s tweet: he had a photo of an inbox displaying the warning from the internal security service telling staffers to take cover, etc. The recipient had opened it, and run away immediately! Makes sense. (Source: Elijah Schaffer’s profile. I can’t find the picture now, I think he’s deleted it because it must have been illegal. He has some viral videos, but might lean MAGA himself…)

      • Dollycoa says:

        I wonder why none of them even bothered to cover their face while they were committing treason, criminal damage and threatening legislators? Wonder if it was because they had a funny feeling absolutely nothing would happen to them even if anybody bothered to stop them? I wonder how they knew that?

  8. Christin says:

    Imagine being a tourist who simply walked past the entrance security checkpoint, to look at the magnificent artwork. No doubt you would have been physically detained at the minimum.

    I can remember having to supply my SS number and personal information before a high school awards trip to DC and the WH grounds — in the 1980s!

    Yesterday’s mob scene suggests that anyone can enter a supposedly secured federal building. And who might have been in that crowd? Foreign assets? Who knows.

    • laura-j says:

      On a live feed I saw what looked like a couple of Japanese Tourists, they were walking through with their map, looking SO confused. It was the only thing that made me at least chuckle… Can you even imagine?

      Of course I hope they are ok.

      And they didn’t get arrested because well white.

  9. heygingersnaps says:

    it’s like asking if water is wet, the answer is obvious, capitol police, national guard and the rest of them are complicit or probably sympathise with them. There are footage of police helping these domestic terrorist off the steps amongst other things.

    • (TheOG) Jan90067 says:

      Every single one of those seditionists should’ve been arrested as they were ALLOWED to exit the buildings!! EVERY. SINGLE. ONE!

      Jim Sciutto is discussing this right now on CNN. He compared it to 488 BLM protestors arrested in ONE NIGHT, and only 54 total yesterday.

  10. readingissexy says:

    I am not someone who usually says fuck the police, but honestly….fuck the police. Racism is insinuated in all national/local infrastructure in the US, but its insidious presence in policing–along with the modern prison system acting as an extension of indentured servitude–means the system is broken beyond repair.

    And last night was evidence of the police system being rotten to its core due to racism and whiteness. Police OPENING GATES for white rioters. Police GINGERLY HELPING elderly white rioters. Few to little arrests. Media conglomerates referring to these white people as protesters and not criminals and thugs (they’re criminals and thugs). Our president deligitimating the democratic will of millions of people in this country who support a black-white presidential ticket. Honestly, all of the events yesterday are the definition of white privilege and are the repercussions of racism as a public crisis.

    • Jodi says:

      agree 100% and same on the F the Police sentiment. I was saying that this morning. I am not usually a person who goes there but i am going there today. we pay for their riot gear, their guns and their military style weapons for supposedly serving and protection against THIS VERY THING and those racist jokers did NOTHING. I don’t want to hear anyone talking about how Defunding the Police is wrong. i don’t want to hear it. take it all away from them. invest in programs that will actually help the American people. ALL AMERICAN PEOPLE. not just the white ones. they should gut that whole department and start from scratch at this point. they failed. and they are criminal in their complicity.

      • Anne Call says:

        White and right wing. Remember the elderly white man that was pushed to the ground and badly injured. Cops didn’t care because he was a liberal. Every capitola police officer should have to resign and then hired back one by one.

  11. Snuffles says:

    I was just saying in the other thread there was a complete difference from the Capitol Police in the afternoon and the National Guard that showed up by the evening.

    The Capitol police did almost nothing while the National Guard immediately started fucking people up.


    This needs to be investigated and there should be mass firings.

    • Becks1 says:

      Yeah we kept saying, omg where is the National Guard, knowing when they got there that the mood would change.

      Agree there should be mass firings, we’ll see if it actually happens.

      • Chicken Tetrazzini! says:

        Thankfully the dems have control and maybe they can get some changes enacted to scrape out the rot. Feels as insidious as black mold though, may have to burn the whole thing down

      • Becks1 says:

        Oh I did look at that tweet – those ARE the capital police finally pushing back. Took them long enough, but they finally got to that point. The National Guard was pissed too though.

      • Becks1 says:

        Wait to correct my above comment – those are the metropolitan police, which someone pointed out in another thread are different from the Capitol police.

  12. osito says:

    Thank you, Kaiser. That’s all I have to say. I can’t process my fear and anger as cleanly as you have in your coverage of this nightmare, so thank you.

    • Thirtynine says:

      Yes, thank you. I know this is a gossip site, but i really appreciate your coverage of all this.

  13. josephine says:

    As these thugs and terrorists are outed on social media, they probably won’t even lose their jobs. First, most of them probably don’t even have jobs, and second, those who do manage to hold down a job are probably in communities where their bosses were also there.

    Here’s the thing though. We live in a country of more than 320 million people are the orange facist could only muster up a couple thousand deginerates whose only plan seemed to be to take selfies once they were in the capitol. There was no political agenda for the vast majority of the low-lifes who showed up. I would still prosecute every single one of them to the full extent of the law, but watching the footage it was obvious that these people were cowards and quitters, much like their orange leader.

    But there were some real terrorists there, so our efforts need to be on finding the people who left the bombs. Hopefully the US can get back to ending the white supremacy hate groups and terror cells in the US now that a real administration will be in charge.

    • Elizabeth says:

      Josephine, the narrative of white economic anxiety as an excuse for violence (or for voting for Trump) needs to end now. These terrorists are racists and neo-Nazis, hateful and lovers of violence: they are almost certainly not economically marginalized. If you look at Trump supporters by and large they are actually well off.

      I write this as someone who’s ACTUALLY homeless (sleeping at friend’s house so I’m much luckier than most) and unemployed right now. Unemployment does not have to be a moral judgment on the individual. It’s a pandemic — jobs are scarce and there are MANY people in this country who are suffering right now. The majority of us who are in economic straits aren’t doing this shit. The MAGAts have money and time.

      • josephine says:

        No one is suggesting that it’s an excuse and I’m defiitely NOT saying that joblessness causes this behavior. There are certainly well-founded maggots but that’s not who showed up. The well-funded people pull the strings and they get people like this to do their bidding. My point was that these “front line” people are the ones with little to lose and the ones who are easy to manipulate into being the ones who will get caught, shot, and disgraced. And I’m not suggesting that these people are jobless (or probably more accurately, underemployed) because they don’t have opportunities – I think they rather blame everyone else and sit around being angry. Being white and young gives them a huge advantage but they rather complain and whine than actually work toward something. They are a disgrace.

    • Noodle says:

      @josephine, I think their actions demonstrate that they couldn’t plan this at any level. I read that once they breached the building, they asked “Where are they?”, as if the congresspeople were just going to be sitting there waiting for them. Then they turned to asking “Where is Pence?”, again, as if the Secret Service would have him appreciating the hallway artwork. I honestly don’t know what they would have done would they have found them/him, or what was their ultimate objective. Yes, some of them may have been capable of physical harm or taking hostages, but so many of them seem so intent on disruption without much forethought, and for that I’m thankful. The next riot may be better organized and carried out.

    • Tiffany says:

      Two of these terrorist’s were identified as a lawyer and an exec at a development firm and another one identified her ex, who is a West Point grad and currently a financier.

      So, yeah, that who ‘they probably don’t have jobs’ myth that y’all like to use to sympathize with white supremacist shows you telling on yourself.

      • Noodle says:

        @tiffany, another one identified himself by name in video online once he entered the building. He’s a newly-elected state representative from West Virginia. Unsure how long he’ll keep that position if he’s in federal prison.

      • Tiffany says:

        @Noodle. Just read that another was interviewed, yes interviewed and is a police chief in New Hampshire.

        They can tell on themselves because they know nothing is going to happen to them.

      • Alarmjaguar says:

        And don’t forget Elizabeth from Knoxville who was shocked, shocked that she got maced for attacking the damn capitol of the United States and then complained about it to a reporter.

      • Digital Unicorn says:

        I desperately want the twat who was photographed grinning and waving to the press as he walked out carrying one of the platform plinth things – they really did think they would do what they wanted without repercussions.

  14. Ctgirl says:

    Such a horrible situation.

  15. Watson says:

    Highlight was seeing the police gently escort a female terrorist down the steps post attempted coup. It was so pathetic.

    The only law enforcement I was terrified for was the lone black officer the terrorists chased through the halls as he tried to get the terrorists to stop.

    Even though I feel horror at what happened, I cannot help but be reminded that Stacey Abrams saw her 10 year dream of invigorating the democratic base in Georgia bloom into fruition. That black woman saved America and the rest of the free world from another term of Trump and a Mitch McConnell majority. If she, a black southern woman, did not give up on America, then I will not either.

    • mrsBump says:

      i appreciate what you said, but we ( the rest of the free world) are no longer looking at America for guidance with or without Trump.

      • Watson says:

        I never said anything about foreign countries looking to America for guidance. I was merely referring to the effects that American politics and policy has on foreign countries. When Trump was elected we knew we were in for a ride. I’m not American if that gives you any context.

  16. mrsBump says:

    because they were white?
    if a muslim had done this, america would be bombarding a random arab country right now in the name of freedom

  17. K.T says:

    It’s a big blindspot of the US not to see this, but worldwide, its true that baby racists and facists will follow their random leaders like lemmings…especially if there’s identity or money on offer.

  18. Jojo says:

    I read some of those arrested for curfew violations are black DC residents who were not involved with the riot.Every time they do these curfews innocent people not involved with the protests or riots get arrested.

    • GuestwithCat says:

      What?!!!!! What?!!! I already was shocked at how few arrests were made given the thousands of people we saw breaking the law and definitely NOT just peacefully protesting. Now you’re hearing some of those were black residents violating the curfew. I saw the curfew when it started and those MAGAts didn’t move their smug white asses for well over an hour. And police didn’t do anything. But they’re going to go and find the black people walking on their own streets. But people are going to say “A curfew is a curfew, the black people should have observed it.”

      2021 looks to be starting off where 2020 left off. We get the Great White Privilege Insurrection of Covidiots.

  19. Rapunzel says:

    Praying Joe Biden’s Administration will light a fire under the FBI to conduct more arrests. They have footage. Identification can easily happen.

    • olliesmom says:

      Many of their faces are in plain sight. Does the FBI have some kind of facial recognition that is based on drivers licenses and FOID cards? Also, they need to post these faces all over the place. I’m sure these clowns have neighbors, coworkers and family members who will gladly come forward and identify them in a second.

      • windyriver says:

        Not sure how the various entities interact (FBI, Capitol police, Metropolitan police), but the Metropolitan police are going after them as well. Earlier saw the tail end of a news conference with the mayor and the new acting chief – sworn in last Saturday. He’s a career officer, raised in DC, and black. He was holding up big blown up pictures for the camera, saying the same thing – you can clearly see who they are, we want information.

      • Digital Unicorn says:

        I think that many of these people will likely be turned in by outraged family, friends and others in their communities.

        Dump is no Guy Fawkes.

  20. Midnight@rheOasis says:

    Guess all the foreign terrorists are thinking “damn, if we need it would be that easy to take over the Capitol building, we’d have done it by now”

  21. Lightpurple says:

    Apparently, the guy with the horned helmet is well known to Capitol police and numerous Senators and Senate staff. He visits the Senate side frequently.

    Pelosi’s personal calendar and contacts list were taken, copied, & posted on Parler and Twitter where racist, sexist conservative pundits like Kyle Kashuv, the pro-gun Parkland kid who was the darling of the NRA, TPUSA & the GOP until Harvard bounced him for racist postings, are inviting their followers to criticize her personal life.

  22. Veronica S. says:

    It’s possible there will be more arrests in the weeks coming since there are historically situations where they deescalate first (and yes, I know how ridiculously white privileged that is) when they don’t have the numbers to mass arrest. I can tell you that the dude who stole mail from Pelosi is definitely going down, though – that’s a federal crime, and the Postal Inspectors do not mess around with that. I’m not getting my hopes up, though. What needs to happen will not (every representative involved in this needs expelled), and this isn’t going away anytime soon. We will be living with the fallout of this coup for the rest of the decade.

    My mother thinks the police there were in on it. After video of them taking selfies and opening gates has come out, I’m having a hard time disagreeing with her. If it wasn’t coordinated, then they certainly allowed it because they didn’t want to be on the receiving end. It should hammer in to everybody what minorities and the poor have been screaming for years – the police are NOT your friend, they will never be somebody you can trust to uphold democracy. Police are a weaponized arm of a fascist state.

    The word domestic terrorist wasn’t thrown around anywhere near as much as it should have been last night. I heard it on a few networks, but it needs to be the blunt narrative. There were bombs found on scene. Four people died. They were carrying guns. That’s a terrorist attack.

  23. Sam says:

    If it’s one thing that history has taught us time and time again, is that all empires fall….well, we are living through history right now as the great American experiment is coming to an end. We are watching the beginning of the end of America or what was once America. If you study history, you’ll recognize the signs and see it for it is and what is happening. I wish it was otherwise, but I’m afraid it’s not.

  24. Tiffany says:

    The Capitol Police were in on this. This was a inside job. Period.

  25. Layday says:

    If you live and work in DC, you know that DC effectively operates as a police state, particularly in times of protest because it is where the three branches of power reside in the US and a significant amount of federal buildings are there. This happened because Trump told federal law enforcement to stand down. Period. I’ve been to protests in DC and the police presence has always been insane. I remember the police presence at this summer’s BLM protests in DC was insane, and we’re suppose to believe that this was an organic uprising that overwhelmed the Capitol. Please, it’s laughable, especially because they knew it was happening and DC’s mayor asked for the DC National Guard to be mobilized the night before. Since DC isn’t a state, their national guard has to be approved by Trump. Gee I wonder why they failed to show. There is way too much police presence in the District (with the added fact that DC and the feds knew these people were coming) to seriously believe that law enforcement wasn’t told to stand down under Trump’s direction.

    • Tiffany says:

      @Layday. Mayor Brewer’s request was denied by the Pentagon. Then Speaker Pelosi made a request and was denied. The only reason that the National Guard did arrive was because they made a request to Gov. Northam in Virginia who did approve his National Guard to head there, and that is when Mother’s Husband got in touch with The Pentagon to get some Guards out there. Mother’s Husband never left the building so he was looking out for his hide.

      There is still no explanation as to why Mother’s Husband made that call and the request went through. He must have said some less than Christian words on the phone to Casino’s bootlicker since he was still stuck at The Capitol.

      • Layday says:

        @Tiffany This makes the case for why DC statehood should be seriously considered by Congress, now more than ever. But I’m sure Pence will now try and save face, pretending he wasn’t one of Trump’s enablers over the last 4 years, to revise history and pretend that he stood up against him. I just hope people don’t forget his complicity so easily.

  26. teehee says:

    Easy, I think Donny Dingus didn’t allow it just like he didn’t see the need for additional security beyond what was provided, cos that would have yknow, stood in the way of the rioters and what not which he WANTED to let in.

    He was BEHIND this 100% and in support of the people , even going so (stupidly) far as to tweet his support and favor for those people.

    May he rot in jail somewhere not on US soil.

  27. Leah says:

    Because they were white. It was like White House down, only with the Americans as the terrorists.

    This was an inside job, these guys were let in by capitol police which should have never happened. It let other countries know how vulnerable we are and it was just a disgraceful act. That building hadn’t been violated like that since 1814 and that was the British during a war. I had always assumed all govt buildings were secure, esp after 9/11 but that doesn’t make a bit of difference if you had the terrorists the keys to the place.

  28. Coco says:

    It starts with wh and ends with acy.

  29. YT says:

    As a comparative analysis, Canada’s parliament was stormed by one person (allegedly) and it caused massive chaos inside and around a large outdoor perimeter.
    Dozens stormed Congress and considering their mindset and such easy access to areas of the highest security clearances, chaos was certainly present however the operation was much more contained; Organized.

  30. Trillian says:

    There was a great tweet: “Why y’all keep asking where the police at? Y’all ask where Miley’s at when Hannah’s on stage?”

  31. Velvet Elvis says:

    “Some of those that work forces, are the same that burn crosses”……

  32. bus says:

    Not sure how many capital police there are. Is it possible they were told to secure the congressmen/women first and to concede the capital building if necessary? I mean, if you figure congress alone, isn’t that like 500 people? And then staff? Reporters? They had to escort, secure and protect a lot of people yesterday. If there’s a few hundred capital police then I can see why, from a strategic point of view, they fell back against the thousands of rioters if use of force wasn’t authorized. That being said, there’s no excuse for adequate forces not being deployed to what was expected to be a hostile situation. This was intentional. Congress was intentionally exposed and heads should roll for that.

    • Veronica S. says:

      Some of them could have been in on it, but honestly…judging from some of the new footage released from the front where you see them overrun, I think a lot of them were legitimately overwhelmed. They’re used to being the aggressors. They’re used to having the power and firing the rubber bullets into the crowd of unarmed protestors. A situation where they weren’t? Suddenly they were afraid for their own life. They opened those gates to protect their own lives.

      • kimberlu says:

        definitely a good point!

      • Dollycoa says:

        But how is that possible? That a police force which is in charge of protecting the seat of government at a time when the President of the United States has told people to come to the Capital and storm the building be overwhelmed? How could they possibly have been caught off guard? Something Ivreadcelsewhere said that about 500 officers out of a force of about 2000 were on duty. Why on that particular day did they not increase police presence? It was not unforeseen. It wasnt just another day at the office. They were either unbelievably incompetent or complicit.

      • Veronica S. says:

        That’s the real question that should be asked – why were there so few officers? That is the conspiracy looking us in the face; with all the backhanded threats and open calls for changing the election, they had plenty of warning that this was coming. The collusion, if any, starts at who set that order.

      • Lanie says:

        When they fear for their Iives around black people, they don’t open gates. They open fire.

        These scumbags are collaborators.

  33. NotSoSocialButterfly says:

    Because they were 99% white males, duh… KKKers and neo-Nazis. Why TF else did they get high fives, photo opps, and doors held open? Capitol popo need a thorough cleansing to root out the racists.

    Crush the patriarchy.

  34. olliesmom says:

    I’m looking at these photos and half of these guys look like Ted Nugent. Ew.