Trump Supporters Storm the Capitol

Aniyah Moyet

Five people died and more than a dozen were injured when insurgents, mostly Trump supporters, stormed the Capitol Jan. 6 to demonstrate how they felt about Congress confirming that president-elect Joe Biden won the 2020 election.

The year 2020 was horrible for many families, but left people with hope of a better year to come. However, rioters went to Washington, D.C. at the start of the new year and marched to the Capitol, managing to get inside. Rioters vandalized property and stole items. When the dust settled, lives and property were damaged.

“Storming of the Capitol was completely unnecessary and it did not achieve anything,” Ford junior Sonia Hadar said. “It was very hard to watch and it caused a lot of danger and destruction. It was embarrassing for the United States and it probably gave off a negative image of the United States to other nations who also viewed this through the media.”

The rioters put a lot of people, including themselves, in harms way.

“The riot was not worth all the chaos and problems,” Utica junior Saja Usman said. “They should be punished for their actions because people got injured and one person was killed.”

Police were outmanned and did best they could to stop the rioters and protect Congress members.

“I think a majority of the police did a terrible job because they were just letting people in and taking selfies with them,” Stevenson sophomore Nina Vinch said. “There were some guards that did try to stop them although they were outnumbered by the mob.

The rioters actions resulted in various emotions.

“I am embarrassed for our country after the storming of the Capitol,” Ford History teacher Jay Anthes said. “It is an American right to protest. Unfortunately, some took it beyond the bounds of law.  Those who attacked police and broke into the Capitol should be prosecuted to the fullest extent.”