The mood in the crowd in support of President Trump changed when he declared, “Never surrender.”
Hours before pro-President Donald Trump protesters stormed the US parliament building on January 6, they were just a crowd strewn with flags and banners, gathered in the cold winter breeze, praying. I hope a miracle will happen to change the election results.
While most of Trump’s supporters gathered in the park in front of the White House, where the president was scheduled to speak at 11 a.m., a smaller group gathered outside Parliament House at around 9 a.m.
“We need to get into that building,” shouted Bill Dunphy, the missionary from Ohio, pointing to policemen standing guard outside the iron fence in front of Parliament.
Through his portable speakers, Dunphy leads a group of protesters, urging them to believe and not leave Capitol Hill, waiting for others to appear in support of President Trump.
“We patriots must get in there,” added Dunphy. “This building belongs to our people. They are working for us.”
At around 2:00 PM, Dunphy’s wish came true. Other crowds appeared in support of Trump. The barrier is broken. Parliament building “fell”. Legislators lie in hiding. Armed security personnel blocked the door of the House of Representatives meeting room with firearms.
Protest crowds with only a few hundred people this morning for tens of thousands of people. They kept pushing, and eventually spilled forward, pushing through fragile bulkheads. Then they split up, spreading out to the sides of the Parliament Building, and facing the permanent police guard. They want to break into the building. And very quickly they succeed.
The crowd was outraged by the police using tear gas, but in reality, it was only when protesters flooded the Parliament that the security forces did so in the dome. Outside, a tattooed man tore off the shirt he was wearing and told everyone around that he had been hit in the head. Frustrated, the person said, “I don’t care who they are, but they have badges.”
The news that a participant stormed the Parliament building, leaving the house, brought the atmosphere to a boil.
Trump supporters, most of them unmasked, are making a comeback across Capitol Hill, gazing at the bold marble dome of Congress House and booing any black SUV that appears. .
Lisa Hayes, who describes herself as a political performer, traveled from Sacramento, California, to Washington, D.C. a few days ago. She appeared in an outfit that could not be seen further: a fluffy white tuxedo over it with “stolen” ballot papers. “We will not accept,” he shouted repeatedly with a portable speaker.
“I’m here because this is where the (voters) are counted and it’s where our support is most needed,” Hayes said.
Nick Searcy, an actor from Burbank, California, has the same reason, too.
“This is a historic day. I want to be there,” said Cersei. “I want to see all of that happen, and if today is the last day in the republic, I would like to see it.”
In practice, much of the public does not know whether Congress can change the election results or whether they can prevent the “stolen” election as President Trump has said.
When asked what he wants to achieve by joining the March, Dan Ellison, 53, of Charlotte, North Carolina, replied, “Nothing. I’m here to support my boss. That’s it.” .
Kelly Wolf, 58, from northern Minnesota still hopes Trump can turn things around but is not very optimistic. “I hope God comes here and helps change things.”
Wolf thinks Trump “may” have won more than 50 states. “I think everyone is blind. There is a lot of fraud,” he said.
Large numbers of protesters wore bulletproof vests and helmets, and installed flashlights on the edge of their parachute helmets until 10:00 in the morning.
“I heard things were so crazy, so I wanted to wear a bulletproof vest,” said Josh Welch, 35, an electrical engineer from North Carolina. On Welch’s shirt had the words “Freedom or Death” printed on it.
Among the crowd in particular were members of Proud Boise, the far-right men’s group. For the first time, they weren’t wearing the usual black and yellow but mingled with the crowd. “We wanted it to fit a little more,” said Asher, a Proud Boys member from South Florida.
As Trump began speaking, the atmosphere in which the crowd of protesters had embraced him began to change.
Trump shouted: “You won’t lose when the theft happens.” “Our country has suffered enough. We will not tolerate that.”
“We will never give up and we will never lose.”
Then he shouted to the entire crowd that had gathered in front of the White House to march toward Parliament.
“Here, we will walk and will be with you,” Trump declared, stunned the employees by not knowing anything about his plan to join the march. “We’ll head off to Capitol Hill.”
About an hour after Trump spoke, Capitol Hill was crowded with people. In the end, the US president advised his supporters to protest “peacefully and nationally,” but the motive was immediately forgotten.
A man shouted on his phone to announce the situation, “Everyone is besieging the parliament building!” “Everyone besieges the parliament building!”
Fu Hwang (according to Politico)