A Dark Day in History: The Storming of the Capitol


The U.S. Capitol

On Wednesday, January 6th, 2021 at around 2:30 pm  Eastern time protestors infiltrated the Capital. This would continue until around 6:30 pm, and it would be hectic until the end as protestors damaged windows inside the capital and broke into Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office.  This all started after a Trump Rally where the president and his family plus some of his supporters would come up and speak to the supporters in Washington D.C. The chaos broke out when congress was trying to confirm the electoral votes for the presidential election that happened in November of 2020. 

The aftermath of the attack on the capital was immense with a total of 5 people killed. One victim was a police officer and the other four deaths were protestors.

The reaction from both students and staff members was nearly the same “I was surprised because before that it was mainly peaceful.” said Lucas DuRocher (‘22)  Mr. Gephart had said “I was absolutely stunned. When I first read the headline, I immediately turned on the live stream. As I watched the rioters smash through the windows of our nation’s capitol building, I thought to myself, ‘I thought D.C. was the most secure city in our country. How could this possibly be happening?”’. Both students and teachers were shocked at such a crazy event.

 When asked if there was anything that the president should have done, Mr. Gephart said “Over the last four years, there are many ways this could’ve been prevented. As a president, you have people that look up to you for guidance and direction, and they expect you to do what is best for our nation.”  Many house representatives from both democratic and republican camps agreed that what happened on January 6th was not acceptable and that it was domestic terrorism. 

After the attack on the capital, President Donald Trump would be permanently suspended from Twitter and other social media because of the attack.  Another major thing was that many democrats and some republicans wanted Vice President Mike Pence to use the 25th Amendment on President Trump. However, Mr. Grunder had said this to the idea “ It seems to be of little consequence to remove President Trump from office now. He has already said that the new administration will be inaugurated on January 20th. The 25th amendment is an extreme measure that should not be used lightly as it can set precedent for future presidents.”

The event that happened on Wednesday, January 6th, 2021 it will be remembered by many as “One of the darkest days in history” and not only that it will only get crazier as the FBI is warning all 50 states that their state capital will be attacked by protestors. Not only that for the first time in American history President Donald Trump has been impeached twice within his presidency and that might be something that the Biden Administration will have to deal with once president-elect Joe Biden is inaugurated.