Pro-Trump mob seizes Capitol
Members of the National Guard and the Washington D.C. cops keep a small group of demonstrators away from the U.S. Capitol on January 6 in Washington, DC. A pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol earlier, breaking windows and clashing with cops officers.
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The blame was spread around, with the FBI dismissing the Department of Homeland Security as a lot of novices and hooligans; the military shaking their heads about President Trump and a missing White House leadership; Homeland Security department members buffooning the District of Columbia’s mayor, Lawyer General, and cops; and everybody making clear that “the issue” was somebody else’s.

Sources from other departments said the Department of Homeland Security– which had decreased to use its massive army of law enforcement officers to suppress demonstrations in Portland and other cities, seemingly due to the fact that they were needed in DC to secure government buildings– was making itself essentially absent from the scene for the shift.

The DHS has been indiscriminate in using its law enforcement arms, now the largest in the federal government– Trick Service agents, ICE, Customs and Border Defense, Homeland Security Investigations, Federal Air Marshals and even the Federal Protective Service– to step in over the previous year when protests didn’t involve pro-Trump, right wing mobs. trump, protesters, capitol, building, washington

Advocates of U.S. President Donald Trump demonstration outside the United States Capitol on January 6 in Washington, DC.Demonstrators breeched security and entered the Capitol as Congress discussed the a 2020 presidential election Electoral Vote Certification.
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