Thousands of people loyal to US President Donald Trump marched to the Capitol Hill on Wednesday, in an attempt to stop Congress from certifying President-elect Joe Biden’s election victory. The unprecedented chaos prompted varied reactions from people on social media.
The US House of Representatives and Senate had met in a rare joint session to begin considering the certification of the Electoral College results when a violent mob of Trump supporters overran security and entered the Capitol building, and even entered the Senate chamber.
At least four people died on the US Capitol grounds and 52 people were arrested. A curfew was imposed and emergency was declared for 15 days in Washington D.C.
Many took to Twitter expressing shock over the violent clash. Take a look at how people reacted:
— Godman Chikna (@Madan_Chikna) January 7, 2021
This is America. pic.twitter.com/WMSrMQOilg
— Minato ⚡ Namikaze (@Duke_Lucas_) January 7, 2021
— DLENG™ (@Nhlanhla35364) January 7, 2021
You either love @realdonaldtrump or you love America. You can’t love both.
— Hector Oseguera, Esq. (@Oseguera2020) January 7, 2021
call the CIA so they could install a new america sponsored government to replace the current one https://t.co/luQalb5jr0
— Wasa (@AsagiKurosagi) January 7, 2021
White America Surely we’re better than this. This is not how we act as a nation.
Black Twitter: pic.twitter.com/Z86cmLLZ05
— lunalemon (@lunarlemons) January 7, 2021
Most of America learning about it’s constitution for the first time ever right now! pic.twitter.com/BP6pdruKLo
— Let’s get Kraken! (@GhostEzra) January 7, 2021
BREAKING!!! Kendall Jenner has arrived at the U. S. Capitol.
— Maj Toure (@MAJTOURE) January 7, 2021
Welcome to the DSA. The Divided States of America pic.twitter.com/MJsiY50NPj
— Regina King (@ReginaKing) January 7, 2021
America hoodlum vs Nigeria hoodlum 😂😂 pls 2021 be nice please! pic.twitter.com/rXcsC61eVW
— Banjolee😈 (@Banjolee4) January 7, 2021
America really be hiring some trash wall architects pic.twitter.com/xs45is3ZHV
— dumbfoundead (@dumbfoundead) January 7, 2021
The Divided States Of America: a movie.
— lady apollo🍯 (@01_28pm) January 7, 2021
— Jainam M (@jainam_mj) January 7, 2021
This is America pic.twitter.com/Jd2sF1fHHA
— All Out DC (@All_Out_DC) January 7, 2021
— jae baxter hardi (@JaeRagnarok) January 7, 2021
this is me after seeing what’s going on in America😫😫💙💙 pic.twitter.com/fjEHBXJM6Y
— 𝖈𝖎𝖙𝖞 𝖔𝖋 𝖙𝖍𝖗𝖎𝖑𝖑𝖘🌃 (@cityof_pastel_) January 7, 2021
America , All of this happened and it’s only day 7 of 2021 pic.twitter.com/WzeTNTCEVN
— Lance 🇱🇨 (@KingLancelot_) January 7, 2021
Hours after the clash, both houses of Congress resumed their work on certifying Biden’s win, with the debate stretching into the early hours of Thursday. (Follow LIVE UPDATES here)
However, supporters of Trump continue to stage rallies across the United States. From Atlanta to Salem, Oregon, and points in between, Trump backers echoed the outgoing president’s false claims of voter fraud, news agency Reuters reported.
Meanwhile, social media giants Facebook and Twitter suspended the president’s account after he posted a string of inaccurate and inflammatory tweets as the chaos unfolded in Washington.