Deadly uprising, historic prosecution, and inauguration of Joseph R. Biden Jr. as 46th President of the United States.
Here is a brief timeline of three historic Wednesdays:
– Let’s put it to the test in battle! Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, told the crowd when the president arrived to warm up the Ellipse participants in “Save America in March” on the morning of January 6th.
For weeks, Trump has been repeating false allegations that the presidential election was fraudulent and fraudulent. He looked at a large group of MAGA-cap fans waving flags who had been invited to land in Washington to verify the election in Congress. Trump processed the crowd with the claim that “states had been deceived” and “pathetic Republicans” had been raised who did not dispute Biden’s victory.
“We’re going down to the Capitol. And cheering on our brave senators, members of Congress, and women,” Trump said. “He will never take our country back with weakness. He must show strength and be strong.”
Shortly after 1 p.m., hundreds of protesters pushed through the barriers set up around the Capitol district. They struggled with officers in rioting equipment.
The insurgents kicked and beat the police with their own staff. They are sprayed with chemical irritants and killed. A police officer and four other people, including a female protester shot by police, died as a result of the riot.
He was locked up by lawmakers and staff. Capitol police pulled out their weapons to protect the chamber of the house.
One of the rioters was photographed with a rod under the flag of the Confederacy. The man was trotting on the tiled floor of the Capitol, next to a portrait of abolitionist Charles Sumner and slaveholder John Calhoun.
After police cleaned up the Capitol, Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued a statement saying Congress intends to meet again that night to confirm Biden’s election.
Shortly before 4 a.m. on Jan. 7, Congress finalized the victory for Biden’s Electoral College.
“We deplore the humiliation of the U.S. Capitol, the swamp of innocent blood, loss of life, and disorders threatening our democracy,” Senate Chaplain Barry Black said in prayerful moments after ratification by Congress.
“These tragedies reminded us that words matter and that the power of life and death is in the language,” he said. “We have been warned that eternal vigilance remains the price of freedom.”
The House voted 232-197 to acquit Trump during the fourth presidential account of American history. This was the first time a president had been charged twice.
“By doing so, Donald John Trump has shown that he continues to be a threat to national security, democracy and the Constitution if he can remain in office and has acted in a manner that is seriously incompatible with self-government and the rule of law,” reads the accountability article.
At the time of the vote, thousands of soldiers from the National Guard surrounded and guarded the Capitol complex.
After the vote, Trump issued a video statement asking for peace of mind as the threat of further unrest shook Washington. He did not mention accountability.
The third Wednesday of the new year marked the end of Trump’s presidency.
With her soon-to-be first first lady on her side, Trump told reporters outside the White House that it was “a great honor” to serve as the 45th president of the United States. He said goodbye before boarding Marine One.
Trump’s family and some of his supporters later gathered for a brief farewell ceremony at Andrews Common Base before Trumps boarded the presidential plane for a flight to Florida, just before 9 p.m.
“We’ll be back in some form,” Trump told a modest crowd of fans. – So have a good life. See you soon.
Trump thanked his family and the chief of staff. He promised to “always fight,” and said he wished the incoming administration “good luck” – without mentioning Biden by name.
Biden’s first public appearance was Wednesday morning at a church service at St. Matthew the Apostle Cathedral in DC, with Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, Kevin McCarthy, a home minority leader, and Pelosi.
Biden arrived at the U.S. Capitol shortly after 11 p.m. Harris and her husband, Doug Emhoff, accompanied Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, up the stairs of the building.
Biden finished his oath at 11:48 a.m., handing over his hand to a treasured 19th-century family Bible held by Jill Biden. The oath was taken by Chief Justice John Roberts.
In his inaugural speech, Biden spoke about the rise of white nationalism, racism, and deep political divisions across the country.
“Politics doesn’t have to be a raging fire that destroys everything in its path,” the newly beaten president said, summoning the Americans. “We have to be different than that. America needs to be better than that.”
Biden added: those who did not support him in the election, Biden added, “I will be president for all Americans. I will fight as hard for those who did not support me as for those who did.”
According to him, the oath of his vice-president is a remarkable achievement for a country that continues to struggle to meet the ideal of equality for all.
“Here we stand in the big mall where Dr. (Luther Martin Luther) King (Jr.) spoke about his dream. Here we stand where 108 years ago, at another inauguration, thousands of protesters tried to prevent brave women from marching to vote. Today we celebrate the first woman in American history to be elected to national office, Vice President Kamala Harris, “Biden said.
After his speech, Amanda Gorman, the nation’s first youth poet laureate, called the Americans together to come together and “leave behind a country that has stayed better than we have stayed”.
“Somehow we lived through and witnessed a nation that wasn’t torn, but simply unfinished,” Gorman said in his poem. “We have seen a force that would be divided instead of breaking up our nation. It would destroy our country if it meant delaying democracy. And that effort was almost successful. But while democracy can be delayed temporarily, it can never be defeated once and for all.”
Former President Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton and their spouses attended the inauguration. A joint message was later issued stressing the new president’s call for national unity.
Shortly before 4 p.m., Biden entered the White House for the first time as 46th President. He played “Hail to the Chief” when he and the first lady stopped for a moment at North Portico.
The president and the first lady hugged him. They then gestured to the cameras and walked into the Great Lobby with their extended family.
CNN Maeve Reston, Devan Cole, Paul LeBlanc, Peter Nickeas, Eliott C. McLaughlin, Ellie Kaufman, Manu Raju, Lauren Fox, Jeremy Herb, Phil Mattingly, Nicole Gaouette, Brandon Tensley, Chandelis Duster, Veronica Stracqualursi, Stephen Collinson, Ted Barrett and Marie Barbier contributed to the report.